Features of Sandbox Bonus Tools 2.0.2

The Sandbox Bonus Tools is developed by Cadman to include the functionality of the Sandbox tools. It simplifies the process for working with terrain all through the design stage.

This newest extension is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

The Project Mesh tool shows a regular surface grid onto a selection. The new surface grid belongs to a quad face mesh and is well matched with quad face tools. Choose the surface or objects upon which a grid mesh should be arranged.

1. Provide the size required for each square of the mesh grid. Put a negative number (except units) to subdivide the extents of the grid by that number.

2. Indicate the direction, the mesh is required to be projected onto (Top, Bottom, Front, Back, Left, Right).

3. Provide a number for a shard factor.

Since a grid is draped over an unequal shape, the length of each triangle is expanded greater than the base square size indicated in step #1. With more stretch the projection surface or objects become steeper. The shard factor specifies a multiplier of the base square size away from which the triangle will be removed from the draped grid. The default is 0 (no triangle should be removed despite of edge length). A number of 2.5 is a standard limit for steep slopes. For most landscape drapes, depart the shard factor at the default of 0.

The Foam Core tool performs sequential push pull operations upward on selected faces, increasing each following push-pull with the user specified increment distance.

When a negative number is provided, the tool will push the contour surfaces (levels) downward. This tool forms a ‘layer cake’ version of terrain out of contour surfaces.

The Hoola Hoop tool forms Contours around a selection set of surfaces and objects. Choose the objects or surface, then

1. Put the type of contouring to be executed: either Interval or Number. Interval belongs to the contour interval. Number sets the total number of contour lines to produce equally across the entire depth of the surface or objects.

To get more details or purchase the extension, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

2. Put a Value. For Interval put a distance, for Number put the total number of contours required.

The Drop Downward tool places (drops) every item of a selection of groups and components downward in the blue direction onto the model. Choose the objects to drop downward. All through the drop, the elected objects will not drop onto one another. The objects will land on the first part of the model they run into.

The Set to Elevation tool shifts all objects in a selection to a symmetrical elevation. Choose the objects to shift. Then provide the elevation value to where it is required to shift them.

Features of Sandbox Bonus Tools 2.0.2

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Skimp – The newest sketchup extension to import high-poly models rapidly

Mind Sight Studios released skimp, a new powerful import extension that can be used to import high-fidelity models into SketchUp rapidly and easily.

This sketchup extension supports SketchUp 2018 and SketchUp 2019.

It is specifically designed for Interior Designers, Architects, Game Developers, Landscape Architects / Civil Design etc.

The extension contains the following exclusive features :-

Get rid of slow, bloated models! Skimp retains your model light and prompt by streamlining it to the correct balance of detail and performance.

Choose any object in your SketchUp model, streamline and restore.

Import and decimate models with numerous faces instantly. Skimp can import FBX, OBJ, STL, DAE, 3DS, PLY, and VRML.

Perfect metric-based simplification.

It is possible to truly preview the model prior to importing with the purpose of modifying the scale, orientation as well as minimizing the polygons.

Skimp can significantly lower the size of your SKP file with some simple mouse clicks whereas retaining the visual appearance of the model.

It is exceptionally rapid and effective for both importing and polygon diminution.

It can sustain model hierarchy.

With skimp, it is possible to identify a metric-based tolerance while simplifying that is useful for CAD / CAM and 3D Printing applications.

Preserve Materials, UVs, and Normals at the time of importing and simplifying.

Skimp – The newest sketchup extension to import high-poly models rapidly

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Demonstration of curic section view

This sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of Curic Section Veiw, an exclusive sketchup plugin.

Curic Section View can be applied to check views and observe everything in the model. Besides, it can automatically locate and manage section planes in the model to instantly interchange to next or previous.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp Version: SketchUp 17, SketchUp 18, SketchUp 19 as well as Windows and Mac platform.
To avail the plugin, click on the following link. https://gumroad.com/l/curic_section_view
The plugin is also available in extension warehouse. https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/curic-section-view-0
For online demonstration of the plugin, watch the following video tutorial.
Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension
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Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) is the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse. It is an upgraded version of point gadget.

The newest version is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) comprises of several tools like Point Creation Tools, Line Creation Tool, Modification Tools, Importer & Exporter tools etc.

Point Creation Tools:

Set Location – This tool can be utilized to set the xyz of the station location or model origin.

Trick: With the help of the SketchUp model axis, precisely align imported data (images, cad info, etc) prior to shooting points. The green axis is taken as the North / backsight

Shoot Tool – This tool can be applied to set point markers with the mouse. The markers, and the points to be demonstrated, will be attributed ID numbers automatically.

