How to create 3D walkthrough animation of a building in real time virtual environment with sketchup & Kubity

The concept of virtual Reality is gaining popularity among the architects & real estate developers worldwide. The most challenging part in design-headed industries, is to satisfy clients concerning an idea, that mostly gets presented in 2D plans and 3D impressions.

Virtual Reality can obtain the full gamut where clients acquire a real-time view of scale and scope of a proposal. Any prospective errors can also be detected at an initial phase for rectification. The clients can evidently observe the portions of the design liked or disliked by them.

This sketchup video tutorial briefly demonstrates how a 2D floor plan is transformed into a 3D model with the use of Sketchup. The video also presents a walkthrough animation along with a preview of the building in a real time virtual environment through Kubity app.

Kubity is a powerful app to distribute 3D models in Augmented and Virtual reality. Kubity can easily convert .skp files and after that models are viewed with additional features like AR/VR and cinematic fly-through tour or distributed through a mobile to any person and any location.

Visualize, explore and show your 3D models on desktop, web, and on-the-go with iPhone, iPad and Android gadgets.

Rapidly allocate with anyone over text, social media, or device-to-device by scanning the QR code with your mobile or tablet. The models can be available anywhere devoid of a network connection.

Get your models in 1:1 scale virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Superimpose a model in a real world surrounding with the camera of your phone or tablet.

How to create 3D walkthrough animation of a building in real time virtual environment with sketchup & Kubity

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How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

This is an excellent video tutorial for sketchup vray users. The tutorial briefly explains how to use v-ray 3.4 in sketchup 2017 along with photoshop to perform interior rendering of a bedroom.

The rendering is done through v-ray asset editor. The V-Ray Asset Editor contains four different tabs ranging from Material Editor, Light Editor, Geometry Editor, and Render Settings Tab. These can be utilized for controlling V-Ray assets and settings.

Asset Editor Button is available in V-ray Toolbar. One can also avail it from Extensions > V-Ray > V-Ray Render and Options > Asset Editor.
Material Editor tab provides information and manages all the materials in the sketchup scene.

Light Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information and manages all the lights in the sketchup scene.

Geometry Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information on v-ray geometry assets in the sketchup scene.

V-Ray Render Settings tab provides controls for the V-Ray renderer.

Watch the online demonstration.

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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.

Menus & Toolbars
• Extensions » Milling Tools

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Selection Toys – The newest extension for sketchup

Thomas Thomassen has developed Selection Toys for sketchup. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 as well as Mac and Windows platform.

With this sketchup plugin, the users will be able to generate, control and refine selections.

This plugin comes with a wide array of selection modifiers to filter out all edges, faces etc. It allows you to instantly choose entities containing identical properties like material, layer orientation etc. Besides, it allows you to pick up same instances of the identical Dynamic Component.

Tools
Select Edge Loops — (1.14.0)
Access: Tools -> Selection Toys -> Select Edge Loop

This select tool can be used to opt for the loops of a face. The normal Select modifier keys are applied to insert/remove/toggle their selection. Loops belong to either the bounding edges of a face or a hole in a face.

Components
Select Instances – Selects all the instances of the designated component.
Select Active Components – Selects all the instances in the existing work space exclusive of all which are nested within other components etc.

Select Active from same Layer – Selects all the instances in the existing work space of the designated component that remains on the similar layer.
Select All from same Layer – Selects all the instances of the designated component that remains on the similar layer.

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

Selection Toys – The newest extension for sketchup

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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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Some useful tips to produce organic canopy with sandbox tools in sketchup

This exclusive sketchup tutorial is presented by Justin Geis, the founder of sketchup essential. The tutorial provides detailed guidelines for creating the model of an organic canopy by applying sandbox tools in sketchup.

The sandbox tools are useful for generating terrain models out of contours involving elevations and drape objects (roads, parks, buildings, water bodies, etc.) over the terrain model. The Sandbox tools originates from a Ruby script language extension that dispatches with SketchUp. It contains different types of tools like sandbox from contours, sandbox from scratch, smoove, stamp, drape, add detail, flip edge etc. can be applied for all types of geometry exclusive of topological terrain.

