Eneroth Flatten to Plane – The newest sketchup extension

Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Flatten to Plane. This is the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

It is useful for various industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other etc.

The plugin is used to flatten selected geometry to horizontal plane. It is ideal for imported DWGs where lines may contain various Z coordinates on what should have been a 2D drawing.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Eneroth Flatten to Plane – The newest sketchup extension

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Developing a table in SketchUp

Tim Killen has wrote a wonderful eBook on woodworking and the in every chapter of the book there is a modeling detail of a piece of furniture like table, window, door etc. The book is named as “SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers” and the details are described there with tutorial videos and descriptions.

In the ninth chapter of the eBook, Tim has described the process of creating a nice Chamfered Post Table; it is a 1700 model and is one of the famous pieces made by Wallace Nutting in his Book “Furniture Treasury”. Tim has named the chapter nine “How to Begin and Develop a piece of Furniture” in SketchUp which is a very good sample to start and grow the original woodworking used in workshops.

Using SketchUp for modeling is actually a good idea as it will give a furnished draft of the original model which will be followed in time of original working in workshop.

Tim’s eBook is full of detailed and understandable steps with many still pictures, texts and tutorial videos. In his ninth chapter he started making the Table from developing and sketching the main structures like legs, stretches, sides and backside etc. and all the four edges of the legs are unique here called chamfers. These unique chamfers are closed with a flat triangular finish which gives the legs a mix look of old and classic with uniqueness.

In real without perfect planning or sketching, making these chamfers is not an easy job but in SketchUp, chamfers are started to making from one leg component and at last it ends by making all the four sharp and designed legs. Tim used various tools in SketchUp to give the chamfers their perfect look.

Article Source: finewoodworking.com

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SketchUp Weekend Workshop

SketchUp has probably been the widely used 3D designing and modeling application. People across the world use SketchUp to meet their designing needs in a satisfying way. The reason behind the surprising growth of the application is its user-friendly tools and features that embrace everyone having a designing spree. To offer a better communication between experts and learners, SketchUp workshop has been organized every year where important tools and effective tactics are discussed to bring the inside out of this application.

This weekend SketchUp workshop is planned with the Corvus Design, an architectural studio in Collooney, where participants will understand how to develop skills to have a better communication with their project. The courses are planned in a systematic way that helps designers learn step by step every detail of the project. Though there are no eligibility criteria, basic computer skill is preferable.

The workshop is complete based on to introduce you with the basics of SketchUp and how can develop project prototype quickly and effortlessly. Different 3D angles and floor plans will be discussed there where participants can intensely observe designing procedure. As believed conventionally, 3D modeling interprets your designing plan better and clear than other applications available. You can observe every step of designing in real time that makes the installation and layout of your project easier.

Artists will get a thorough understanding of virtual 3D exhibition space that translates their 2D pans and sketches into three dimensions model. The courses involve the basics of SketchUp and their applications for 3D modeling on 2D plans.

Course details are given below:

Day 1

1. Basic Modelling Tools and Functions
2. Orbit, Pan and Zoom etc.
3. Move, Copy, Rotate, Offset
4. Groups, Components and Extrusions
5. Practice

Day 2

6. Simple Materials
7. Lighting and importing photographs
8. Setting Scenes and views
9. Saving, exporting and printing
10. Practice

The workshop is solely organized for those students who want to get an expert guidance to hone their skills in the 3D world. Since its demand is growing with time, it is definitely a profitable sector for the young generation.

Article Source: thedock.ie

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nz_Edge2Polygon – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia develops nz_Edge2Polygon, the newest sketchup extension that is available in extension warehouse. It generates polygons by maintaining perfect reference edge lengths.

This extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin is ideal for enhancing your drawing and productivity.

nz_PolyhedralJuctions also comprises of nz_Edge2Length and also provides more complicated operations. Here n denotes nth number or sides.

