Streamline your Sketchup and BIM workflow with Unifi

Unifi streamlines the BIM content management process by automatically connecting with the BIM tools as per your choice. Unifi easily deal with numerous Autodesk Revit & Trimble Sketchup models. Unifi is well versed with Sketchup 2009 to sketchup 2015 series as well as Revit 2012 to Revit 2015 series. Unifi facilitates the Revit users to take advantages of the following features:-

  • Full parameter indexing
  • Batch Family export
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  • Manage details
  • Automatic connection to any open Revit
  • Direct content insert into active project
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The sketchup users can enjoy the following features:-

  • Full parameter indexing
  • Batch Component export
  • Dynamic Component compatible
  • Automatic connection to any open Sketchup
  • Direct content insert into active project
  • Batch loading into active project

The most updated version of Unifi is v1.5.1 and next version i.e. 1.5.3 is waiting to be released soon.

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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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How to model a folded tshirt

Nomer Adona is an art teacher at Saigon South International School for international Baccalaureate Visual Arts and Advanced Placement Art. Through his  blog SketchUp and Vray Resources , he shares to the community different resources that we know and have: Vismats, Visopts, SketchUp models and components with Vray settings ready to be imported to a new scene, textures, hdri, written and video tutorials, links, ies data and others.

Modeling clothing in SketchUp is not difficult at all. Here is a simple quick workflow on how to do it quickly.

One of the best thing in SkechUp is the ability to project the image.

 Step 1: Importing reference image.


 Step 2: Tracing the outside boundary using line tool

 All you have to do is to use line tool and trace the boundary of the Tshirt, then pulling it with push pull tool.

How to model a folded tshirt 

 Step 3. Adding subdivision

To add subdivision, simply copy the bounding edges (not the face) and paste it twice (see the image below)

 How to model a folded tshirt  

 Step 4: Re-scale the top and bottom face.

 Rescale the top and bottom face. Hold the control key so that the scale anchor point will be in the middle.

 How to model a folded tshirt  

You can also use round corner “bevel face” by Fredo here.

Step 5: Beveled Faces

 How to model a folded tshirt 

 Step 6: Paint Projected image

 You can now paint the model using projected image option. This is important for tracing the other parts of the T-shirt.

 How to model a folded tshirt  

Step 7: Repositioning edges

In the image below, I repositioned some of the lines to follow the contour of shirt.


 Step 8: Tracing the neckline

Here I traced the neckline.


 Step 9: Push pulling some parts of the neckline

After tracing the neckline and offsetting it, I used push pull tool to add depth and height. Here you can see the different heights without the projected image.


 Step 10: Tracing the sleeve

 Trace the sleeve and push pull one more time.


 Step 11: Reposition again some of the lines


 Here is the Raw Model without smoothing. Generally you can even use this with projected image and soften edges. If your model is far from the camera, this is more than enough to fool the viewers eye. 


 Step 12: Smoothing

For high poly models that you want to use even near the camera, we can further sub-smooth the models. All we need to do it to select the model and subdivide it with 2 iterations.


 Here is the result


 Step 13: Further sculpting

Once again using the sculpt tool script made by BTM. Download it for free HERE


 Here is the finish model





Hope this will encourage you to model and not keep on looking everywhere for models.


Cross Posted from Nomer Adona’s SketchUp Vray Resource


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Boulder’s concept3D gets cash infusion, expands mapping, energy application

The Boulder-based developers of SketchUp set off to build a 3-D modeling software program, they sought to create an application that would make 3-D modeling more accessible and they wanted to make a living in return.

“Honestly, we could’ve never imagined in our wildest dreams how that played out,” said Brad Schell, co-founder of SketchUp developer @Last Software, which was acquired by Google Inc. in 2006.

While SketchUp led to Google and, later, Trimble dropping anchor in Boulder in recent years, it also fueled concept3D — a burgeoning Boulder-based company that is making significant moves in arenas such as interactive mapping and energy auditing and assessment.

Concept3D, which got its start thanks to some involvement and funding from SketchUp employees, recently raised a $1.25 million equity investment — a round funded in part by Schell.

The money will help boost concept3D’s efforts in expanding its CampusBird interactive mapping program and software, and bringing its simuwatt energy assessment application to market.

“We still touch on our 3D roots through everything we do,” said Oliver Davis, concept3D’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

The company, which has offices in Boulder and Denver, plans to add to its 15-person staff and bring the company to 25 to 30 employees in the coming year.

That would complement some management moves made within recent months. Concept3D brought on Market Force Information Inc. co-founder Rushton McGarr as president and chief operating officer, and marketing veteran Lisa Harris as vice president of marketing.

The growth could push Concept3D out of Boulder. Company officials say they’re looking for new space in Boulder, Boulder County and around Denver.

The privately held Concept3D, which does not disclose financial details, expects to have revenue in the “low-to-mid seven figures” in 2014 and to record “nominal profits” in 2014 because of the ramp-up in hiring, said Rushton McGarr, president and chief operating officer. The company essentially was break-even last year, he added.

Investor Schell said he will not be involved with concept3D in any official, boardmember role; however, he’ll serve as a resource for the firm.

