Learn all about 3skeng List Tool for SketchUp

Spreadsheet capabilities can be added to SketchUp using 3skeng List. The new extension allows one to interact and work with SketchUp entities in data-based views. It helps you to list, filter, sort and multi-edit. Simply create a bill of materials, a list of parts or a report and export it to Excel (.xlsx).

How to work more efficiently with 3skeng List?

The powerful and interactive filtering, sorting and editing features allows you to work even more efficiently in large models.

The 3skeng list tool not just helps you to edit element properties but also helps you make complex and large selections that cannot be made otherwise. The spreadsheet view is always in sync with the 3D model, therefore, any changes made within the 3skeng list will result in immediate changes in the SketchUp model and vice versa. In the 3D view sub selections are highlighted interactively

How 3skeng List helps you to keep your model clean?

The purpose of the 3skeng list was to help professional in their everyday work. The features it consists of made to help keep the model clean or to find and solve errors. Using this you can find duplicate entities, convert multiple groups to components or replace multiple components with another component of the selection. Round the coordinates to your preferred precision. Having a clean model is an important aspect for high quality results.

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How and when to use Emissive Materials in Sketchup

By using emissive materials in your SketchUp projects you can create the perfect lighting. The emissive materials are different than artificial light and can help you create effects which cannot be achieved otherwise.By choosing to make your material emissive you can turn it into a light source which glows and can be given any shape and texture. This gives you a scope to be even more creative.

The glow from emissive materials can be used for television or computer screen, exit sign or even for the brake lights of a car. They can also be used where artificial lights cannot be used such as to create the effect of recessed ceiling light.

Deciding when to use emissive materials as opposed to artificial lights can be a difficult choice. Using the right type of lightning can help in the project appear more real. This article will guide you through the process of using emissive lights.

Definition of Emissive Material

These are self-illuminating materials which means that these materials can emit light across their surface. The intensity of the glow can determine how the surround area lights up. Emissive materials can be used to create complex forms of glow which allows you to be creative.

In rendering realistic scenes Global Illumination is a key element and emissive materials belong to the global illumination calculation. With the GI calculation light bounce creates an indirect source of light which illuminates areas without artificial light or direct sunlight. Emissive materials which are part of the GI calculation therefore emit indirect light. The emission materials cannot be used to simulate artificial light. Here is a list of instructions on how to make materials emissive using SketchUp- Using the Enscape’s material editor it takes two clicks. First of all, open the Material Editor with a click on the button in the Enscape ribbon, or by selecting Enscape Materials in the Enscape dropdown menu. Next by using the SketchUp pickup tool select the material you want to make emissive. This gives you more control on the various settings related to the emissive materials.

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Realistic Lighting Using Enscape

To create the perfect lighting in Enscape it is best to use different light types such as line, spot, sphere, rectangle, disk in grouped arrangements so as to have more control over the shadows and the lighting they produce.

Outside lighting

To diminish the yellow tones from the sun and the blue tones from the sky it is advisable to bring the sun intensity down to around 20% and enable a clear horizontal and white background. Also, bring the shadow sharpness down to zero.

Fill lights or portal lights

After adjusting the outside light, you can add fill lights made of several line light grouped together. This kind of lighting provides soft shadows and also enough of ambient light.

Detail lights

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SketchUp 2021 Update – What’s New?

The SketchUp 2021 update is all about building a strong foundation especially keeping in mind complicated projects. SketchUp not only made changes on the axis with update but as also designed a new logo for the new version of SketchUp. The new logo is made using the SketchUp program.

With the new update SketchUp intends to deliver high-quality, robust, yet affordable 3D tools needed to innovate. It mentions that the 2021 update comes with better model organization, smart and configurable objects for agile modeling.

INTRODUCING PreDESIGN: A NEW ADDITION

The PreDesign feature of SketchUp is a new addition. The idea behind it is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the site’s context before even the plans are drawn. This new climate research tool helps in understanding the surrounding environment where the project might take place.

PreDesign helps in connecting the climate and building type. It even suggests appropriate architectural responses. This tool will also help you to understand and provide shielding to portions of the structure might receive excessive sunlight resulting in overheating. This tool therefore will help you to start planning your project better by helping you design according to the climate.

Therefore, the idea of providing better foundation by SketchUp is uplifted by this tool. After designing an accurate architectural model, the next step would be to add real-world data into the model with Add location.

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How to utilise your Small Kitchen Space?

In this article we will elaborately discuss about how to design a kitchen, particularly a small kitchen. The shortage of space must not discourage you when it comes to designing your kitchen. For this article we are going to take our inspiration from a Scandinavian kitchen. The minimal, fuss-free appearance of a Scandinavian kitchen is always a treat to look at.

Before deciding on how you want to design your kitchen it is advisable to create a mood board. Your mood board will have a grid layout where you will add images of kitchen designs you like, along with color scheme and words which describes how you want the kitchen to look like.

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To achieve the sleek look of a Scandinavian kitchen it is advisable to choose one single colour for the units. Handles play an important role when it comes to how a space will look aesthetically.

Therefore, try to keep the handles minimal. You can opt for a no handles look for units fixed to the walls.

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DPLineStyler (1.0.1) for Sketchup

DPLineStyler is the newest sketchup extension that can be used to add styles in lines and curves with dashes, symbols or both.

It is well suited with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

It functions locating lines already created and providing the consequent dashes and symbols into a group. While rubbing out or concealing your original lines, just the styled lines are departed.

If you are well experienced with layers, it is possible to track the similar original lines over with several styles (or the similar style at a diverse scale) and retain each style group in its own layer.

DPStyledLines can be fully modified. Apply any dash pattern and line color as per your choice. “Generate” your own symbols just by typing, or “Make” symbols from any group or component.