To download the extension, go through the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

nz_Edge2Polygon – The newest sketchup extension

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Message in a bottle: A search in truss automation

A truss is presented as a framework for designing and construction field like a structure of elements which act as a single component though in combined situation and provide the support for the bigger structures. Naturally the design of an architectural truss is dependent on various calculations counting the effects of physical forces like weight, compression, material limitation etc. and the calculations are till now alarming and time consuming.

Robert Kovacs and his research team at Hasso Plattner Institute has been inventing to find a process of automating those calculations and there search and efforts have ended after creating TrussFab; it is a SketchUp Extension that make the 3D printable truss elements popular for the SketchUp users. This TrussFab helps users for rotating SketchUp geometry into a truss network which can smoothly be put together in real life with the recycled materials. This truss network with the recycled materials provides the users the ability for gathering trusses to their own projects easily, faster and reliably.

About the project: It is a unique project and thinking that has started two years ago at Hasso Plattner Institute and has attracted many undergrad and grad students to work here, the main team consist the following members: Robert Kovacs, Anna Seufert, Ludwig Wall, Hsiang-Ting Chen, Florian Meniel, Willi Muller, Sijing You, Maximilian Brehm, Jonathan Striebel, Yannis Kommana, Alexander Popiak, Thomas Blasius and Patrick Baudish.

Robert and the Truss Fab Team have highlighted some points on their works and they have started working on the plastic bottles and have created so far some amazing projects.

Idea of TrussFab: Robert‘s first project was the Protopiper at the Hasso Platter that focused on prototyping room-sized objects at perfect scale. After that the team has planned to take forward the idea of large-scale personal fiction for more functional objects and the result was complementing small 3D printed parts with ready-made objects that became plastic bottles. They also realized the need of the key design principle is always fro closed triangular contours, trusses or otherwise the connectors or the bottle will break.

The underlying physics of the forces: Truss structures are containing of triangles arrangements; that’s why the structures block deformation than only the individual object. The main strength of trusses is that they turn side forces or bending forces into tension and compression forces with the length of the edges or members.

3D printed hubs in the extension: Robert and the Truss Hub team has rated many hub designs proficient to hold the bottles or any objects together and they also used a threaded-snap connector pair for each edge. After that they settled on a design which can adjust various kind of objects (here bottles) and easily apply the 3D print; initially this design has the connector with only a simple projection.

Incorporating engineering functions into the application: TrussFab and Robert have the main goal to give a chance to the beginner users for building structurally firm large-scale things in just some minutes. The fundamental design principle behind TrussFab is well known in architecture that is less understandable in everyday life and the 3D printers can manufacture more objects with a better quality. The observation of materials and the wall thickness of the designs often fail as the forces grow numerically with the size of the object; it can overcome by implementing truss-specific functions to help users to create sturdy structures. In addition the editor of TussFab offers primary shape fundamentals as the elementary formed trusses, tools that can create large beams in the form of trusses and tools to tweak the shape of structure in the time of maintaining inflexibility.

The most inspiring structure: The largest structure according to Robert and his team was a 5m high pavilion for the CHI’17 conference that was made more than 1500 bottles and 191 3D printed hubs and was designed by the architect Oanh Lisa Nguyen-Xuan with the help of TrussFab’s editor.

The process of extension self-validate larger structures: At first the effect of weight of any structure placed upon the Structure is computed by TrussFab and they use the software here. The software generally finds the flaws in the truss structure and searches the parts which are not locked properly in place by other members can be subjected to shear or bend forces. In case, if such kind of forces can be found then the software would place additional balancing member; then the software examines the capability of the structure. The software analyzes the applied forces through finite element analysis for every member of the structure and shades every member accordingly.

Digital tools used in TrussFab: SketchUp is the most used tool and far most the best software for designing and planning the models in TrussFab. According to Robert, SketchUp is a vast and available platform for 3D projects that help them to make their project easily in 3D editor. Besides SktechUp, they use some additional tools also like Karamba 3D to estimate the forces inside the structures and OpenSCAD for creating the precise hub geometries for 3D printing.