“They’re at a point where they’re stepping up to another level, and I wanted to be a part of that,” Schell said.

Mapping opportunities: Concept3D started as a services shop, but eventually evolved into an outfit specializing in software development.

“We realized that we wouldn’t be a valuable company without embracing software-as-a-service as a platform,” said Oliver Davis, co-founder and chief executive officer of concept3D.

During the past three to four years, concept3D developed and honed its Atlas program, a database-driven map content management system. Atlas serves as the umbrella for CampusBird, software that allows universities and entities to develop maps with rich graphics, interactive capabilities and the ability to customize and update information.

More than 75 entities have used CampusBird, including Duke University, Walt Disney World Resorts and the Harvard Business School.

The CampusBird business is projected to grow four-fold this year with the added expectation the company will have a position in new markets, Davis said, adding that the software could apply in industries such as commercial real estate, resorts and economic development.

“There’s a lot of fertile ground out there that we haven’t really approached,” Davis said.

More companies are able to incorporate 3D mapping as the technology has become easier to use and more affordable, said Joe Francica, editor in chief of Directions Magazine, which follows the location technology and geospatial industries.

“People want that realistic look, or that semi-realistic look,” he said.

Boulder's concept3D gets cash infusion, expands mapping, energy application


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Portola High School in California Takes to Kickstarter to Fund a 3D Printer

3D printing in schools has only recently become a reality. While there are many schools around the world that have already had the opportunity to bring 3D printers into their classrooms, the majority of schools are not quite there yet. The reasons are quite simple. There are a lack of funds, a lack of knowledge, and in most cases, not enough motivation from students, teachers and faculty.

 However, this isn’t entirely the case for one school, located in the mountains of Northern California. Portola High, a small school with 17 teachers and 237 students, has more than enough motivation, but is lacking the required funds.

Fortunately for Portola High, they have one teacher, Bran Freschi that is bent and determined to find a way to get a 3D printer for his school. Freschi, who was hired last year as a Learning Specialist, to work with students with learning disabilities, came up with the idea to pursue 3D printing at his school this past fall.

 After attending a STEM conference in Sacramento in the Fall of 2013, myself and a few teachers got to see and touch a real 3D printer,” Freschi told “I instantly fell in love with it.”

 That 3D printer was a MakerBot Replicator, and the MakerBot saleman at the conference gave Freschi a 3D printed nut and bolt that had been printed right in front of him. According to Freschi, that’s what sealed the deal.

 “Since that day, I have showed that little toy to hundreds of people, and their reaction is always the same: Their face gets scrunched up and they say ‘Wait…what?’,” explained Freschi. “Then I get to explain to them how a 3D printer works; like a big hot glue gun with a weed eater line in the back of it, materializing objects in all three dimensions”

 We asked Mr. Freschi, how this 3D printer would get used in his school, and he was more than prepared to answer. We could tell that he has huge plans on integrating the MakerBot Replicator into his classes, as well as the classes of other teachers. He informed us that he has one ‘career tech’ teacher and one math teacher on board. The career tech teacher would offer a 3D printing and Sketchup class, while the math teacher plans to create some mathematical lessons around the printer.

  Freschi plans to utilize the 3D printer in his classes by designing and printing items that can be sold, in order to give his students life skills centered on work ethic, communication, and financial topics. He also sees uses for the printer in other areas of the school, including art, science, and technology. He hopes that art students can print out art work, as well as useful tools.

 “I have a grand plan of implementing a recycling program at our school that would utilize a grinder and an extruder to make our own ‘recycled’ 3D printer filament,” Freschi told us.

 Finding funding for the printer has been the largest hurdle. Freschi has approached the school board indirectly, about getting funding, but was unfortunately shot down. However, one of the school’s administrators really believed in the idea, and encouraged Freschi to continue to look for funding sources. Finding funding through the PTA or Boosters was not an option in Freschi’s mind, as he didn’t feel that they had money to spend on a device that none of them probably understood. So, he came up with the idea of funding the printer via Kickstarter.

 “I thought of Kickstarter pretty early on, and lots of kids showed interest in the process,” explained Freschi. “I started building the campaign way back in October. After the campaign was finished, literally ten minutes before we hit the launch button, the district office put the brakes on it, telling me that they needed to be the recipients of the funds, and not me personally. Long story short, I eventually got around this district policy by soliciting the assistance of the Booster Club. They agreed to take the money from the Kickstarter campaign, buy the printer and then donate it to the school.”

 The Kickstarter campaign launched just a little over 2 days ago, and it has already raised over $1,000. Freschi informed us that it has been received very well by the entire community, and all of the schools in the district are “buzzing about it”.

 Backers of the campaign will be awarded with one of several items, including decals, t-shirts, customized 3D printed phone cases, other 3D printed items and more.

 Help Mr. Freschi, and his school raise funds for this project by donating as little as $1 to the cause, via their Kickstarter campaign page, or by sharing this story. Discuss this project, and let us know if you have donated to the cause in the ‘Portola High Kickstarter Campaign’ thread on

 Portola High School in California Takes to Kickstarter to Fund a 3D Printer  

 Portola High School in California Takes to Kickstarter to Fund a 3D Printer

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