Blank Slate SketchUp Plugin

Blank Slate SketchUp Plugin is the newest sketchup extension that can include two individual features to sketchup. This plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

Feature #1 — 2D Nesting for SketchUp: the process becomes simpler to arrange the designs for laser cutting.

Export flat pack parts for 2D nesting to generate an improved SVG file for laser cutting. The automated nesting facilitates greater effectiveness by packing collectively 2D shapes for laser, plasma and water cutting. Nesting refers to a method for placing shapes firmly to reduce waste as well as fabrication time. The plugin can offer a quick solution for utilizing material in an efficient manner.

Feature #2 — Import 2D sketches from sketch iPad app.

Here, iOS sketch design tool, Zotebook, identifies your rough 2D sketches and converts them into accurate CAD files for laser cutters or 3D printers. This plugin facilitates the users to import files from Zotebook into SketchUp for the purpose of 3D editing.

Click on the following link to download the plugin extensions.sketchup.com

Blank Slate SketchUp Plugin

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Woodworking Toolbox for sketchup

Woodworking Toolbox belongs to a SketchUp Extension that can automate the process for producing cut lists toward woodworking projects.

This plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin is available in English, French, German languages.

This extension chooses the present selection or the whole scene when nothing is opted and generates a list of parts having quantities and sizes.

The extension arranges the parts with attributes of materials along with different types of sorting options.

It is possible to directly print the “cut list” out of the plugin or export it as a CSV file. This extension is Open Source.

The Source Code can be accessed under GPL (www.gnu.org) license on its GitHub repository (github.com).

Woodworking Toolbox for sketchup

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Learn to create clear glass, frosted glass & mirror with v-ray for sketchup

In this sketchup vray tutorial, one can learn how to use v-ray for sketchup to create clear glass, frosted glass and mirror.

To make this tutorial, v-ray material editor plays an important role. Material editor is extracted from the icon located below VRay for SketchUp tool box or from Material Editor located at Plugins V-Ray tab.

V-Ray for SketchUp ‘s Material Editor contains three parts:

A. Material Workplace – It demonstrates all the selected materials. Right click to add, import, export, rename, pack, remove, and choose the objects maintaining present materials like allotting existing materials to the selected objects, removing materials which are unused in the scene, and inserting layers with reflections, refractions to the materials.

B. Material Preview – The Update Preview button facilitates the users to preview the revised materials.

C. Options for material control – The options adjust with the added scene materials in section A.

Learn to create clear glass, frosted glass & mirror with v-ray for sketchup

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Importer Active3D – A newest sketchup plugin

Geraldo Brodbeck is the developer of Importer Active3D. This plugin supports SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. This plugin is available in Brazilian and Portuguese.

This plugin can be used to import the 3D model of Active3D or Arqui_3D.

Every object generated inside Sketchup comprises of an identifier that facilitates you to keep your geometry updated inside Sketchup every time the original project modifies in Active3D or Arqui_3D.

The objects belong to groups whose name is the identifier. It is suggested not to modify the group names.

The materials related to objects inside Sketchup are preserved if they are involved with the group. If you relate the material with the faces of the group, this association tends to be lost in the update.

For upgrading, just press the command again. There is the option to delete the objects which are no more available in the original project can be deleted or retained.

The context menu includes tools to choose all objects equivalent to the chosen one, by layer or material, simplify the process to assign materials.

More information at gbcad.com.br

 One can also download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Importer Active3D – A newest sketchup plugin

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How to efficiently use advance camera tools inside sketchup

This sketchup tutorial will provide useful guidance on how to apply the advance camera tools inside sketchup to create an accurate framing of any scene.

As this toolbar can’t be enabled by default, one has to go to view and select toolbars and click on advanced camera tools and enable it.

In some sketchup versions, the Advanced Camera Tools tool is demonstrated as an extension, therefore it is required to go to the Extension Warehouse and download this extension. While going to download this extension, you should be logged in or else an error message will be shown on the page. After the download is completed, go to EXHENSION MANAGER WINDOW and activate the plugin.

It will put forward a toolbar in the interface. Just click the button with a camera and a “+” sign that will be produced by your camera. Set up your camera with the exact parameters suitable for your scene and you’ll get a viewport view similar to the one you’ll render.

