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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The newest Helix tool can easily transform your sketchup model to Revit

This sketchup video tutorial is based on Helix, the newest sketchup to revit tool that can easily transform any sketchup model to revit geometry devoid of apply Dynamo.

Helix is developed by EvolveLAB. With Helix, the users will be able to export sketchup design models and consequently import the model into Revit. This tool applies an easy and intuitive mapping system to be utilized for each model.

Just map your sketchup file with the helix interface and change the sketchup materials & components to authentic revit geometry along with walls, doors, windows, roofs and curtainwalls.

For more information, click on the following link www.evolvebim.com/helix

sketchup-to-revit-helix

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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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s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

s4u to Components is a useful sketchup plugin. It supports sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. It is paid plugin.

This is sketchup plugin is mostly suitable for the landscape and hardscape design industries.

It is useful for transforming objects to components. It offers the following features

Draw Lines To Components :
It is possible to draw line and change to components with draw line component attribute.
Choose 1 Face or 1 Component for drawing purpose.
Press Tab or Ctrl to switch insert point
Press Up, Down, Left, Right for mirror x,y axis

 Lines To Components:
Change Lines to components with lines to components attribute.
Choose 1 Face (or 1 component or no select for get default component) and Lines to transform

Faces To Components:
Transform Faces to components with Faces to Components attribute.
Choose 1 Component (no select for get default component) and Faces to convert

 Group To Components:
Transform Groups to components with Groups to Components attribute.
Choose1 Component(no select for get default component) and Groups to convert

FaceCurve to Components:
Choose Faces and 1 Components

s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

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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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Download AB3D Plugin for SketchUp

AB3DLabs has developed AB3D plugin for sketchup. This plugin can transform any two or more 2D drawings, demonstrating various views of a 3D model, into an accurate 3D model with the help of special attributes that it contains devoid of missing dimensions or either the 2D drawings match/fit one another. The plugin can easily & rapidly convert any unclear design concepts into professional 3D models.

This feature provides great advantages toward both the 3D modeling and 3D printing industries, whether for individual users or professional firms or companies.

AB3DPlugin for SketchUp contains a very user-friendly interface that facilitates the designer to imagine in 2D and integrate his 2D projections into a 3D new model, thus extending the scopes for imagination and creativity in design.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp2015, 2016 and 2017 versions.

To download the latest version, click on the following link AB3D Plugin 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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Download Medeek Foundation Plugin for SketchUp

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson has developed Medeek Foundation Plugin for sketchup. This SketchUp Plugin contains a user-friendly interface for generating perfect 3D foundation and footing geometry inside sketchup.

This plugin employs the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface. The plugin supports the up-to-date SketchUp releases (SketchUp Make 2016 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2016 64-bit) together with earlier versions (2013, 2014, 2015).

Presently, the plugin facilitates the development of the types of foundation given below (Metric and US/Imperial):

  • Slab on Grade (Rectangle,Polygon) [with garage curb and internal footing options] • Stemwall (Rectangle) [with brick ledge and internal footing/floor beam options] Footing types: • (Under Construction) Engineering (US/Imperial): • (Under Construction) [ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete]

By applying industry standard practices, all the foundation types are drawn/designed. Supplimentary foundation types and footings are in the way of being included together with the supplementary features like reinforcing bar.

The users can utilize this plugin to generate either a rectangular or irregular (polygon) shaped foundation plan. If you select the rectangular foundation, the outline can be described by just choosing three points which create the bounding rectangle (bldg. width x bldg. length) of the foundation.

The Medeek Foundation Plugin facilitates the users to perfectly illustrate standard concrete foundations, footings and flatwork inside SketchUp and substantiate their architectural models in a superior way.

Engineering: In future, the foundation plugin, will be incorporated with the Medeek Footing Calculator and deliver engineering data for particular common footing types.

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

medeek-foundation-plugin

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2DXY SlickMoves for SketchUp

Barry Milliken has developed 2DXY SlickMoves for sketchup. The extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. This sketchup extension contains 14 powerful tools of 2D graphics which are useful for any plane in 3D shape. Besides, these tools can be used to manage components and groups efficiently.

This extension offers the following features which are associated with power tools :-

  • Rotate about Z axis by any angle (2 tools) • Mirror about center X or Y (2) • Resize (absolute or incremental) (1) • Align (Left, Center, Right; Top, Middle, Bottom) (6) • Equal Space (between objects or between their centers) (2) • Display the Active Plane and XY Axes on any group or component. (1)

Functionality:

  • Choose one or more OBJECTS (Component Instances and/or Groups) • Click on one of the 14 SlickMoves tools. • All selected Objects will be “moved” with a single click

To download this extension, click on the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

2DXY SlickMoves for SketchUp

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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.

How to efficiently use advance camera tools inside sketchup

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