Milling Tools – The newest sketchup extension

Thomas Thomassen has developed an exclusive sketchup extension alias Milling Tools. It supports SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

It can be used to generate Dog-Bone fillets, take out 2D profile out of 3D parts for laser/CNC cutting. It is mostly suitable for engineering and woodworking sectors.

Dog Bone Fillets: Generates Dog-Bone fillets on the faces clicked by you.

  • Apply VCB to fix the radius of the tool.
    • Apply VCB to fix arc segment quality. (“8s” will create arcs on the basis of circles containing 8 segments)

There should be no connection between the face clicked on and any other faces or edges.

Part abstraction for CNC/Laser cutting
Instigated from a thread (forums.sketchup.com) from the SketchUp forum.

 Abstract Parts: Choose a set of 3D parts, the faces on the ground plane of each instance will be withdrawn to a 2D profile.

Modify Part Height: Modify the depth of the chosen instance. It will shift the faces of chosen instances to the specified height from the ground plane.

Fix Ground Plane: A tool to opt for the new ground plane for the specified instance.

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How to Improve the SketchUp Skills

SketchUp has been providing an essential platform to the 3D modeling designers for decades. The easy-to-use features and functions made the application one of the most popular designing aids across the world. The intuitive working tools and the advantage of using accessories generated by users, including open source libraries and plugins, solve the complexities of 3D modeling and offer you an understandable way to create designs as per your requirement. Drawing designs on SketchUp is so easier that even children at their nascent designing stage are exposed to the architectural designs.

SketchUp has proven to be a great application for the beginners as its functions are made user-friendly and simple. Due to its simple approaches to the designing, SketchUp has faced difficulties to fulfil the requirements of designers at their advanced stages. Many would consider the application as a ‘rookie tool’ and feel a need for replacing this designing aid with comparably advanced ones such as Revit, Rhino, and AutoCAD. To change the scenario and to hook budding designers with them, SketchUp started evaluating with time by launching new plugins and increasing a greater user interface. With an array of creative and innovative functions, the application is successfully offering organized and efficient ways for making designs more prominent and efficient.

The content discusses on particularities of SketchUp application that allows you to design, adding real and vibrant details easily. The object of the discussion is to make the designing code simplified for you that ensures you to draw your imagination like an expert designer.

  1. 3D warehouse gallery: 3D warehouse comes inevitably with Sketchup as a distribution platform to promote 3D modeling designs. The gallery contains different 3D models designed by other users and it welcomes you to choose the right design for your designing project. This eliminates the necessities of using lines, layers and materials in your design. Thus, you can also reduce the file size.
  2. Place the model rightly in space: Conceptualizing a project as per the real location is a necessary work of an architecture. SketchUp gives you the needed reference of geo-location to analyze your plan according to the location. For placing your 3D model in a particular location, use the geo-referencing tool that can be accessible from window> model information>geolocation>add your preferred location.
  3. Plugins in extension warehouse: Plugins are best to give you a magnificent experience in 3D designing. With each version, SketchUp launches an array of plugins to solve the shortcoming of previous versions. They not only offer a new brunch of features but also enhance the efficiency of existing tools. Solar north is such an extension that allows you to change the direction of solar angle as per your design for adding a realistic view to the details. Sketchy FFD is another extension that looks after the dimension of the selected objects.
  4. Organize and save tool bar: Organizing a toolbar lets you manage and save your preferred options for the next use. It cuts down and offers you a better working environment. The process needs time to select the functions of your choice, but the end result will definitely give benefits in designing things instantly. This lets you perform your work efficiently with giving a keen attention to designs and concepts.
  5. Groups and Components for making editing easier: Using Group proves to be very beneficial in editing. It organizes your models into groups of objects and figures. You can easily change a particular portion of a model without disturbing the rest of the design. Using group in SketchUp needs just a few clicks – secondary button>create a group.
  6. Use layers, but not many: A small number of layers have been enough to control the element on the screen. Hiding layers, which are of no use, allows you to perform work in SketchUp smoothly. In case of importing models designed by others in your project, you need to take extra care and time to delete layers. Deleting those helps you reduce the file size.
  7. Reference point for enhancing accuracy: For creating or duplicating an element from your design, reference points can be handy. It also increases an accuracy of designs and makes your project flawless. For duplicating an object of your design, select the element and choose the reference point in space. Press the control key for activating the copy mode. In case of new element, use ‘measure tool’ for inserting a guide. Click on the beginning of an existing edge and its extension.
  8. Keyboard shortcut: Keyboard shortcuts make you speedy for accessing tool and needed functions. SketchUp has some existing shortcuts, they can be customizable though.
  9. Appropriate Visual style: For adding artistic details to your design, visual graphic style gives the essential effects to your 3D drawing. Agreeing the fact that effects make any design realistic, this tool always stays at the top in designers’ preference list.
  10. Use scene manager to set a view: Scene manager option is for adding or deleting view points as per your project. This also helps you create new camera angles to give your design a better visual effect. For choosing the right tool, Place Camera helps you understand the different camera angles by analyzing camera’s height with respect to the ground.

