Architect Tools – The new sketchup extension

Thomas Thomassen has developed a new sketchup extension that is called Architect Tools. It comprises of a series of tools which function with imported map data to produce buildings and stepped terrains.

This new sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plug-in :-

• Create Buildings
• Combine Solid Buildings
• Fill Solid Holes
• Choose Non-Solids
• Create 2:1 Road Profile
• Move to Z
• Contour Tool (For closing contour lines with open ends)
• Extrude Up (For producing stepped terrain)
• Project Down Tool
• Magnet Tool
• Move to Plane
• Flatten Selection
• Crop Selection to Boundary
• Put Geometry on Layer0
• Grid Divide

This extension is available under plugin or toolbars. To install the extension, TT_Lib² — 2.7.0 (extensions.sketchup.com) is required.

To learn how to apply the extension, watch the following video.

Architect Tools – The new sketchup extension

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How to swap low-poly proxy components for highly detailed model through components window

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchu video, one will learn the process to interchange low-poly proxy components for exceedingly detailed model with the use of components window.

If you have models which contain lots of geometries, it will slow down your computer. To resolve the issue, you have to make proxies which are nothing but simple components to represent where the geometry is going to be placed. It can be done with a instant click substituted with more complicated geometry.

While going to create more and more complicated objects SketchUp, you need to save those objects in order to utilize them repeatedly. It is also often required to allocate your objects with other or download other people’s objects from the web. All these can be performed with components. It all takes place in the Components window that is available under Window, Components.

It does not represent all the objects in the scene but only those objects which are transformed into components. There are three tabs in this components window. One is the Select tab that facilitates the users to choose components. The next one is Edit that facilitates the users to edit current components. Besides, there is a Statistics tab that empowers the users to observe statistics about the components.

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SketchUp Skill Builder

Josh Reilly has become a part of Google SketchUp since 2008 as a SketchUp Trainer and later rejoined with SketchUp Trimble in 2013. He has a good knowledge in SketchUp designing and labeling and also creating new things. He is fond of maps so he thought to make a topic on mapping images to curve the surfaces in SketchUp with the use of Skill Builder.

According to him, textures or materials have a very important part in SketchUp designs as they can perform the important role of combining the geometry with life. A well-technique wine label is the presentation of a well-textured SketchUp model which allows the user to explore the contents. For the advanced users of the application of textures on flat faces, he suggest to watch two short videos which demonstrates the process of painting and projecting textures on more complex and curved surfaces.

In the first video, Reilly has demonstrated a step-by-step breakdown of the workflow. The process is described here:

1. At first, the Select tool is used for using the geometry where a texture needs to apply. To enter Groups or Components double click is necessary.
2. Then go to View > Hidden Geometry to affirm the polygon breakdown of the curved surface.
3. Next go to File > Import…. Option and then browse the image file in the import dialog box.
4. Before clicking on the “Import” option, verify that “Use As Texture” option is selected.
5. To position the image in the selected area click once in the bottom edge of the face.
6. Again click on the top edge of that face for painting the image there.
7. For manipulating the image, right-click on the image and go to Texture > Position.
8. The paint Bucket tool is used to sample that texture by the modify key and then apply that texture to the remainder of the curved surface.
9. Then go back to View > Hidden Geometry for turning that mode off.
10. This handiwork must be admired.

The above process is used in the simple surface; the second video is about managing a little more complex workflow: projecting textures onto complex surfaces… The step-by-step breakdown of the workflow is described below:

1. At first a simple rectangular face, where the image will be imported has to draw which should match the size of the curved surface.
2. Then go to File > Import… and browse the image file in the Import dialog box.
3. Before clicking on “Import” verify that “Use As Texture” is selected.
4. At first click on the anchor point and then click again to finish the image placement.
5. Then Right-click on the image and go to Texture > Position for manipulating the texture to make it fixed in the position on the curved surface.
6. Now Right-click on the imported image and go to Texture > Projected that is important.
7. Now use the option Paint Bucket Tool to sample that recent projected texture and apply it to the curved surface.

