New 3d challenge Arch-Viz Modern Office Building Render Contest by Sketchup Texture

Sketchup Texture is organizing its latest 3D challenge Arch-Viz Modern Office Building Render Contest for December 2014 – January 2015. This 3d challenge is based on a 3d model of a modern office building that is designed, modeled and rendered by Quốc Hữu Trần, a young architect from Vietnam.

Modern Office Building refers to a project that aptly depicts the architectural trends of current years which involve cement, metal armatures, transparency, glass windows “plein air” effect, simple geometric shapes through a stylish optical lightness.

Synopsis: Each contestant has to produce a digital image for making an environment with the help of the model provided. The images can be created with any scene, either: natural, industrial, urban, ecological realistic or imaginary. You have to generate the right surroundings focusing on the best features of this modern office building.

You are allowed to restore all the textures as per your choice, but not allowed to modify the appearance as well as the architectural structure of the project. You are eligible to include any personal detail vegetation, background, peoples, creating atmosphere you want, so as to provide a distinctive mark of your creativity.

Guidelines: Each contestant has to abide by the following rules and regulations:-

  • All members belonging to sketchup texture’s Facebook public Group 3D Challenge, are eligible to take part by registering at the site SketchupTexture Club . Registration is free.
  • Any type of software and rendering engine can be used in the competition.
  • Only uploaded Works to the site of sketchup texture club are considered as valid. The final renders can only be uploaded to the site.
  • The contestants can also upload their “work in progress” inside the group 3D Challenge, facilitating all to admire the work process behind the image accordingly transforming the challenge into a great platform for confrontation and learning for all.
  • At the time of uploading your 3d artwork inside the group 3D Challenge, you should specify what rendering engine has been used.
  • In case your “work in progress ” is published in another group or social network, you must label: SKT 3D challenge arch-viz international render contest.
  • Each contestant can render maximum 3 final images.
  • Minimum image resolution is 1600 x 900 or 900 x 1600. You are not allowed to upload any image to the site which contains a lower resolution by default.
  • Each art work should contain the logo ‘3D CHALLENGE’ that was included in the download.
  • The last date for submitting entries is Saturday January 31, 2015 at midnight Italian time.

Prizes: To each competitor will receive only one prize-
First prize : 1000 U.S. dollars
Second prize : 500 U.S. dollars
Third prize : 250 U.S. dollars
2 awards (special mention) : 150 U.S. dollars for each one

SPECIAL MENTION: The sponsors solely take the decision for choosing 2 works amongst all the competitors for the best creativity and visual impact and each one, will be rewarded with a prize of 150 US dollars.

Register online

For getting more updates, visit www.sketchuptextureclub.com

New 3d challenge Arch-Viz Modern Office Building  Render Contest by Sketchup Texture

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SketchUp – some tips and tactics

SketchUp is known for its speed activities. It is a quick 3D modeling programme. It often uses as landscaping architects. SketchUp is not so tough to learn, but it takes some time to become expert in this trade. Kevin Pfeiffer, writer of landarchs.com has come up with this article. We made an excerpt.

Yes, there are some shortcuts to save the time; still it will take some time to learn. We are trying to present some tricks for your help:-

How to lock axis: Functioning shape on 3D space on a 2D screen is not simple. There is much confusion taken place automatically. If you shift to a circle, you may feel that it would go up along y-axis, witnessed that goes along z-axis. In that case you have to use arrow keys for locking the axis. The up and down arrows are Y-axis (Blue) and in the left, the Z-axis (green), then turn right x-axis (red). The movement will be known from here.

Arrow Keys To Lock Axis

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Use of array tool: Many people simply copy and paste the sketchup shape objects and other things. Many people also repeatedly try Ctrl+v to paste it. It is suggested to use AutoCAD array tool for speedy use of sketchup.

Watch this video learning:


Photoshop for vegetation must: Sketchup has many downloadable options (3D Warehouse), but while growing vegetation, the file size creates a problem. The best rout is to use Photoshop with PNG format.

Use Photoshop For Vegetation in Collage Making

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For Large Tool set: see this flow chart

view> toolbars…> large tool set.

The Large Tool Set

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Hotkeys: If the designers wish to speed up the project, then they can use hotkeys. Follow this: window>preferences>shortcuts to obtain the page. SketchUp has developed a list of shortcuts and hotkeys.

