Demonstration of 2d Tools Plugin

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis, briefly explains the utility of 2d tools plugin developed by TIG. This plugin can be used to model in 2d dimension easily.

The plugin includes the following toolset :-

2D freehand tool, 2D arc tool, 2D circle tool, 2D polygon tool, Facemaker tool, 2D hatching tool, 2D adjust tool, 2D line style, 2D text tool, 2D polyline edit tool

The plugin is mainly created to provide you a series of tools which have similarity to those available in other CAD packages to facilitate you drawing in two dimensions.

To set a Z plane, lock your height above ground for the tools utilized by you. It can also set your plane corresponding to an existing plane. As for instance Type +24 to set a new plane 24 inches above the plane that is already active or type -24 to set a plane 24 inches underneath the plane that is already active.

It can also be set to generate both lines and guide lines by clicking on the control key. Besides, one can generate lines as welded sets or separate lines by clicking on the alt key. You can set your z-plane within this tool by clicking on the tab key.

The plugin is free and can be downloaded from the following link

For online demonstration go through the following video.

Video Source: TheSketchUpEssentials

Demonstration of 2d Tools Plugin

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3D Printing Extension – The sketchup plugin just launched

i.materialise, an online 3D printing platform, has developed 3D printing extension. It is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension will be useful for architecture, education, engineering, gaming and interior design.

Just upload your SketchUp model to i.materialise and receive a quick quote. Select from more than 100 various 3D printing materials and finishes.

1. Set up the extension from the Extension Warehouse,
2. As soon as it is installed, it will be situated in SketchUp under “Extensions > Print 3D”,
3. Just click “Print 3D i.materialise” to upload your design directly from SketchUp,
4. Select from 100+ various finishes and materials (along with metals!),

5. Get an instant price quote,
6. Printing and shipping the design will be handled by i.materialise.

This sketchup plugin is available in extension warehouse

3D Printing Extension – The sketchup plugin just launched

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How to design a staircase with sketchup & render with v-ray 3.4

In this sketchup tutorial, one can learn how to design the stairs with sketchup and render with v-ray 3.4.

In sketchup, it is possible to apply components for generating repeating shapes. These components can be utilized to develop a staircase instantly without any trouble.

Sketchup can also multiply objects. One can select an object that contains repetitive values like a staircase and obtain the number of copies computed through sketchup.

Watch the following video tutorial to learn the step-by-step processes.

Video Source: Rio Ryne

How to design a staircase with sketchup & render with v-ray 3.4

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nz_Descendants – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Descendants. This is the newest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin can be used for diverse industries like Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Film & Stage, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, wood working etc.

The plugin has same functionality like PushPull tool in sketchup. With this plugin, the users will be able to extrude various faces to a distantly selected reference length. It produces the consequential shapes into an independent group keeping the original face/object as it is. This plugin can function on several faces instantly.

The plugin saves huge time and allows for modelling in a non-destructive way.

This convenience makes it possible for generating similitudes and modelling in a non-destructive fashion if applied with Sketchup: SolidTools.


By re-applying accessible dimensions, it is possible to generate self-similar objects which at the same time as not fractals yet sustain a subliminal sense of unity to enhance a project.

Non-Destructive Modeling:

If this plugin is utilized along with Sketchup: Solid Tools, the users can model maintaining their original source objects intact. Once related elements are produced, reunite or manipulated them with Sketchup:SolidTool and still sustain your original sources if it is necessary.

It is mostly effective while dealing with joinery, or any situation where a surface can become an interrelated element. Apply nz_Desendants to generate the subsequent/adjacent element easily.

nz_Descendants – The most updated sketchup extension

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Learn to render in sketchup with some easy to follow steps

In this sketchup video tutorial, taught by Alex Oliver, the founder of sketchup school, you will be familiar with a unique method that can be applied to obtain a nice rendering from sketchup.

This method supports various rendering extension like v-ray, SU Podium, Shader Light etc.