Your styles and symbols are saved in your Plugins folder, so that these can be applied on all your models.

DPLineStyler is available with some pre-made styles to start with. One can download a SketchUp sampler file of them by clicking on this link. (3dwarehouse.sketchup.com)

For live demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

DPLineStyler (1.0.1) for Sketchup

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“Curic Space for SketchUp ”

SketchUp Extension Curic Space is designed to help users to space objects inside the models quickly and users can use this extension for making copies of single objects etc.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

This article is about the new SketchUp Plugin, Curic Space is an extension that gives users many options for spacing objects equally within SketchUp.

Curic Space: The simplest function of this extension is to choose multiple different objects, then selecting the axis with which users like the objects to be spaced and users can give any value to adjust the spacing. The entering of space values can be done as long as users don’t click out of the tool; they can also space across multiple axes by clicking on a new axis and typing in a value. Besides all of this, this extension also has an object duplication tool that can be activated in two simple steps: at first users need to click on a single instance of an object and then click on the Curic Space icon. Here users can type in the number of copies they like to make; just click on an axis and then type in a spacing. Hence users can do many things such as going back and spacing copies across multiple axes or using Curic space to space objects around a curve by making a circle from the selected objects and clicking on it.

Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and started using SketchUp while he was working as a general contractor in 2008 and after using it he found that SketchUp is extremely powerful that he just started to use it in his personal works also. Then he started The SketchUp Essentials as a place where he could share his ideas of using SketchUp easily through some tutorials and tips to help other users controlling the power of 3D Modeling in everyday lives.

Source:www.thesketchupessentials.com

Curic Space for SketchUp

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“Quickly Align Objects in SketchUp with Curic Align”

SketchUp Extension is coming up with new plugin every time to grow up the limit of modeling and use of extensions in the model; Curic Align extension is the newest addition.

Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and started using SketchUp while he was working as a general contractor in 2008 and after using it he found that SketchUp is extremely powerful that he just started to use it in his personal works also. Then he started The SketchUp Essentials as a place where he could share his ideas of using SketchUp easily through some tutorials and tips to help other users controlling the power of 3D Modeling in everyday lives.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

This article is about the new SketchUp Plugin, Curic Align available in the extension warehouse and this plugin is consistent with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018. This plugin is very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc. and many more. This plugin is used to align one or more following elements:

  • Aligning objects with the faces or axes of BoundingBox (Left-Center-Right)
  • Aligning to edge, face, and section plane.
  • Ctlr is defined as Copy.
  • Shift is used to move from one Point to plane.

This tool is designed to help the users to align various objects within SketchUp and this tool is very useful while trying to take multiple objects that are already exists in the model and arrange them well. To use the plugin, users at first need to select a series of objects and activate Curic align after that it will automatically add a bounding box around the objects which can be clicked on to align objects to various lines, axes etc. Users can also align their objects along any of the axes or edges of the bounding box made by the Curic preview view. Besides that, users may also align to a plane and for this they have to tap the tab key at first, after clicking on the tab key Curic align will try to move the objects to make them in line with the plane and also align the objects along lines.

Quickly Align Objects in SketchUp with Curic Align

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Medeek Electrical (1.0.6) – The updated version is available in extension warehouse

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson has developed Medeek Electrical for sketchup. It is the newest sketchup extension with user-friendly interface for producing perfect 2D and 3D electrical geometry inside SketchUp.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

This extension applies the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface.

All electrical types can be drawn/designed with industry standard practice. The extension facilitates the user to generate electrical components and fixtures as well as edit (presently applicable for switches only) each component in future releases.

Electrical geometry is implanted inside an accessible wall panel (developed with the Medeek Wall extension) or a wall “group”. The Medeek Electrical extension is well suited with any wall, roof, floor or ceiling geometry.

The extension can now also be applied with John Brock’s Framer plugin.

Custom materials can be implanted in the global settings to facilitate customization of material/color of wall plates and different electrical components.

Download a free trial version https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/medeek-wall-plugin-1

Medeek Electrical (1.0.6) – The updated version is available in extension warehouse

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” Browsing for Extension in SketchUp”

SketchUp Extension Warehouse has a huge amount of tools or extensions under it and these are very useful for the users, there is a right way to browse extension for SketchUp.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.The SketchUp Extension Warehouse has many tools to search and browse extensions to find SketchUp extensions:
  • There is the Search Box at the top of every page where tools are mentioned.
  • There are many Highlighted groups on the Extension Warehouse home page.
  • Users can filter the extension in the list as per the search results
  • The category, industry and author tags on the extension details page

Here are some steps explained that will describe how the users can use the extensions or tools on their hunt for the perfect extension for the model:

  • At first users have to go to the Extension Warehouse, then they have to type the name of an extension or graphic search terms in the Search box and click the Search button. Or, users can go to the Categories or Industries area to click an option; a page of search results will appear.
  • If users want to refine the search results more, they need to select one or more filters in the sidebar on the left; the Extension Warehouse will filter the search results after selecting the checkbox. After applying a filter it will appear at the top of the sidebar where users can see quickly before applying other filters to the search results.
  • For changing the sorted search results, users can select an option from the drop-down list in the upper right of the search results page. By default, the results will get sorted by application which users can change as per creation date or popularity or alphabetically by title or author.
  • Clicking an extension’s title will help to open its extension details page and if users can find the right extension and want to install it, they can do it by Adding Extensions to SketchUp option. To browse more, there are two more options left which are: 1) Starting a new search in the Search box and 2) In the sidebar of statistics on the right, click any category, industry, SketchUp version, operating system or language to see any other search results related to that item.

Source:help.sketchup.com

 Browsing for Extension in SketchUp

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