Custom Shortcuts/Know Your Hotkeys

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Plugins: These are made for enhancing the capacity of SketchUp. Click the links

Side count for polygon:

This video tutorial can guide the designers.

Selecting by click: The Selection on the screen is a major problem in Sketchup. Count the number of click and then, select the face and the face and edge and the whole of the object.

Knowing How To Select With Clicks

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Measurement tool: The designers need to syn into the measurement, angle and rest of the data into sketchup. This is the similarity between sketchup and autoCAD that designers do not need to select the textbox contributing data.

Understanding The Measurements Tool

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There is also a ruler tool which marks line on XYZ.

Rulers

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Online Toy Design Starter Course for sketchup professionals

This course is basically designed for teaching the fundamentals of 3D modeling in Sketchup as well as highly developed processes useful for small sized product design, joints and designing parts to be “snap fit”, preparing files for 3D printing through Shapeways, and arranging your Shapeways Shop page to put up your items for sale. By undergoing the course one can get a base action figure model that can be customized, renovated and sold in his/her own shop.

Space is limited to 10 students per class, however, if demand is high enough a second class can be offered for Sunday nights.

There will be also presentation on the program Netfab and the Sketchfab and Shapeways services at the end of the course. Netfab is a free program through which one can verify his/her models for mistakes prior to 3D printing. Sketchfab provides web services to display, share and embed 3d files online. Shapeways is the online service for creating 3D print of any models.

There will be three types of classes:-

  • The $50 Live classes – These classes that will be held in the Google Hangouts and the participants have to upload their projects for appraisal. Live students can get access to the recorded sessions for viewing them once more afterward. At the end of the course, the participants can get access to the finished minifigure model.
  • The $40 Video + classes – With these classes, the participants can have the course files, the video recordings, and get the ability to upload their models for review. The participants who need feedback on their work then this course is ideal for them. At the end of the course, Video+ students will also obtain a copy of the completed minifigure model.
  • The $30 classes Video – These classes are specially designed for them who will be unable to commit the class time and would like to watch the recorded sessions after the fact. These participants can’t upload their projects for appraisal. The participants can access to the lesson files. At the end of the course Video Only students could not get access to the completed minifigure but they can have access to all the part spec sheets so in order to model their own figure based off of these specs.

Location of the job will be Dubai, United Arab Emirates and monthly salary US $3,000. Candidates having UAE experience and a driving license will get the preference.

Register your seat immediately as the seats are limited 10 students for each class.

Online Toy Design Starter Course for sketchup professionals

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Best way to clean 3D printer

There are so many attractive technique to advance the performance, as well as strength and sturdiness, of a 3D printer. This is an up-and-coming industry, thus modernization, discoveries and improvements in the way things are done are continually being discovered. It’s oftentimes the small developments, and ideas, which make the major divergence.

This is certainly the case with a little machine called the Universal Filament Filter, created by a company based in Sweden called Creative Tools. The main part is so small that it can be 3D printed within an hour. What it does, is help to clean and oil filament use in an FFF/FDM 3D printer.

Once the main part is printed, a minute piece of foam, or a sponge, should be cut to dimensions just about the size of the 3D printed part. This piece can then be pushed into the hole within the filter. Once this is done, you are ready to feed the end of a reel of filament in through the hole, making sure it goes directly through the sponge situated inside, and out the other end. It may make it trouble-free to cut off a little piece of filament on an angle, so that the end of the spool is sharp and can more easily pass though the sponge.

Now, just add a little bit of mineral oil, which can be found at almost any convenience store, to the sponge, and you are ready to go.

The filament filter should be placed somewhere in the area between the reel and the extruder, so that the filament which is fed into the extruder first passes through the filter.

What the filter does is oil the filament, while also cleaning any dust or other particles from it. In doing so, you will reduce the strain on the extruder’s motor, making it last longer and perform better. In addition, the filter will prevent clogging of the extruder caused by dirty or dusty filament, an all too common problem users run into with desktop 3D printers.

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Twilight render version 2.0 for sketchup

Twilight render is a photo-rendering plug in of Trimble SketchUp. Twilight puts power directly into Sketchup, making the model lively. It is now in news that Twilight render version 2.0 for SketchUp is all ready to release.

The benefits

  • No more need to export your models into awkward, midway formats.
  • No indistinct geometry or lost texture.
  • All the rendering would be completed directly inside the SketchUp using multiple biased and unbiased render methods for unparalleled control.
  • There will not be any fussing with complicated render settings or senseless numbers.
  • You can decide from a number of intuitive and powerful “Easy” render settings right at your fingertips.