The Advanced Camera Tools (ACT) are specifically developed toward people in the film and television industry who employ SketchUp pro to generate storyboards, design sets, visualize scenes, and plan locations. ACT can be used to arrange real-world cameras in your SketchUp models and preview real camera shots.

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Sketchup For Schools – View sketchup in a web browser for Primary & Secondary School

SketchUp for Schools belong to the core SketchUp modeler accessible now in a web browser intended for any Primary or Secondary School that signs up with G Suite for Education (eduproducts.withgoogle.com).

With the popularity of G Suite for Education and Chromebooks in the classroom, the method of teaching has been changed significantly. SketchUp for Schools conveys the similar core modeling functionality into the web in order that the students can now unveil their creative potential from any location.

SketchUp for Schools is well matched with Google Drive and Google Classroom.

It is also compatible with chromebooks or any Internet-connected computer.

It can be accessed via the G Suite for Education Apps Marketplace (gsuite.google.com/marketplace) or the Chrome Web Store

Any K-12 school that has made registration with G Suite for Education will be able to avail SketchUp for Schools via the G Suite Marketplace. As soon as your school’s G Suite administrator set up the app, SketchUp for Schools will be available in your Google Navigation menu.

If any school already remains on G Suite for Education, you can provide your class a glimpse of the innovation of 3D modeling via SketchUp for Schools public beta. Sketchup for schools will be launched officially in due course for the 2017/’18 school year!

SketchUp for Schools will be in beta testing phase all through this summer. Experiment is still going on with some major functionality, like 3D printing.

To gather more information, visit SketchUp for Schools

Sketchup For Schools – View sketchup in a web browser for Primary & Secondary School

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The move rotate tool for sketchup

The move rotate tool is a powerful sketchup extension developed by Idibri. This extension is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. The sketchup users can apply this extension to move and rotate components and groups in actual time with text input. The users can convert their components and groups with live updating.

Application:

  1. Choose a component.
    2. Touch the menu button.
    3. Type in a position or rotation in the X,Y,Z axes.
    4. Watch it live update while typing.
    5. Select ok or cancel

Notes:

  • Position in meters or inches will be dependent on the settings of model
    • Axis rotation in degrees
    • Identified issue with modals in osx

To download this extension, click on the following link The Move Rotate Tool

The move rotate tool for sketchup

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How to use placemaker sketchup extension to model a city instantly

In this sketchup video, Justin Geis shows how to apply placemaker sketchup extension to generate a city model in quickest possible time.

Placemaker is a handy extension created by Whaat. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. It is available in different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish.

With this extension, the users will be able to import OpenStreeMap roads, buildings, paths, water bodies, trees, as well as high resolution aerials in their design and insert context promptly.

PlaceMaker imports data from OpenStreeMap and DigitalGlobe and converts it into a functional site reference model appropriate for rendering or exporting into other applications.

To gather more information, click on the following link www.suplacemaker.com

How to use placemaker sketchup extension to model a city instantly

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How to apply position texture tool inside sketchup to generate custom textures

This sketchup video tutorial from Justin Geis is based on position texture tool of sketchup. By going through the video, one can learn how to use texture tool to take texture in sketchup and resize and rotate for generating a custom texture.

Inside SketchUp, materials are used as tiled images which signify that the pattern or image will reiterate both vertically and horizontally over any entities you paint.

SketchUp’s Position Texture Tool is useful for modifying a material on a surface in various ways, together with repositioning, resizing, and distorting. Besides, this tool facilitates you to carry out distinctive actions on images like painting a picture encircling a corner or projecting it on a model.

Run the Position Texture Tool from the context menu. (sites.google.com) for a face entity.

How to apply position texture tool inside sketchup to generate custom textures

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Shape Loader for SketchUp

István Nagy develops Shape loader for sketchup. This newest sketchup extension supports SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. This extension can be applied to shape loading and resizing with your mouse.

After setting up MSPhysics, include a “grounds” item to the toolbar. Use the following keyboard shortcuts for performing the following activities :-

– Press the ( Ctrl ) key to obtain equilateral shape.
– Press the ( Shift ) key to obtain symmetrical shape.
– Press the ( Up arrow ) key for change quality.

To download the plugin, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

 Shape Loader for SketchUp
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