Use of bottles in structures: TrussFab uses the normal soda pop bottles as a recycled product to make structures of their models which they buy from the local stores of Germany. They used refillable bottles for higher structural stability that provides them strength and make strongest and on the other hand the softer bottles are inflated to get the same strength.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Message in a bottle: A search in truss automation

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SketchUp 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017 will be held on Fri, November 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM CET at Het Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1A, 5652 LA Eindhoven, Netherlands.

There will be instructional Keynote sessions about several SketchUp Pro workflows as well as supplementary scopes like rendering, Virtual Reality, 3D printing and more at 3D Basecamp for the sketchup enthusiast. Besides, an exclusive SketchUp, LayOut and V-Ray workshop will be conducted to transform your SketchUp Pro skills to the next level.

Given below, the lists of some renowned keynote speakers :-

Matthijs Kraan – Freyr Architecten about SketchUp Pro all the way
Nick Nijmeijer – ITCAD about SketchUp Pro & BIM
Dave Wayne – CADalog inc about SU Podium
Stijn Brilman – Canon Nederland about 3D Printing Architectural Models

Venue of the basecamp :-

08:30 – Reception with coffee / tea / refreshments
08:30 – Registration and Wardrobe
09:00 – Opening session in the Main Hall
09:15 – Keynote sessions in the Main Hall
10:00 – Workshop sessions in the Small Hall
10:45 – Intermission

11:00 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
12:30 – Lunch
13:15 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
15:30 – Intermission
15:45 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
16:30 – Closing session with raffle in the Main Hall
17:00 – Drinks
18:00 – End

To book your seat online, click on the following link www.eventbrite.nl

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How to design a façade of a building with sketchup and v-ray 3.4

This is an exclusive online presentation for sketchup professionals.

In this sketchup video, one can learn how to create the design of the façade of a building with sketchup and v-ray. The model is created with sketchup and rendering work is done by v-ray 3.4 through v-ray frame buffer. The video will continue for 47 minutes.

The V-Ray Frame Buffer belongs to a display window for V-Ray renderings that comprises of a number of V-Ray-specific features. The V-Ray Frame Buffer contains the following exclusive features:

  1. Interchanges among render components through a dropdown of all render elements
    b. Maintains the image in full 32-bit floating point format
    c. Accomplishes Color Corrections on the rendered image
    d. Facilitates the users to select the order in which the buckets are rendered
    e. Can preserve a list of recently rendered images and interchanges among them or compare them
    f. Employs normal Lens Effects to the rendered image
  2. Automate the process for modifying render resolution while the VFB window is resized with V-Ray RT ActiveShade and V-Ray IPR
    h. The capability for loading progressive resumable files (.vrprog ) and the V-Ray .vrimg file format.

To utilize the V-Ray Frame Buffer for rendering, activate the Enable built-in frame buffer option in the Frame buffer rollout under the V-Ray tab in the Render Setup window.

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Release 3 of VUE 2016 and PlantFactory 2016 Introduced by E-on Software

Being a leading name of software development for animation, creation, rendering and Integration, E-on software always keeps a game changer attitude with the new application for the users. The new releases continue to cast a spell over the 3D designing world with advanced functions and tools. Their effort makes the virtual world as much real as the real one with all equally viable substances. The new Release 3 of VUE and PlantFactory 2016 retain the legacy. These applications are smart enough to add nuanced details to your design, adding a real feel to the virtual world.

The free version of the software application is available for the users. These applications come up with as many features as you may want to have to create a magical 3D work the same as you expected. The new versions always bring forth the company’s objective towards creating an amiable space for designers and artists. It always goes a step further to reflect a sense of innovation and creativity of the designing. The main objectives remain unchanged in their designing and the releases – offering a user-friendly approach, enhancing the base of the current technologies, improving the performance of the application gradually.