The entire design is created with sketchup make 2017. Besides, to improve the design process, some exclusive sketchup plugin like selection toys and Lines2Tubes are used.

Thomas Thomassen has developed selection toys. This sketchup plugin contains set of commands to control selection.

Click on the following link to download the plugin sketchucation.com

 Didier Bur has developed Lines2Tubes. This sketchup plugin can be used to transform lines, arcs, circles, curves into cylinders. It is very useful to deliver wireframe-like model.

Click on the following link to download the plugin sketchucation.com

 Watch the online demonstration.

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RetroUp – The newest sketchup extension

This sketchup video makes demonstration of RetroUp, the latest sketchup extension that is launched in 17th July 2017.

This sketchup extension support only sketchup 2017 version. This sketchup extension can be applied with Sketchup Arcade Machine.

To run this extension, visit Extensions > RetroUp and opt for Retro Mode or Activate All

For online demonstration, watch the following video.

RetroUp – The newest sketchup extension

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Learn to make several complicated shapes with sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial demonstrates how to produce various complex shapes with the use of sketchup, the powerful 3d modeling software for designers and architects.

In this tutorial, two intuitive plugin called round corner and curviloft are used to make some of these complex shapes.

RoundCorner performs the rounding of the edges and corners of 3D shapes along a 2D profile, in 3 modes: Round corners, Sharp corners and Bevel. RoundCorner also supports concave corners (always rendered as Round) and non-orthogonal edge faces. Corners can have 2, 3, or more edges.

To download this plugin, click on the following link sketchucation.com

Curviloft belongs to a script that is developed to Loft and Skinning useful for creating surfaces from contours. Curviloft comprises of various different tools to facilitate you making more advanced shapes.

  • Loft by Spline attaches individual contours, open or closed, with smooth splines
    • Loft along Path attaches contours, along a specified rail curve.
    • Skinning generate surfaces surrounded with 4 or 3 contiguous contours

To download this plugin, click on the following link sketchucation.com

Go through the following video tutorial, to learn the detailed process.

Learn to make several complicated shapes with sketchup

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AMS Library for sketchup – The newest sketchup extension

AMS Library is a useful sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

Besides, it is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP or later. It can also work on Mac OS platform but there are restricted features.

AMS Library comprises of a series of tools and functions which are employed to interact with SketchUp window and its sub-windows with the application of Microsoft Windows API. It has the ability to interchange SketchUp full screen and changing visibility state of toolbar containers, status bar, scenes bar, and other elements of the windows.

It is also able to inspect and undertake decisions to different events and messages of SketchUp window process. It means that AMS Library can prevent and check keyboard and mouse messages that get to Sketchup window procedure. This type of feature is ideal for developers who want to bring superior control over SketchUp application with the aim of generating games for instance.

There are several Windows API utilities in this extension which facilitate the developer to fine-tune his/her webdialogs to a new level. In various ways, this library is written to obtain things that are inexecutable with a standard SketchUp API.

To get full demonstration, watch the following video.

ams-library-sketchup

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Ruby Code Editor – The newest sketchup plugin

Alex Schreyer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, has developed Ruby Code Editor. This is an exclusive sketchup plugin that can be used to write and rectify Ruby scripts directly inside SketchUp with user-friendly and visually fascinating.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These scripts can then be utilized to generate geometry, include functionality as well as data inside the SketchUp 3D modeling environment. A huge set of functions in the SketchUp Ruby API can automate SketchUp in various ways or generate scripted, computational geometry.

To edit and run SketchUp Ruby code within sketchup, most of the time an external editor is utilized. But this internal editor facilitates for both scripting and modeling simultaneously on the basis of your requirements.

To get access Ruby coding environment and function more like a real code editor, a bit of jQuery (and jQuery UI) magic is included with the plugin. Besides, there is CodeMirror syntax highlighting engine to offer multi-language code highlighting, exact TAB control, find/replace, bracket matching, code folding etc.

To run this plugin, select Window > Ruby Code Editor or open from the Ruby Code Editor toolbar.

Ruby Code Editor – The newest sketchup plugin

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