There are many more options that can be done on textures in SketchUp by Skill Builder like:

• Applying Colors, Photos, Materials and Textures
• Sticking a picture or Texture to a face
• Adding colors and Textures with Materials

For more information and the videos visit blog.sketchup.com

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How to Use Split and Join Tools in SketchUp

Split and join tools in SketchUp offer you the known applications correctly described by their names themselves. In this 3D application, LayOut Split and Join tools offer the easiest way to design a complex shape by splitting and joining. A few steps are there that help you do the needed cut and join on your design. Generally, split tool is for tearing a design apart while the joining tool joins one or more shapes together.

Steps to follow for splitting a line or a shape:

• Select the Split tool by selecting tools > split.
• Click on the areas of lines or edges you want to split.

The splitting parts of the design can be dragged or dropped anywhere in the design. The picture below rightly presents how to use split tool for your design.

The best thing is that you can use both Split and Join tools together to design a complex shape. If you want to use the tool in the best way, you have to go to the core and learn the basic part of this application.

Follow the steps if you want to join two or more shapes together:

• Use the Select tool to drag the shapes and drop them so that they overlap each other. As it is shown in the Figure 1 (Callout 1).
• Click the Split tool.
• For Shared Vertex, you need to click on every overlap points. On hovering over the split cursor over these points, a red X and an Intersection ToolTIP will appear.

• Use the erase tool to delete the unnecessary part of your design before giving your model a final touch.
• Click the join tool to glue the split part to make a complete model.
• Click on edge of each piece when the Join tool cursor is active. The color fills in the shape with every click. The fill color will be the color of the shape you click first. See Callout 4.

The Split tool has many applications in our SketchUp design. Bending is another thing that is a popular feature for designers. Bending defines the curves of your design instead of the split points. For designing different complex structures, bending will prove a great tool. LayOut Path Editor is the tool that you need to bend the lines and shapes in SketchUp.

Source: help.sketchup.com

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How to swap low-poly proxy components for highly detailed model through components window

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchu video, one will learn the process to interchange low-poly proxy components for exceedingly detailed model with the use of components window.

If you have models which contain lots of geometries, it will slow down your computer. To resolve the issue, you have to make proxies which are nothing but simple components to represent where the geometry is going to be placed. It can be done with a instant click substituted with more complicated geometry.

While going to create more and more complicated objects SketchUp, you need to save those objects in order to utilize them repeatedly. It is also often required to allocate your objects with other or download other people’s objects from the web. All these can be performed with components. It all takes place in the Components window that is available under Window, Components.

It does not represent all the objects in the scene but only those objects which are transformed into components. There are three tabs in this components window. One is the Select tab that facilitates the users to choose components. The next one is Edit that facilitates the users to edit current components. Besides, there is a Statistics tab that empowers the users to observe statistics about the components.

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How to resize components in SketchUp

SketchUp is a wonderful modeler for architects and designers and the new version of SketchUp has also come with new features for us. SketchUp 8 is a 3D modeling program that known as Google SketchUp in earlier. This program is also available in a fully useful free version and also the Pro version is available that has more features. This software helps the users in their business that deals regularly with the perfect modeling objects like in the architectural or design fields. Besides creating the users own components, the software also have pre-built models that can be resized as per the needs. Those newly created components could be resized with the Tape Measure tool and the other pre-built components can be altered with the scale tool.

Resizing pre-built components:

1. At first the SketchUp should be launched and then click on “Choose Template” from the Splash screen. The selected template determines the measuring units for the objects and components.
2. Then click “Start using SketchUp” button after selecting a template which can be the match of the required measuring units.
3. Next click on “Window” option form the Menu Bar and click “Components” for viewing the Components window.
4. Select the components for setting the starting point and then click on it for placing it on the main SketchUp screen.
5. Now click on Tools < Dimensions. After that the cursor will be turned in a purple dot that can be moved over the document that wants to resize.
6. After that click on the section of the components for setting the starting point of the dimension and click to place the endpoint. Sketchup will quickly display the dimensions for the selected distance.