The expectation is high for the Twilight render version 2.0 for SketchUp. It has been redesigned from the ground up, faster, friendlier, and more feature-full than ever. Experts are expecting that Version 2 to be a huge asset for every workflow from hobbyist to professional.

The maker of this software has reserved all the features from Version 1 and supplementary new ways to render, new materials, and new tools.

The makers of this software are hopeful to continue to provide SketchUp with an excellent product and an escalating toolset. Purchasing a permit for Version 2 will enable one to free upgrade to all the new Version 2 features in each release.

Twilight render version 2.0 for sketchup

Faster rendering: The rendering will be completed 50 per cent faster. With the most up-to-date Kerkythea rendering back-end, your renders will complete much faster. Post processing can be performed with hardware acceleration (for supporting hardware) bringing advanced post processing effects almost right away.

Cleaner redesign interface: It has a redesign interface which takes up less space. Editors were separated by job to let you concentrate on hand, Render, Animation, Batch Processing, and more. Popup controls give you single click access to all tool features, then disappear to leave the workspace clean.

Exploration render Real-Time: Our new Exploration Renderer routinely modernize your render viewpoint to match your SketchUp camera. The light, material, and environment editors are all ready with previews to show you your changes in a range of scenes.

The Twilight render version 2.0 fetch you commanding new Post-Processing tools so you can achieve more inside SketchUp and have better manage over your last product. Our post-production operations are performed straight on the high-dynamic range data so a designer get better results and more detail than from an outside picture editing programme.

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Civil View Toolset for 3D Max Users

Marion Landry has over 18 years of experience in Architectural Visualization, working with a range of software including Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Showcase, presented this tutorial with tri-parted video. This tool was fully integrated to 3ds Max Design and known as Civil View toolset.

Starting with 3ds Max Design 2012, this tool was fully integrated to 3ds Max Design.

The workflow shown in this demo is still fairly accurate today and does have a lot of great information that can be useful to you.

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New Release of Raylectron version 4

SoftByte Labs, Inc has released a new version of Raylectron alias version 4.xx, much faster and easier to use.

 
Raylectron already contain just about all the settings to fine tune the output, therefore, no further processing by other software is required.
 
New Release of Raylectron version 4
 
The material editor is simple, yet powerful. Any materials can produce different effects, such as reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Create your own grass & fur. Shadows are not fake or simulated like “Soft shadows”. Caustics are also real, not fake or simulated.
 

Create your own animation which gives you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron utilize all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render as fast as possible and new GPU version available.

Some of the unique features:

  • Render OBJ files.
  • Ability to create Grass & Fur, such as landscape, hay, carpet, hair, fabric such as sofa, chairs, and so on, any texture with a fur/thread like material.
  • Create your own animation.
  • Fix Reversed Face Material tool.
  • Start/Stop lets you fine-tune your lights/materials and camera position.
  • Ability to stop the render, save it, reopen it later and resume the render.
  • Rotate model while rendering.
  • Rotate, pan, zoom, modify the materials and lights right from Raylectron.
  • There are also four types of light source. The sun, the sky, environment maps and any materials set as a light source (emitter) with settings for the power and coverage angle.
  • Save as transparent background so you can use the images on any background you like, including on web sites.
  • Support HDR maps and can save the rendered image as an HDR, it can also save in jpg, png and many other formats.
  • Instancing of components and groups allow you to duplicate any component or group without increasing the poly count and memory usage.
  • It works entirely inside Sketchup, and the rendering process free Sketchup so you can continue working on your model.
  • GPU Acceleration
  • Plus many more features…

Raylectron v4 is available for free evaluation.

For additional information about Raylectron:

Website: http://raylectron.com/
Trimble Sketchup:http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/raylectron-render
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raylectron

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How Desktop 3D Printers are 100% Useful to Our Daily Lives

Lets face it – desktop 3D printers are far from meeting the standards of the average consumer. They are too complex for most non-technologically-minded people, and worst of all, they can only print small, hard objects from limited types of plastic. What on earth can be so useful about printing small, hard objects?

As it turns out, quite a lot.

Just 2% of the cost

An office supplies company in Townsville, Australia called Delta Office Solutions recently experienced firsthand just how handy it can be to own a 3D printer. The company’s office dishwasher broke, due to a small part that snapped and caused the loading tray to detach from its wheels. Office managers at the company looked into ordering new parts and found that it would cost $45 and take four days. Instead of waiting, they decided on a more efficient solution that would dually save money.