It is known as photographer method. The method facilitates the students to gather knowledge on how to approach renderings in sketchup.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

– a brief synopsis of the types of rendering extensions along with a link to a page from where the exact rendering extensions can be selected)

– A brief tutorial on how to arrange professional 2-point lighting for your renderings

– 3 easy Photoshop recipes for rapidly improving your SketchUp renderings.

In sketchup the rendering extension provides you all the gear as you require them along with camera and lights. With photographer method it is possible to set up excellent lighting.

To gather more details, watch the following video.

Video Source: SketchUp School

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Client Communication: the key to better projects

Delivering SketchUp models to the clients through right communication is important for projects and Nick shows in his video. Communication doesn’t stand only about speaking to and hearing from people, but more than that it is about understanding the total message. A good communication depends on many things like the language will use, delivering message with the tone of respect, the feeling and the body language at the time of talking. These all play important roles in every communication process and can also deliver a confused and wrong message if they used in a wrong way.

In every organization, project manager has the main role of communicating with others such as clients, co-workers, advisors, dealers etc and also responsible to present the right message to the right person at the right time.

Communication is a symbol of the “transfer of information form one individual to another”. It is seen that the failure reason of the projects basically is the miscommunication, most of the project deliverers fail to clearly understand the vision and the project’s success criteria. This vision should be strongly communicated to each shareholder and team member and the whole team must be able to understand the total result for working together for a common goal.

A poor communication can certainly damage any project or relationship and break down the strength of the project. For a good communication one has to be knowledgeable about every detailed and updated thing about a project so that he could deliver the right information to the clients or shareholders.

It is not that this problem happens only in some cases or happens in certain time; it has become a regular problem and harming the growth of the projects. A right communication to all the shareholders in a clear and actual manner is the capital thing as it clears about the kind of the delivered messages.

When you are in the field of architecture or design, communication plays the most vital part in every project and through 3D communication tools it has become easier to communicate with various people over a project at a time. A rich communication with full of right knowledge and information makes a project more successful and in SktechUp it is also important.

SktechUp is not only a tool for modeling and designing it also known for its sharing capacity in 3D. Often designers make models and show the idea through the 3D communication system to their clients or other teammates as a presentation or for opinion. A good representation of the works of models, their designing, capacity and way of working will become the reasons of success and the bad one cause failure.

 To improve the communication way Nick Sonder, a member of SketchUp team has guided everyone with his wonderful SketchUp models and LayOut documents. Nick himself is a brilliant commuter and makes a good communication with the clients throughout the whole process and with the help of his friend, Houzz he had organized design ideas and collaborated with others. He has some brilliant concepts and produced a video tutorial as guide for all.
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How to Set Up Templates in SketchUp

Templates in SketchUp are the place where you are drawing on. Each template defines the type of your project. Depending on the applications, SketchUp comes up with an array of templates. The most common concentrated fields for SketchUp templates are – architecture, construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, woodworking, 3D printing, and more.

Templates generally define unite of measurement of your model. Each template has a specific default unit that helps you create a design easily with maintaining the accuracy. For example, if you are doing a woodwork project, then the unit should be in millimeters and inches because accuracy is a must-to-have thing in this case. For creating a building model, inches and millimeters will definitely irritate you. Each model needs a different unit to measure the model, and right templates make your job easier for you.

There is another option called custom template that allows you to add your preferences to the template. Sometimes the default ones seem not enough as per your requirement. In this case, you can customize the details to make it fit for your model. The list below contains the things you can add or modify in custom setting.

• The model Info Dialog Box:
The model info dialog box gives you information about a model. You can change the needed fields as a default for your model.
• Save Geometry for your template: when you save geometry to a template, then the models based on the same template will also add the geometry. It works as a default.
• Styles: you can work with an array of styles in SketchUp. The Style browser has as many types as you want. The common options include edit edge, face, background and watermark.
• Shadows: Shadows give your design a complete touch. Maintaining the right shadow behavior is a necessary thing. The option is not default, though. You have to turn on shadow separately as the feature consumes much computer processing resulting in a slow performance.