For further information please follow the link: www.archdaily.com

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Layers Organizer for Sketchup – The newest sketchup plugin

George T has developed Layers Organizer for sketchup.

This sketchup plugin is a good substitute to the indigenous layers that allows grouping and sorting layers to arrange your model in an efficient manner as well as lessen visual noise.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. The plugin is best suited for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning.

It saves layer states that can be labeled, recalled and applied to other scenes. Besides, it can manage the visibility setting of new layers in other scenes. With Cross Reference Organizer, it is possible to control layers from Cross Referenced components in a superior way.

This plugin is developed on the basis of the free, open source version of Layers Panel to fulfill your requirements.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse. extensions.sketchup.com

The following video will demonstrate all the functionalities of the plugin.

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The Trimble MEPdesigner for Sketchup

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Image Courtesy: aecmag.com

The Trimble Navigation was established in 1978 and is well-known names in the field of construction and surveying, with a concentration on surveying in construction, agriculture, mapping and GIS and giving various mobile solutions for the employees in the field. It employs around 7,600 staffs in 33 countries and has annual turnover of approximately $2.5 billion. We are bring the excerpt from the blog of author Shaun Bryant published on http://www.aecmag.com (AEC Magazine)

The newest acquirement consists of SketchUp in 2012 and Gehry Technologies in 2014, with various others making Trimble a world-wide player in the CAD marketplace. It has developed SketchUp and is creating it accessibility to different mobile field teams that need a simple, and low-cost, 3D CAD solution.

MEPdesigner is actually a SketchUp plug-in prepared for the mechanical, electrical and piping disciplines. Shaun Bryant has written in his article that he had the chance to chat with Paul Goldsmith who is the segment manager and Douglas Elliott, the responsible product manager from Trimble about MEPdesigner (Version 1) that how the new plug-in works and what plans they have for it in the MEP marketplace.

Primarily, Trimble was looking at SketchUp and resolute to pursue the 80/20 rule. As a guide, the top 20 percent of MEP users have Autodesk Revit MEP. Trimble required a product that permitted the other 80 percent to own a 3D MEP design tool. MEPdesigner fits perfectly into that other 80 percent segment, giving 3D design competence.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Image Courtesy: aecmag.com

In a go-getting six-month growth period, Trimble fashioned V1 of MEPdesigner, which is first and foremost created for electrical contractors and engineers who are by now, using Trimble’s SketchUp for theoretical engineering and design. Even if designers are not using SketchUp now, the interface is trouble-free to learn and use.

Trimble’s MEPdesigner workflow permits for theoretical 3D design to be imported into Trimble Connect for online design development and clash spotting in existing 3D models. This permits design information to be taken care from the 3D model to the field.