Two of the company’s employees Brian Worley and Adrian Smith took on the challenge of using the office’s desktop 3D printer to make the dishwasher piece themselves. They used Google’s free Sketchup design app to make 3D model files of the part, and they put their printer to the test. Within three hours, the pair had a brand new, 3D printed exact replica of the piece in their hands.

Worley said it cost them just $1.60 for the cost of materials – about two percent of the retail price. “It can take up to four days to get missing parts and other stuff from Sydney but now people can make things on their own,” said Worley.

Saving money while making a little extra on the side, too

This team of Australians is far from being the first to take advantage of the handy convenience of a desktop 3D printer. In May, we spoke to an entrepreneur by the name of Christopher Sweeney who used his MakerBot desktop printer to solve “at home fix-its” in his Hawaii home and had even turned his endeavors into a company, selling bespoke objects to people around the US.

“The options for what I can make are limitless. I can make anything as simple as an office desk accessory such as a pen or card holder, to something as complex as a custom art piece,” said Chris. “It has also been convenient to solve ‘at home fix-it’s’. If something breaks, instead of having to go to the hardware store hoping they have the part I need in specific dimensions, I can create the broken piece in a matter of hours.”

So if you have ever found yourself rushing to Home Depot to overpay for a specific part, tool or gadget, or if you have ever had to wait more than a few hours for the arrival of a part that is absolutely pivotal to the functionality of your showerhead, dishwasher or TV stand, then perhaps it is about time you looked into investing in a desktop 3D printer.

How Desktop 3D Printers are 100 percentage  Useful to Our Daily Lives

How Desktop 3D Printers are 100 percentage Useful to Our Daily Lives

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Improve your sketchup skills through some online sketchup trainings 2014

Enhance your sketchup skills by learning sketchup through a collection of easy-to-follow online video tutorials which focus on various tips on sketchup tools, various intermediate and advance modeling practices. By undergoing these tutorials the sketchup users will be able to draw and communicate in 3D efficiently as well as make stunning achitectural, civil, mechanical, and video game design.

Free online sketchup tutorials for beginners

Get trained with sketchup through some free online tutorial series. These tutorials are useful for beginners as well as advanced users. Learn everything about sketchup. The tutorials will focus on the 3D modeling and design industry. One can also get support for acquiring any jobs and clients with his sketchup skills.

The tutorial will be based on various projects. One can get familiar with all the tools and features by making a shed.


How to apply offset tool in sketchup

TeachMeToday presents an instructional tutorial on sketchup. By viewing this tutorial, one can learn the various applications of offset tool in sketchup.


Apply sketchup to make realistic bowl/utensils

Learn how to apply sketchup for producing realistic type of bowl. The kerkythea rendering plugin is used to give a realistic look to the bowl. Other tools like subdivide and smooth plugin are used to create the model of the bowl.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

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Creating a Screw with Sketchup

How many times you have wondered how to make the thread of a screw with SketchUp, or not? Here is the answer!

First you draw a circle. We click on the instrument “Circle” in the toolbar and then on the point of origin of the axes and widen our circle by following one, red or green, with the cursor, so that the vertices of the segments that make up the match with aces.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

Created the circle, from this, we have to create a spiral. The steps to follow are the same that you can find in the post “HOW TO CREATE A SPRING WITH SKETCHUP“, would not explain them again.

Now we have a cylinder created by the initial circle and a spiral of the same diameter with the plugin “Weld” we welded into a single segment.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

It ‘important to create a group of one of the two models, in this case, my group is the spiral. This is to avoid that the two models, when superimposed, is intersichino between them. Then we position the spiral over the cylinder so that the segments coincide perfectly with each other.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

We click on the instrument “Move” and then on the group spiral with the “CTRL” key to create a copy, spostiamola down along the blue axis until it reaches the center of the original one (see image below).

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

Now we can explode groups of spirals so as to intersect the segments with those of the cylinder.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

We click on the spiral just created to highlight it , then the instrument “Scale” and finally, with the CTRL key pressed on the handle of the solid angle at the center, …

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

… Pull outwards and …

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

The screw … is ready.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

Under another example of a solid made with the same method created simply by moving the internal spiral downwards.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

Or this’ other using the plugin “Joint Push-Pull“.

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

Creating a Screw with Sketchup

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