Change Default Template: When you get started with SketchUp, the first thing that the application asks you to do is selecting a template. This default template can be changed further. For this, follow the steps below:

• Window > Preference for Microsoft Windows and Sketchup > Preferences for MACOS X.
• Select the Template option from the sidebar.
• Choose a template from the drawing templates box and then click OK.

Create a Template: Creating template will help you start your work without giving time in changing the default option of templates. If a set of changes has always been used, then save it as a default. This option proves more beneficial than you could ever imagine. Follow the steps to do this.

• Start a new SketchUp file with your present template.
• Add all essential modifications such as style and shadow to your SketchUp.
• Select File > Save option.
• Save your template adding a name
• Click the Save option

The Model Info Dialog Box: The content below presents a short knowledge about a Model Info Dialog Box that helps you create your model with all necessary details. Different types of settings are categorized in the dialog box. Check the list below:

• Animation: to animate your scene, you can set transition time between scenes.
• Classifications: this feature will work on the classification data and BIM.
• Components: you will learn how to add changes in a set of components in your model.
• Credits: credits let you know the owner of the model or components. You can also Claim Credit to add the license holder’s name to the model.
• Dimensions: you can add text to the model. Follow
• File: this represents the details of a file.
• Geo-location: you can make your model geo-located by adding location through Google.

Besides the above-mentioned options, you can also get features like rendering, statistics, texts, and units. The Model Info Dialog Box has come up with the options that you want to have to create your design more smoothly.

The content describes steps and information associated with the SketchUp Template. You have to have detailed knowledge regarding this particular tool since it forms the base of your design.

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Preparing for printing from 3D Warehouse to 3D Printer

SketchUp is a free 3D drawing program for the architects and designers which are used to easily create printable models yet the models need to address before printed from the 3D printer. The models which are need to download sometimes found that they are not solid create big problem in the printing time.

Aaron has come with a solution; he needed a printable scaled version of the US Capitol Building and to record the technique of transforming the unprintable into a solid one.

Basic demands for 3D Printing:

• Water-tight Model • No paper-thin surfaces • Minimum wall thicknesses and feature sizes • Outward-facing surfaces

1. Water-tight Models: The models which are needed to turn into solid should be fully enclosed as like creating an interior space where water could be hold without overflowing it. All the nearby lines and vertices of every model need to be in one point not the close enough but should be perfectly in one line. To fix or stray the model either the stray vertex could move to the main vertex or the gaps could be filled by drawing new lines.

2. No paper-Thin surfaces: In case of drawing the artistic models, paper-thin features create problem as they prevent in printing as there is not a significant amount of material there. In this case to fix the model one could extrude the surface to make it a little thick or can delete it simply.

3. Minimum wall thicknesses and feature sizes: Every 3D printing system has a certain requirement in case of thickness of wall and feature sizes. These features give assurance about printing the model correctly which will not break quickly. By deleting the model or extruding the surface a little bit this probl3em can be solved.

4. Outward-facing surfaces: Often having surfaces in a model face a wrong direction and printing software ask for a side of each surface for printing. This can be fixed by right-clicking on the bad face and selecting Reverse Faces. Reverse faces will be found by following steps, open the Styles window, click on the Edit tab, click on the Face Settings box and then the Back Color has to change into a bright color.

Convert to STL Format: After doing all the things that are described above, most 3D Printers ask models to convert into the STL file format. There are many ways to covert SketchUp file into an STL file and the best free converters for using is the SketchUp to DXF or STL Plugin. At first deselect the model, then click on tools > Export to DXF or CAD > Export Unit into Inches > Export To in STL.

Check for STL Errors: After converting it become ready for checking errors but sometime it will make some errors so checkout online for fixing the STL errors.