The key features of these two new releases are discussed here. The information given below is stated according to the press release of the company itself. You can visit their official site http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/vue/vue_2016_xstream/?page=new for more details. The key features of VUE 2016 R3 –

UX/UI improvements:

  • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Higher quality display in Render Scene preview for soft shadows
    • Better handling of editor window manipulations
    • Support for HiDPI screens on MacOS

Optimized scene saving process:

  • Up to 4x faster scene saving
    • Up to 2x smaller file size
    • 3 New scene saving modes: Default, Consolidated Archive, Network Rendering

HDR Rendering:

  • Major improvements in dynamic range depth when using Spectral Atmospheres
    • New optional Sun Visibility parameter for Spectral Atmospheres
    • Automatic de-activation of Tone-Mapping when saving HDR pictures (.hdr or .exr formats)

Path Tracer renderer improvements:

  • Adds support for Spectral Cloud layers
    • Support for ‘Don’t cast shadows’ and ‘Disable Indirect Lighting’ material properties
    • New Translucent material type
    • Now supports Soft Shadows and Blurry Reflections/Refractions

Cloud Modulation:

  • New Cloud Opacity modulation
    • Access local coordinates for color settings

Faster computing of Spline operations for HeightField Terrains

xStream Integration:

  • Adds support for 3ds Max 2018
    • Optimized native spline handling
    • Network Rendering: New command line options to set color/alpha/depth passes for both stills and animations rendering
    • New Python callbacks for setting and getting Color, Alpha and Depth channels saving locations

The important features of PlanetFactory 2016 R3:

UX/UI improvements:

  • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Better wireframe display, and improved gizmo manipulator interactions
    • Improved geometry loading and previewing
    • Improved vegetation painting
    • Advanced vegetation pruning algorithms with new Cut probability, Cut length and Radius Reduction parameters
    • New Current Primitive node allows advanced control over branch growth and natural pruning effects
    • Improved geometry transition algorithms:
    • Better handling of branch offset
    • Improved geometry continuity with highly distorted models
    • Displacement mapping now available on transition zones
    • Improved exports:
    • New optional wind application to exported geometry
    • Improved export dialog interface
    • Improved PTex format export for plant materials

The features are concentrated completely on enhancing the users’ experience in designing. The details make your work livelier and better than ever. E-on software application does its best job in presenting tools and application that add real sense to designing. Enhancing the core offering of the previous releases of these two applications, the company has been successful to live up to its expectation like before. Personal learning edition and the trial version is available for the users. You can download from the company’s official website.

Source: www.e-onsoftware.com


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Demonstration of some useful mini sketchup extensions

In this sketchup video, Aaron provides brief demonstration on some mini sketchup extensions which can be operated with some simple clicks of the mouse. These extensions are Weld, adebeo_Pushline and Solar North.

Weld: Smustard Team has developed this sketchup extension. It supports SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015. The extension is used to choose numerous connected edges, curves, and/or arcs (“connected” signifies having common endpoints) and combine them into a single “polyline” with the use of weld tool.

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

adebeo_pushline: Denis B has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with only SketchUp 2016. This extension can be used to push edge. Just choose the tool and click on an edge or preselect and click on an edge and push it.

The plugin is available in different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.

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

Solar North: The sketchup team has developed solar north. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

It offers a wide array of tools to arrange and demonstrate the solar north angle that SketchUp employs to calculate the sun location as well as shadow directions. It is mostly suitable when a model is imported with a dissimilar “north” than SketchUp’s default.

To run this extension, an active SketchUp Pro license is essential.

This extension can be downloaded from the following link extensions.sketchup.com

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How to create a home plan for 3 storied villa in skethup

In this sketchup video, you will learn how to create 7.5×9 m size home plan with four bed rooms in sketchup. SAM-ARCHITECT has modeled this 3 storied villa with sketchup.

Sketchup is good for designing home plan as it can generate either schematic or full construction documents easily. Sketchup can be used to measure the area of any room.

In Sketchup there are various useful tools like pencil tool, push and pull tool, section plane tool etc. to generate customized objects with a high level of detail. The plan of a house can be produced in a 3D view or a 2D view.

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

How to create a home plan for 3 storied villa in skethup

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