It also delivers a quick and efficient tools for SketchUp users for early theoretical MEP design, showing placement of equipment in a 3D environment, which permits for speedy clash detection and high-quality design intent communication with both the design team and team members onsite.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Image Courtesy: aecmag.com

When project management is to be concerned, the MEPdesigner allows the trouble-free communiqué of the 3D model among the owner, engineer and contractor and the field team and gives communication of design target of power, low voltage and specialist MEP systems. Collision detection is the name of the day which can lead to effectual pre-fabrication chances and improve the security record on the construction site. Another major advantage of MEPdesigner is the easiness in which daily work packages can be expressed to the suitable design teams. Using Trimble Connect via an internet browser, all 3D design can be highlighted and clash detect easily.

As conversation with the Trimble team, SketchUp and MEPdesigner give the possibility to make all MEP team members 3D experts. MEPdesigner needs SketchUp Pro to function but this gives right of entry to the SketchUp 3D Warehouse and many manufacturers’ content also accessible in SketchUp, thus giving an unbelievable amount of content for any designer; beginner, intermediate or expert.

MEPdesigner permits MEP design to go mobile. Bryant mentioned in his blog that interoperability with Trimble Connect. Any MEP design can be examined in the SketchUp Mobile Viewer, on tablets and other mobile gadgets. Field points can be added in MEPdesigner for the teams out in the field, which can then be utilized by the Trimble Field Points software with Robotic Station, giving accurate GPS point location for MEP data on any site.

As designs are made in MEPdesigner, the Level of Detail (LoD) becomes very vital. Trimble is tergettign for LoD of 350 (LoD 350) with all visual representation of 3D designs. This is the required standard.

The Trimble eco-system, MEPdesigner is spread via the Extension Warehouse, along with frequent Trimble AutoCAD apps, such as 2015Trimble Connect (acquired from Gehry Technologies).

Bryant was very happy with the section tool in Trimble Connect as he wrote in his blog. In a 3D view, this allowable for what has to be some of the easiest section manipulation he had seen in a 3D model. It is slick, fast and works.

The Version 1 of MEPdesigner is meant for electrical designers and contractors, with the bulk of 3D parts coming from another Trimble spin-off, TradeService. This controls all 3D data in MEPdesigner.

While these parts are mainly electrical, there will be much more targeting on piping and ducting in later versions with the 3D Warehouse provided that the mainstream of 3D components in SketchUp itself.

One of SketchUp’s main triumphant is the ability to convert 2D drawings to 3D models. In a step-by-step process, SketchUp and MEPdesigner can get better a 3D MEP model rapidly and successfully.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Image Courtesy: aecmag.com

Step 1: Using Trimble Connect, a 2D reference model can be carried to SketchUp. A 3D model can then be generated from the 2D reference drawing, using 3D components in SketchUp. Typical component would be walls, doors and windows. Service openings can then be generated as well. As Trimble Connect is a free SketchUp Extension, the reference model link is faultless.

Step 2: Using MEPdesigner, the 3D model would be populated with 3D MEP components, which would then be linked with MEPdesigner by way of electrical conduit, as V1 of MEPdesigner is mainly electrical. There is no aptitude to bend conduit or use flex conduit in V1 as its main content revolves around larger rigid electrical components. However, custom components can be developed from the basic components that given, such as a breaker panel with specific connections.

MEPdesigner is diverse to most SketchUp plug-ins by way of its top level menu and toolbar that users usually use to carry on the design palette and tools. This interface is used to add parts and route conduit. Once these parts are in place, part grip can be facilitated in SketchUp in the common way and conduit and cable trays come in with real world lengths with spacers and couplings.

Once created, all MEPdesigner models can be loaded into Tekla BIMsight, where smash detections can tag and allocated to field teams. This tagged impact can then be brought back into MEPdesigner, reviewed, re-designed therefore and then signed off by the field teams.