7. Next click Tools>Scale from the Menu bar and click the component wished to resize.
8. At last click and drag one of the scaling grips for resizing the component.

Resizing newly created components:

1. At first launch SketchUp and then click on “Choose Template” from the splash screen. The selected template determines the measuring units for the objects and components.
2. Then click “Start using SketchUp” button after selecting the matching template with the required measuring units.
3. Then click on “File”>Open from the menu bar for selecting the resized components.

4. Now select the Tape measure tool from the toolbar and click anywhere for selecting the starting point of measurement.
5. Then move the cursor and select the ending point of the measurement.
6. Next type a new length for the measurement from the Measurement toolbar and press “Enter”.
7. Then only click “Yes” at the prompted time and the component will automatically take the measurement.

For more information please visit smallbusiness.chron.com

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Objects from stoveweb.com – The newest sketchup extension

Andrey Z, the renowned engineer, physicist, researcher and programmer; has developed Objects from stoveweb.com.

This newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. This sketchup extension is intended for the architects.

The module facilitates you to draw objects out of the csv file, which implies the corner points of objects, the row number and color.

Go through the following link to download a sample csv file.

stoveweb.com/includes/dnkp/files/sqp_orientasia_kirpicha.csv

These types of files can be acquired manually, or can be recreated automatically via a free service

stoveweb.com practically for any objects available in the stove.

Get the extension online from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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SketchUp to VR in 10 seconds

This article is about the new SketchUp tool VR that is a very useful helping hand for the science fiction fans and have some really great features. But it works on SketchUp’s latest versions. Here is some information about the working process in VR. Here are also some reviews about the working features of VR; it is a smart simple and useful tool. The getting process, the inside view all are described here for the readers.

VR or Virtual Reality has been a dream of science fiction fans for decades and at last it has appeared. It is mainly a multi-sensory computer simulated visual environment which allows users to immerse themselves and interact with 3D worlds. Innovates from all over industries are now using this technology for telling stories and taking users on a far away adventure. SketchUp is one of the world’s well known popular 3D modeling programs. There is a wide variety of industries here like architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and film and product design. They all are depended on the program for bringing their ideas to life. For viewing SketchUp models, right hardware and prospect is necessary.

Getting Ready to Go Into VR: At first check that the file can be viewed in Prospect, as VR only works in SketchUP 2014-2017 and also check if there is the accurate geolocation set in the file. Actually Geolocation in SketchUp is for informing the ability for adjusting Sun Settings in VR and perfect asses glare and shadows that casts from the natural light entering in the place. For viewing different scenes in the model or jumping between different rooms always make sure to have a number of clearly named Scenes set up as well. In the next step, configure the workstation for the virtual reality by checking that the headset is either an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and then open the Prospect in the desktop. After opening the prospect, drag and drop a SketchUp file into the dropzone or find and upload the file by simply clicking the “Browse” option. After the file get selected, click the “Launch” option and for going to VR is ready.

Inside the 3D model: After entering the VR the first thing will appear that the loaded model is in front in the Scale Model Mode. There one can rotate, scale and section their model for better view in the enclosed areas. By pressing the menu button on the controller for toggling on tooltips while in VR the user and clients both get familiarized with the various features. To enter in the models inside at 1:1 scale, select “Navigate” on the menu for teleporting you in. after entering one can explore the model and begin the mesmerizing review.

In- Vr Tools for Immersive Review: There are many tools available for helping to produce actionable next steps and valuable design insights from the users time spent on reviewing the model in-VR.

• Sun Settings: This tool use the actual geolocation that you have set up in the original Sketchup file for displaying the accurate lightning and shadows. By adjusting the time and date it allows user for making informed decisions about windows, lighting and to do shadow studies.
• Viewpoints: They are like the camera views that are located within the model. It is a best way to walk a client or colleague through a project by creating a solid narrative about the space. Prospect uses Scenes from SketchUp for creating Viewpoints. These viewpoints can be navigated between from both scale Model Mode and in the model.
• Layers: It can be advantaged to easily and effectively showcase the various design options, material combinations or can also walk through fully different layouts. The associated layers with groups can be automatically pulled into Prospect from SketchUp. By turning of the visibility the layers will be kept off.

