How to convert 2D floor plans to 3D with Dibac 2015 for sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get demonstration of Dibac 2015 for sketchup. It is a very useful plugin for sketchup that can be used for generating perfect architectural drawing.

This plugin is specifically designed for architects and other 3d modeling professionals who prefer to draw architectural plans with various 2D tools and convert them to 3D automatically. With this plugin, it is possible to create the drawing of a house in just 5 minutes.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016.

By using it, the architects can draw walls, doors, windows, wardrobes and stairs and produce them dynamically.

This 2015 version allows you to include any component, carpentry and joinery from your library or even from the 3d warehouse.

In order to download a trial version or purchase the plugin, visit

Go through the following video tutorial for online demonstration.

How to convert 2D floor plans to 3D with Dibac 2015 for sketchup

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Arka Roy

Eneroth Tool Memory – The newest sketchup plugin

Eneroth Tool Memory is just introduced in extension warehouse. It supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin can be applied to cycle recently utilized tools in sketchup to accelerate and simplify the modeling process.

The plugin is specifically designed for experienced professionals who prefer to make the best use of their work as well as most ideal for the tools which are utilized too little to get a shortcut for, but very frequent as soon as they are used.

It should be noted that the tool stack only will include actual tools. Other commands, e.g. Save or Zoom Extents, will not be remembered.

This sketchup extension can be downloaded from extension warehouse.

Go through the following video tutorial for online demonstration.

Eneroth Tool Memory – The newest sketchup plugin

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Arka Roy

Wire Bending & Routing Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Wire Bending & Routing Tool is the latest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is developed to serve different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

This plugin is used to draw wire with bending on corners and illustrate perfect length of it.

How does the plugin work ?

1. Choose lines in the model where it is required to route and draw wire
If lines remain in group – explode or edit that group.

2. Operate extension from menu – Extensions -> Wire Bending and Routing Tool

3. Fix parameters: units, wire diameter, bending radius, wire roundness parameter, bending roundness parameter

4. Press OK button

5. If you prefer, copy overall length from the report produced

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

Wire Bending & Routing Tool – The newest sketchup extension

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Soap Skin & Bubble – The newest sketchup demo plugin

Josef L has developed soap skin & bubble, the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is very effective for 3d printing, animation and drawing.

This plugin can be used to provide a skin over edges for generating complicated curved surfaces.

This Plugin is a Time-Limited Demo

Time restriction is April 10, 2019

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse

Watch the demo of the plugin.

Soap Skin & Bubble

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How to create the design of a bookshelf in 3D with sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial is intended for beginner’s sketchup users. The woodworking professionals find sketchup very useful for completing different types of woodworking projects. Besides, sketchup is also very useful for accomplishing metalworking projects.

SketchUp is a robust tool for creating the design of different types of furnitures and other woodworking projects. In the design stage, it is possible to instantly create objects, copy and compare variations, and check how things will appear in three dimensions.

In this video tutorial, one will be familiar with various buttons and tools as well as perfect order of operations which are used in a wood working project.

One will learn how to design a bookshelf with sketchup that is 36 inches tall, 36 inches wide and 16 inches deep. Different types of sketchup tools like rectangle, push pull, select, tape measures, move etc. are used to complete the design of the bookshelf.

To learn the complete method, go through the following video tutorial.

How to create the design of a bookshelf in 3D with sketchup

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Rajib Dey

Some useful tips to create cut openings in your sketchup model

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with 5 different ways to cut holes and create openings in your sketchup geometry.

You will learn how to use push pool tool in sketchup to cut holes very easily and efficiently.

Next, you will learn how to apply intersect with model option to generate and eliminate faces. This options allow the users to connect cut out in different layers.

In SketchUp Make, it is possible to make the effect of a subtraction with the use of the Intersect with Model command. If Intersect with Model is used, the two shapes don’t have to be solid entities rather Intersect with Model employs a dissimilar effect if your shapes remain solids.

Then you will learn how to utilize cut components to cut openings in single thickness walls.

After that you will learn how to apply DoubleCut to cut openings in double walls.

Finally, you will learn how to employ the solid tools of sketchup pro to produce cut openings in your model.

​Watch the following video tutorial to get more clear ideas.

Some useful tips to create cut openings in your sketchup model

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MODELUR for parametric urban design v2018.1_RC2

The modelur team has launched MODELUR for parametric urban design v2018.1_RC2. This plugin is compatible with v2014, v2015, v2016, v2017.

Modelur belongs to a parametric urban design tool that is flawlessly incorporated into SketchUp. It facilitates the users to instantly generate and check various urban design alternatives.

Besides, making real-time calculation of major urban parameters (eg. FAR, number of apartments, required parking spaces, etc.) it also provides interactive 3D zoning, along with warnings when the design is not similar to zoning regulations (eg. buildings are too high or if they are arranged too close together, etc.).

