Modeling Terrain and Other Rounded Shapes

Drawing terrain in SketchUp does not require you to be a pro in the 3D designing. You can sketch the model as simply as you draw a line on a paper. But your 3D model needs other things to mirror the objects or scenes as accurately as the real one. The model you are drawing gets a special look when you add grounds and landscape. Along with terrains other forms of designing create a visually satisfied project. But how SketchUp perform all these tasks so efficiently is the question of many modelers. The content brings out the hidden facts of SketchUp tool in designing terrain and other round faces.

The answer actually lies in SketchUp Geometry. All SketchUp users must be familiar with the term – Sandbox tool – the tool needed for designing terrain. With this tool, you are originally using a special type of geometry – TIN that allows you to draw anything as per your wish.

TIN stands for Triangulated Irregular Network which is commonly popular as ‘a group comprised of triangles.’ The below image shows hills carved by TIN.

The content below deals with technicalities of designing TINs and Sandbox tools. The basics of designing that you must learn to Sketch the complex model in 3D.

Get started with TIN: If you are creating TIN first time, then you must try simple designs rather than opt for the complex ones. You need to import contour lines from another application or can import terrain from Google Earth using SketchUp building tools. Your drawing onto the TIN can is used in your design. But the easiest option will definitely be drawing a flat rectangular TIN.

For importing pre-existing terrain, Visit help.sketchup.com and for designing terrain from scratch, click help.sketchup.com

Use Sandbox tool: Sandbox tools stay in a sandbox toolbar or you can follow the steps – Tools > Sandbox

If you are designing a terrain, you can geolocate the model or add a geographic location embedment that places your model into a specific point of the model. Advantages of using geolocated the model are given below:

• You can get a comprehensive idea of sunlight and sun shadows that add a different angle to your model. Light effects always take a picture to a new level and your design will get a sense of reality with this.
• You can view your design in Google Earth.

Geolocated terrain helps your model locate into a specific place on the earth. You can also add different functions and features with the sandbox.

Reference: help.sketchup.com

Modeling Terrain and Other Rounded Shapes

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How to Create Component in SketchUp

When an object of your design has several uses in a model, component tool proves to be a great help for you. It saves your time from repeating the same design you need. Creating components enhances the accuracy of a model, and it is a must-to-apply trick for expert modelers. Benefits of using this feature can be felt while designing a model. Below are a few things that you can do with the component tool.

• You can reuse your component whenever you want.
• The geometry of a component stays separate from other components connected with it.
• You can also edit component whenever you feel so.
• You can cut a hole in a face with your component and can also stick it to a specific plan by changing setting of the glue panel.

Creating components can be made in the model itself or a separate SketchUp file. The create component dialog box will help you put the needed specification in your component object.

The steps that you need to follow for creating a component are given below.

1. Select the geometry of the object you want to make a component.
2. Go for the Edit > Make Component. A Create Component Dialog Box will appear.
3. In the Definition tab, give a proper name to your component.
4. Ad a short description of your component to the Description.
5. To use gluing plane, you need to select an option from its Glue To drop down list that contains – Horizontal, Vertical and Sloped. If you are using Glue To option, a few changes you will notice such as Cut Opening Check Box will be active and Always Face camera and Shadow Face Sun will be inactive.6. (For Cut Opening Option Only) if you want to use the Cut Opening option for your component, select the check box.
7. (For Always Face Camera Only) Always Face Camera helps you turn your 3D model into 2D forms without hitting the rendering option. If you apply this feature to your component, the Shadow Face Sun will also be active.
8. (For Face Sun Only) the feature is used in casting shadows of your components. The shadows will be cast the same way as the component is facing the sun.
9. (For Set Component Axes only) Set Component Axes defines the component’s axis origin. When you press the button, the cursor will tell you to insert a new axis for your component. Once you are done, the Create Component Dialog Box will be re-active again.
10. (For Selecting Type) the Type drop-down menu will help you classify your components.
11. For transforming the geometry you have selected for creating component, let the Replace Selection with Check Box selected.
12. Click the ‘Create’ button for creating the component.