For more information and video visit blog.irisvr.com

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Career Options SketchUp Users Have

SketchUp is not only a 3D designing tool but also a way leading to many career options. The best thing about the application is that you can learn easily how to design 3D models without having prior knowledge. The job profiles associated with SketchUp include architect and interior design, and a design aid in AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction).

If you design in SketchUp to meet your passion, then turn your passion into a profession simply. Career options are numerous, and each of which relates you to the interesting world of building structures virtually. There is no certain direction for SketchUp Jobs, though. One can use the application as per their demands.

SketchUp does not follow any stipulated format. This is why jobs are increasing in numbers in the fields. Innovation enriches its application, and designers come up with several new ways that will make you more creative. Knowing career option hones your skill to beat more complex designs.

The content deals with some innovative career paths that remain unknown to the designers till date. The paths are as interesting and creative as their thought. Read on to learn more.

• Architect/ Architectural Visualizer:

Architect is another job option where SketchUp has been used primarily. You can design in the application if you are master over SketchUp. But to get a professional tag, you need to earn knowledge in other related software applications such as Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Revit.

Though one can be an architect without knowing Revit or BIM applications, AutoCAD and Photoshop are the must-to-have option. The software will help you design more clearly and precisely when you prepare to make 3D models in SketchUp.

As per the experts, SketchUp is a self-study. The more you spend time with the application, the better you will be in designing. You can also earn architect job without having the formal study of architecture. In this case, you will be restricted to a certain position and salary.

• Project manager:

A project manager uses SketchUp as a communication tool to bring out the inside of a work to the clients. SketchUp helps a project manager in many ways such as illustrating a worksheet condition, measuring safety issues, and more. The average use of SketchUp in a project manager’s job profile is 5%.

• Concrete Product Design:

In a concrete product design, SketchUp works as a communication tool that helps clients understand what they get. The 3D design of a project communicates well to the workers also as they visualize the complex works which need to be done applying the right method. The application in a product design includes things more than you count.

Reference site: forums.sketchup.com

 

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SketchUp Camera Tool – Change the View of your Design

In SketchUp, you have to have a complete idea about the View tool since it gives your design an ultimate angle. A good designer earns an in-depth knowledge of how to use every feature of view to make their design the best. Camera tool generally works in two ways – one that jumps views from one point to another such as back, left, right, and from; another moves camera position from one point to another such as zoom and pan.

The view tool stays in the Camera option from where you can navigate the position of your model visually. Take a note of the content below that provides you with a comprehensive idea of what View tool offers.

• Iso: it is for giving your design a slightly angled front view. It has a specific application in your design with adding perspective and relationship of the project.
• Top: as the name says, it is for the top view of your model. Sometimes, Top view creates a flat look of your model. Use Zoom in and out to recognize the actual distance of your model.

• Front: the front view proves to be the best option when you start designing on SketchUp first.
• Right: the Right tool allows you to jump from back to front, right and left views.
• Back: Back gets less attention as compared to the other sides of your design. But the back view is as essential as the other view of the model.
• Orbit tool: with this tool, you can see the view from any direction of your model. Navigating the application is also easier. To observe the different views of the model, you need to drag your model to the direction you want to see.

• Pan Tool: Pan tool helps you move the model from one point to another. You will proceed along with the gradual move of the design. Using the tool is like grabbing and dragging a model.
• Zoom: the tool used has been used in the same way as it was used. Zoom in for observing the smallest detailing and Zoom out for view the model in a biz size.
• Zoon Extent: this feature generally zooms out your model to the maximum extent.

Viewing your design from right direction is as much essential as a flawless design. The above-said tool will help you choose the right angle and sites you want to observe your design. To know how to use the camera angle more prominently, visit

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