Major advantages:

a. Accelerate your productivity (work 3 times swifter, 5 times more precisely)
b. Work directly within zoning
c. Instantly evaluate design alternatives
d. Produce intelligent decisions
e. Highlight design, not numbers


a. Flawlessly incorporated into SketchUp (making it as simple and intuitive to use)
b. Interactive 3D zoning
c. Parametric buildings (simple and mixed-use)
d. Parametric land uses
e. Real-time calculation of key urban parameters (eg. FAR, site coverage, num. of apartments, required parking spaces, etc.)
f. Export of key urban parameters to CSV (which can be imported in any spread sheet software, eg. Excel)
g. Warnings when certain zoning constraints are not satisfied (eg. FAR is surpassed or buildings are too close together, etc.)
h. Accessible in different languages

A free 21-day trial version is available as soon as Modelur is started in SketchUp

Watch online demonstration of the plugin.

MODELUR for parametric urban design v2018.1_RC2

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Arka Roy

How to create new design scopes in sketchup with v-ray 3.6 and VR Scans

This sketchup video tutorial sheds light on the new design scopes by combining v-ray 3.6 and VR scans in sketchup. The tutorial is derived from a study of architecture interior and exterior project. The tutorial is conducted by Vessel Mikhaylov, a master degree holder from Technical University of Denmark.

Vessel highlights some of the new and exciting features in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup.

V-ray 3.6 for sketchup facilitates the users to render anything from rapid design model to most complicated 3d scenes. Rendering speed is very fast and one can design rapidly with the interactive rendering mode. Given below, some of the new features in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup.

a. Enhancements with UI and workflow
b. Greater speed
c. Enhancements with materials and textures
d. GPU rendering enhancements

V-ray 3.6 contains a new lighting algorithm known as adaptive lights to accelerate the rendering process considerably particularly in scenes where there are lots of light sources.

Lots of new materials and textures are included in this new version. The VR scan material is now supported and it allows to apply the curves groups scanned material technology in your project.

Besides, there are various types of GPU rendering enhancements like the hybrid rendering system. Displacement in aerial perspective is also now supported on the GPU.

Watch the following video tutorial to get more detail information.

How to create new design scopes in sketchup with v-ray 3.6 and VR Scans

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Designing video surveillance systems using 3D visualization

Göran Sandberg, Axis Communications

 Security is often an integral part of the design process of new buildings – and an important consideration especially in large buildings such as airport terminals, or office complexes. Video surveillance cameras are used to monitor key areas such as entrances or high security zones, but it is important to understand where exactly to place them and what technical specifications are required to achieve optimal coverage.

 Installation of the surveillance systems also needs to meet the expectation of the end users. What can be seen and how will the different scenes look like when viewed through the eyes of a camera are some the basic questions to ask in order to help clients understand both the capabilities and limitations of different features, or systems in general. A well-functioning system that does not meet customers’ expectation is not going to inspire clients’ confidence in future projects.

 Deciding on the number, type and position of video surveillance cameras needed has traditionally required complex and time-consuming manual calculations. 3D visualization now makes the system designers’ lives much easier and helps them do their job more cost-efficiently and accurately: New tools are available that integrates with popular CAD software and assist designers with the planning and layout of complete video surveillance systems.

 Axis Communications, a leader in network video, is one company that offers a range of free tools that integrate with Autodesk Revit, SketchUp and Microsoft Visio – some of the most popular design software solutions that are widely used in architectural planning, building layout and system design. Available for download from the Internet as an addition to the CAD software, and with camera models available for import into CAD drawings; tools like these help designers decide on the ideal position for each camera by simulating camera coverage based on the camera’s field of view and required resolution.

  Designing video surveillance systems using 3D visualization 

Axis Coverage Shapes for Microsoft Visio helps security system designers decide on the ideal position for each camera by simulating camera coverage based on camera field of view and required resolution.

 How it works

 Designers can import existing drawings and building layouts or uses the software to draw up the layout of the area they need covered by video surveillance, and then use a simple drag-and-drop function to choose and place cameras directly into the building drawing plans. Realistic, interactive 3D camera models in Autodesk Revit and SketchUp illustrate what the camera set-up will look like in real life, how the cameras integrate with their surroundings, and which area the video surveillance system will cover once installed. Users can choose from a large range of cameras and mounts and place them on any surface in the building plan. Once placed in the design, the software shows the camera’s entire field of view as a colored area, with a resolution guide that helps determine the area where the target image solution is met.

 To achieve the best coverage with the video surveillance system and optimize the system layout, the software allows designers to try out and compare different camera models, mounting positions and view angles. The software includes controls so users can specify values such as the required focal length, target resolution and mounting height. Users can interactively move the cameras by dragging them to different mounting points and pan or tilt them to determine the camera’s field of view for various setups.

 One feature uniquely available for Autodesk Revit and SketchUp is a camera view feature that lets users switch to 3D views as seen from the security camera’s point of view, and look through the lens of the camera literally at the click of a button. In SketchUp, this view, the camera can also be rotated or its angle adjusted and the user can see how this changes the field of view from the camera. This allows designers to get a good impression of what the final video surveillance scene will look like at an early stage in the design project, and identify any objects that might obstruct the camera’s field of view such as columns or walls.