These are the steps that you get while making components from the geometry of the model. Following this method will bring you a component that you can use several times in your design. You can also get video tutorials on the internet that provides a complete guide on how to create a component in SketchUp.

Video tutorial for the component:

How to Create Component in SketchUp

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Eneroth Auto Weld – The newest sketchup plugin

Eneroth Auto Weld is the newest sketchup plugin that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This plugin can be used to weld the opted edges collectively as well as look for edges to be welded and weld them at the same time. The search is restricted to the selection if there exist one, or else all edges in the existing drawing context are verified.

The plugin also automatically searches edges to weld when Follow Me Tool has been used. It means you don’t need to handle with all the exploded curves whenever you apply the tool.

Finally, the plugin creates perfect arcs and circles whenever probable, not like generic curves, which among other things facilitate you to view the radius in Entity Info.

Run the plugin from Extensions > Eneroth Auto Weld > Weld or Toolbar. Settings are available under Extensions Eneroth Auto Weld > Settings.

The extension can be downloaded from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Watch the following video for online demonstration.

Eneroth Auto Weld – The newest sketchup plugin

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Curic SectionPlane Tool for SketchUp

Curic has developed Curic SectionPlane Tool. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

This sketchup extension can be used for various industries like Architecture, Construction, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin offers the following functionalities:-

Generate faces out of the section plane
Produce faces out of object
Form boundary inside
Form boundary outside
The plugin is accessible from extension warehouse.

Watch the following video for online demonstration.

Download the this sketchup extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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Point Cloud Importers – The newest sketchup extension

D Charlton has developed point cloud importer. It is an exclusive sketchup extension that is compatible with Sketchup 2014, Sketchup 2015, Sketchup 2016 and Sketchup 2017.

In this extension, there are wide array of sketchup importers and these are used to import small point cloud files which are available in .pts, .xyz, .svy, .txt format.

With this plugin, it is possible to import point coordinates as a group of SketchUp construction points and utilize them to make the modeling process easier.

This sketchup extension can include the various functionalities like Text – PTS Format (.pts), Text – SURVEY Format (.svy), Text – TXT Format (.txt), Text – XYZ Format (.xyz) to the import menu.

Import Options comprise of Import Units, Decimation, Set Point Color, PTS File Structure (xyziRGB | xyzi | xyzRGB), Layer Assignment.

The extension allows importing of up to 1,000,000 points per import, and file sizes should be under 1GB. Import times fluctuate according to the point count.

It is suggested that imported point clouds include < 100,000 points so that import times become perfect and model performance is not hampered. By default, point clouds will be decimated to 25,000 points. Though, it can be modified under import options.

To raise productivity, the Importers are utilized together with other point cloud software so that the users will be able to split up bigger, more complicated datasets into smaller and more manageable pieces.

Working with smaller, decimated point cloud fragments in SketchUp helps to maintain good overall model performance is sustained as smaller, decimated point cloud fragments can be managed in sketchup. The modelers get the ability to focus on the development of one specific component or element at a time.

Click on the following link to download the extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.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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nz_Scale&Align – The newest sketchup extension developed by Natale Zappia

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Scale&Align. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension is useful for various sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking and other.

The extension combines 3 tools under one place. Relative Scale: It will scale an object depending on the “Source” & “Destination” reference points, equivalent to any two lengths. Scale Factor Scaling: Undeviating scaling depending on user input. Alignment(+Scale or Stand alone): align/copy/relocate.

This sketchup extension is perfect for scaling imported models or Architectural Plans provided that a random length is scaled up to a particular length based on perfect scale and alignment.

The scaling options can be extended to facilitate perfect scaling where ratios should have been retained while scaling to a particular clickable length. It can be executed on-the-fly devoid of requiring for prearranged measurements or the insulative blocks needed by the Sketchup measuring tape technique.