Aaron Dietzen, SketchUp’s sales manager tried to print his SketchUp file through 3D printing. He has needed a printable scaled version of the US Capitol Building and he made a recording of the process of transforming the unprintable into a solid model. The original model had a great look so Aaron kept all his focus in the 3D printing. Throughout the model, many things could be found such as single surfaces, nested components and each and every thing t print.

The converted model might be like a baffling task to get all of geometry it need to clean up and then turned into a solid ready-to-print thing. It should be done carefully as the process can be defined into a series of simple steps.

There is a tutorial video on YouTube as a help. For more follow

Preparing for printing from 3D Warehouse to 3D Printer

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How to Select a Part of a Model in SketchUp

3D modeling on SketchUp involves easy steps to help you draw a perfect model. The tools and extensions save your time and keep the designing process smart and simple. SketchUp, like other 3D design applications, follow the common processes at the initial level of your design. ‘Selection’ is one of the basics and most necessary features designers should be well-acquainted with. The content brings to you different applications of the ‘selection’ tool for designing a perfect model.

To move anything in your SketchUp model, you have to select that object first. Through selecting the model, you inform the SketchUp that you are working on that portion of your design. You can rotate, copy, move or anything want after selecting the model.

Things you need to know for using the ‘selecting’ tool:

Selecting entity in your SketchUp: You must know that every single thing of your SketchUp model is an entity that is also categorized in a few names as per their appearance. Elements, objects and annotation are the three basic parts of the selection.

Elements are similar to edges and faces in a design and they together make an object. An object should contain a separate name and meta data that defines it. Annotations are texts, guides and selection planes. The remaining things other than elements and objects are called annotation.

Selecting a thing (lines or faces) is not easier, though. Experts have also taken time to know how to select only edges in SketchUp. If you, too, are wondering how to do this, go to the wire frame mode and select the object by dragging. Since only edges will appear in wire frame mode, it will be easier for you to select an edge.

Click to select things you want: The easiest way to select an object is to click on that particular thing while you are using the select tool. To select more than one object, you need to hold the shift key and click the objects you want. Knowing the usage of shift key in selection will help you learn further about SketchUp. You can add and subtract both with the shift key.

The entities look differently as per their character: After selecting an edge, a face or an object, you find a few changes in its appearances. Selected edges transform into blue, selected faces covered with blue dots, and selected groups and components are surrounded by a blue box – these changes are visible by designers.

Double or triple click for the selection: Double click or triple click can be termed as the SketchUp select tool shortcuts. Double clicking an edge allows you to select edges and adjacent faces both. Through this, you can also select connected lines in SketchUp very well. Triple clicking an edge or a face selects the entire model.

Select many at once in SketchUp: When you need to select many things in your SketchUp design, Selection boxes will help you. Such selection is two types – window selection and crossing selection. Window selection is called when you click and drag from left to right. This way, you can select things inside your selection box.

Cross selection is when you click and drag right to left. It selects anything that touches your selection box.

Knowing properly the application of selection tool will resolve complicated problems like how to select edges and more. The basic of the selection tool is to move an object in your model.

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How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

In this construction video tutorial, Minh from Architecture Inspirations, briefly explains the method to arrange the lighting perfectly for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup.

The step-by-step methods include the followings :-

Trace your main light source
Modify camera settings

Improve the Sunlight
Lighten dark shadows
Modify sun settings

Notes :- Render settings are very crucial and there exist various rendering conditions like interior shots, dusk shots, and daytime shots which need diverse setups.

In V-Ray for Sketchup, the V-Ray interface runs within Sketchup. Different things like the sun, cameras, and materials are associated with each other among the two programs. If the sun angle in Sketchup is modified, the sun angle in V-Ray will also be changed.

Usually, the sun angle should be modified in Sketchup to set the shadows in proper position prior to move to V-Ray. The Sketchup scene that is going to be rendered in V-Ray should be saved by going to “View>Animation>Add Scene”.

It is very useful while overlaying Sketchup image exports on top of the V-Ray renderings or it is required to render the similar view subsequently.

To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

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