 Once all cameras have been placed in the building design, it is then easy to verify the coverage area for the entire video surveillance solution. These images/scenes can also be used talking to the end user in regards to the systems’ functionality, and help out setting the correct expectations which can then be achieved by the system once installed.

 Designing video surveillance systems using 3D visualization  

 Axis Camera Families for Autodesk Revit offers detailed metadata required for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and allows security system designers to interactively visualize camera coverage.

 SketchUp vs Autodesk Revit

 SketchUp is a popular and readily accessible 3D CAD software that is particularly easy to use, while Autodesk Revit offers some more advanced and powerful design features that are useful especially in larger design and building projects. To make full use of those, the camera models for Autodesk Revit include detailed metadata required for Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. They are files which can be exchanged or networked to support decision-making about a place. From inside the CAD drawing, users can access information about each camera such as the model number, focal range, resolution, mounting options and mounting accessories available, as well as power consumption. Once the design is complete, a camera summary lists all cameras used in the design, including any mounting accessories required for the installation.

 There are a number of benefits in using 3D visualization tools when designing video surveillance systems.

 The most obvious benefit is how 3D visualization helps with camera selection and placement. With these tools, system designers have easy access to a complete range of different cameras directly inside the software, including links to relevant technical specifications. By dragging and dropping the cameras in the CAD design and moving them around, they can see what each camera looks like in its environment from a design perspective, and view the camera’s coverage for all the different camera types and possible mounting points. This allows them to decide which camera is best suited for the scene that needs to be monitored, and where it should be positioned.

 3D visualization tools also help system designers to determine and meet the operational requirements for each video surveillance camera, such as ensuring that the camera has enough resolution, expressed in pixels per foot or per meter to identify a person entering a building through a particular doorway, or to be able to apply intelligent video analytics. With an image resolution guide, the tools provide clear guidance on the image quality that can be expected from each camera in the given setup, and they clearly show the area in the camera’s field of view where the required target resolution will be achieved. By exploring using different cameras and mounting options for the video surveillance solution, system designers can make sure that the finished and installed system will not only cover the right areas in or outside the building, but also deliver the required image quality.

 Designing video surveillance systems using 3D visualization  

With Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp, security system designers can evaluate how cameras fit into the building layout and easily spot if the camera view coverage is obstructed by columns or walls.

 Autodesk Revit and SketchUp both include advanced features that let users simulate the movement of the sun throughout the year, and Autodesk Revit can even simulate foliage growth on nearby trees and shrubs. Both are important in understanding the light conditions in which each camera will operate. For example, in winter the sun might be so low that it shines into a camera’s lens through a window, or foliage might be so dense in summer that an area in the building becomes very dark or the view from a camera might become obstructed. In both cases, simulating and visualizing the setup will help the system designer decide whether a camera needs to be moved, or a different camera chosen that can cope with difficult light conditions.

 Finally, 3D visualization tools are a useful aid for system designers in setting the right expectations with their clients. By demonstrating exactly what the installed system will look like, what it will cover and what camera views to expect, clients will be able to understand the capabilities and limits of the system. The installation and approval process can be streamlined and the list of issues that will need to be fixed before a project can be signed off can be significantly reduced.


 To achieve the best level of security and avoid blind spots that could potentially become a security issue, security systems need to be planned at the same time as other essential services such as electrics and plumbing. With an integrated video surveillance system planning tool, designers can see exactly how the cameras fit into the building layout and can easily detect if views are obstructed by columns or walls, or if the camera installation conflicts with any other building systems such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations. This helps to manage customers’ expectations when potential issues can be identified and tackled as early as possible.

 With interactive 3D visualization tools like these, architects, engineers and system designers can improve planning and work more efficiently. The result is more effective value engineering, device placement, conflict identification and aesthetic coordination.


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Arka Roy


SketchUp Tutorial Video – A Practical Course

This SketchUp training course teaches you how to use this 3D modeling program designed for architects, engineers, designers. SketchUp comes in two versions, a free and paid version. This tutorial can be used with either version, and is designed for the absolute beginner. No prior experience with 3D modeling programs, or SketchUp specifically, is required.

You will start by exploring the user interface for SketchUp, getting familiar and comfortable with navigating and where the tools are located. The course utilizes many Ruby scripts, which are provided in the working files, and he will show you how to install and use the scripts throughout the course. Some of the functions that you will be taught throughout this tutorial include; working with lines and shapes, how to make faces and surfaces, drawing edges, scaling your models, working with layers and using the architectural tools. You will also learn how to style your work, use color and texture on your models, create walkthrough animations and finally, how to export your work to share and present it.

By the completion of this computer based video course for SketchUp, you will be comfortable using the tools within the software to create and share 3D models. This video tutorial includes working files, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.



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Arka Roy