It is possible to scale & align single or multiple groups/components directly or through geometric relationships to instantly produce/multiply an indirect relationship, on the basis of the given image.

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

nz_Scale&Align – The newest sketchup extension developed by  Natale Zappia

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Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control – The newest sketchup plugin

Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control that is available in extension warehouse. This sketchup plugin is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin can be utilized to promptly conceal the layer of the nominated entities or display all layer in the active drawing context with a simple mouse click.

The plugin will save your significant time and allows you to model with fewer distractions. With this plugin, you don’t require to search for a particular layer manually and click it with the mouse.

To get rid of disarranging the view with layers, no need to show there exist third function rather re-hides all layers which were just revealed, excluding those related to the nominated entities.

With shortcuts, all these actions are accomplished rapidly. Point the shortcuts to Extensions > Eneroth Swift Visibility Control > < Action Name>. Apply Ctrl+L to conceal layers, Shift+L to display layers and Ctrl+Shift+L to re-hide layers.

To download the plugin from extension warehouse, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

For more information, watch the following video.

Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

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Some handy sketchup tips for newbie sketchup users

The newbie sketchup users will be greatly benefitted by watching the following sketchup video tutorial presented by Justin Geis. In this sketchup tutorial Geis will introduce you with top 10 sketchup tips.

1. Apply Keyboard shortcuts: Every tool in SketchUp is supported with keyboard shortcuts. You don’t require to click on icons to obtain different types of tools in sketchup through these shortcuts. Beside, these shortcuts can reduce your modeling time significantly.

2. Move along axes: It is frequently required to shift objects both up and down and left and right concurrently. While trying to shift an object in both directions simultaneously, your object may not proceed at the desired location. Therefore, it is suggested to shift your objects along the red and green axes initially, then along the blue axis (or alternatively), so that you can get your objects to shift according to your choice.

3. Move with inferencing (Kitchen Example): While moving objects throughout SketchUp, sometimes it become complicated to procure objects to go in the exact position in a 3D space as per your choice. To make this process simple, apply inferencing to shift objects around. Inferencing is SketchUp’s way of helping you move objects around. As for instance, when you prefer to move a table and chairs with the purpose of aligning them with the end of a cabinet – you can choose and shift your objects by holding the shift key to lock along an axis, then move the mouse over the cabinet end and click to set your objects in your desired location.

4. Utilize the 3D Warehouse: SketchUp contains an extensive library of free models which can be imported into your model instantly. Highlight your modeling time on modeling spaces, and download furniture and other interior objects from the warehouse as much as possible to save significant modeling time.

5. Model with groups: When objects do not remain in groups, faces are merged, you have to face problem. If you group your geometry, your objects will not be merged with other objects and you will be able to make modifications instantly and efficiently.

6. Model with components: A component belongs to an object and when you copy it, any modification occurred in one copy will be updated in all the other copies as well. If you wish to have more than one of something in a model, create it as a component. If it is not required to create a copy of something, it will be a group.

7. Use Copy Mode: The move tool and the rotate tool can be utilized to generate copies of geometry. By clicking the control key with these tools active, the copies can be produced.

8. Generate multiple copies simultaneously: Besides, producing single copies, the move and rotate tools can also be applied to generate multiple copies. While making a copy of an object, just type “*” and the number of copies to be produced, then press the enter key to generate that number of copies. It is possible to modify the number of copies by hitting “*” and a new number, then the enter key provided that the tool is still active.

Watch the video, presented by Justin Geis.

9. Generate equally spaced copies among two points (Fence Posts): Besides, producing multiple copies, it is also possible to set an end point, then hit the divided by key and put a number of copies to generate equally spaced copies among two points

10. Apply extensions: SketchUp and SketchUcation both contain extensive warehouses of extensions which can be set up in SketchUp to make its functionality superior. Use new extensions in spite of native tools, to extend your modeling skills.

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