Using SketchUp Layout, views from the 3D model can be sent to paper or electronic drawings. Any points can then be sent to field teams using the Trimble Robotic Station.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Image Courtesy: aecmag.com

Conclusion: SketchUp Pro with the MEPdesigner plug-in gives an immense 3D MEP solution for within $1,000. However, it does have a long way to go to fight with some of its other contestants in this trade, such as Autodesk Revit MEP with its flexible conduit and layout testing tools.

But bearing in mind that MEPdesigner is only at Version 1, as per his blog, Bryant was sure about the growth team at Trimble will be working in the best way to make improvements and to prepare much more content.

V1 of MEPdesigner is targeted at the electrical marketplace setting up bigger electrical installations. With piping and ducting to follow, the MEPdesigner SketchUp plug-in will go from force to force, competing well with other MEP application offerings.

SketchUp has enhanced noticeably since the getting hold of ownership by Trimble, and MEPdesigner will be treated with the same rigid development and marketing, thus positioning it in the marketplace as the inexpensive easy learning solution, which is precisely where Trimble wants to be.

Overall, the MEPdesigner being a highly functional plug-in for SketchUp with a good future ahead of it, as long as Trimble keeps up the product development and component development it has fixed to SketchUp so far.

Ref: aecmag.com

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Detail Collection of SketchUp 3D warehouse

If you remember component bonus, you will also remember 2D and 3D tree and how it make and those beautiful woodwork, joints and roof. Now these components, mainly composed by the team sketchup have always been added to 3D warehouse.

In the sketchup 2015, it has been extended; glorified and standard component has been improved. Till now, 2800 individual content have been restored in 3D warehouse the repeated browsing reveals many collections. These theatres light are the best example.

These improved, developed components are genetic in nature. The title of new components is ‘detailed’. If you take the search results, it would show: “HMI Light 4000Watts with Barndoors” with all display simplified and detailed display.

These theatres light are the best example.
Image Courtesy: sketchupdate.blogspot.in

These components are characteristically ‘geometry heavy’; the user has to consider the use of sketchup model. The simplified components can be considered as proxies and replaced it with detail version.

The way to access of content is: 3D Warehouse Detailed Collections via SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse window (File > 3D Warehouse > Get Models) or via your web browser. These are all filled with information together with IFC attributes and metadata. They will always try exporting to Tekla BIMsight or Trimble Connect – both accept IFC files.

One can browse 3D warehouse for those contents. Special care has been taken to add relevant tags. The collections are electronics, cranes, jibs and cranes.

These theatres light are the best example.
Image Courtesy: sketchupdate.blogspot.in
These theatres light are the best example.
Image Courtesy: sketchupdate.blogspot.in

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Free DownloadSketchUp Components 3D Warehouse – Pool

Find numerous sketchup 3d free models for pools. One can download all the models as free of cost. All the models contain high detail accuracy. The models can be utilized for any sketchup scenes as well as pool design, landscape design and photo-realistic rendering. All the models are available in .skp format. So, make sure that you have sketchup software installed in your system.

Amazing pool Natural pool Pool Area
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Swimming pool House an pool Dream Pool
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Luxury Pool Basic Backyard Pool House with swimming pool
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Outdoor pool Drew E Pool House Two houses with pools
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Indoor Swiming pool Modern Pool Screened Pool
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Free download SketchUp Components 3D Warehouse – Toy

Download superior quality photorealistic 3d models of toys which are modeled in sketchup. These 3d models are free to download. These 3d models can be used for 3d animation, multimedia as well as 3d visualization works. These 3d objects can be downloaded in .skp and .obj format.

Toy Tipper Truck Wooden toy quadbike Toy Grader
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Wooden toy quadbike
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Toy Tractor with Cart Puzzle truck Toy Small Toy Truck
Toy Tractor with Cart
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