Tip: While applying the Shoot tool, it is a good idea shoot onto an actual surface.

Tip: The point markers applied via this plugin are components. If the users are reluctant to apply the Point Gadget tools to set a point marker and as an alternative apply the Component Browser to set your point, ensure to employ the Point Gadget UPDATE tool to register them with the plugin.

XYZ Tool – This tool can be used to arrange point markers simultaneously with specific XYZ coordinates.

To get the details about other tools, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Watch online demonstration of Point Gadget 2 (2016+)

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension

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“Bending an object in SketchUp”

David Richards always works on different tools from different SketchUp extensions to create some differentiates in his models and this time he made a tutorial on Radial Bend tool.

About David Richards: He is a Biomedical Equipment Technician and provides anesthesia and Respiratory equipment for the largest medical facility in southeast Minnesota. Beside that he works in his garage woodworking shop where he has made various wooden items, he is a regular SketchUp user who uses it for designing projects, working out joinery details and solving the order of operations in time. He has made a various range of SketchUp models like tiny parts for medical equipment, large architectural and other construction projects. Most of his models are furniture and other woodworking related things, besides being a SketchUp users and woodworker; he helps other woodworkers around the world to use the program through his blogs in ‘Fine Woodworking’ which has become very popular among the woodworkers.

David Richards has drawn a SketchUp model and going to show his viewers the tip of bending any object in it; at first he drew a SketchUp model while creating plans for Michael Robbins’s Contemporary Desk that is marked in the current issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. The desk mixes practical utility with elegant details like its slender base with turned legs and curved side profiles; the construction is divided into two parts that are top and base. The joinery for the top section is elementary mortise and tennos; the two-part desktop is part solid wood and part plywood and covered with leather to make a blotter. The base with its turned legs is a straightforward frame secured by bridle joints. This leather on the blotter surface is represented by creating a component at first that is twisted up at one corner.

The work of this bending is easily done with the help of the Radial Bend tool in the FredoScale extension and here is a little detail of that work.

Radial Bend tool: Radial Bend deforms an object by radically bending the deformation axis which is perpendicular to the base reference plane. The radial bend is applied to the selected end of the deformation axis while the opposite end stays fixed and when the mouse moves, the shape radically bends in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction as per a circular bending track that is displayed and is subdivided in degrees. The orientation of the bend may be rotated around the deformation axis and done through the rotation handle attached at the bottom of the axis. This control is activated by clicking on it and an extra rotational track is shown to assist users with the positioning of the rotation.

In this model, David started working from the base for the blotter; he took a component, copied it pasted outside the component. Next he took Push/Pull tool to give the component a little thickness; next he thought took the curve tool to start the guideline to set the arbitrary. Now it is the time to bend the object, so he took the Radial Bend tool from FredoScale extension, placed it on the object, here users can set the number of faces they want in the curved object, next he drag the cursor along the guideline click on the corner and bring that corner up to make it a bended corner.


Bending an object in SketchUp

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Some handy tips to create realistic materials in Lumion

This exclusive Lumion tutorial is presented by Minh from Architecture Inspirations. The tutorial focuses on some crucial tricks to generate realistic materials in Lumion.

Applying materials is a vital feature to perform in Lumion. If there are not the simplest material assigned to a surface while importing the 3D model in Lumion, it is required to apply Lumion’s materials.

The materials should be used to each surface; these materials range from simple colors or a material with diffuse texture. Initially, a model is created in sketchup and brought to Lumion through Lumion LiveSync.

Lumion LiveSync is a useful sketchup extension that can be used for real-time, photorealistic rendering of your SketchUp model. It is possible to visualize your sketchup model in Lumion’s real time surroundings. Besides, instantly set up a live connection for concurrent modeling & rendering.

In Lumion materials library, there are 1019 materials as follow :-

a. Landscape (soil, water, rocks, grass etc.)
b. Interiors (fabric, glass, leather, metals, plastics, etc)
c. Exteriors (concrete, bricks, roofing, asphalt, wood etc.)

To learn how to produce realistic materials in Lumion, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

Some handy tips to create realistic materials in Lumion

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Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

In this sketchup tutorial video, the demonstration is given for sketchup slicer plugin. Slicer plugin is developed by TIG.

With the Slicer Plugin for Sketchup, it is possible to cut your model into pieces. Just choose any solid object and slice it up into pieces. If any hole exists in your model, the plugin will not work. The plugin is very effective for repairing your model.

For application, just select a group of geometry and choose the axes to be sliced along together with the spacing and thickness of your slices.

Slicer facilitates the users to slice a model along the X,Y, and Z axes, together with custom axes. Export those slices to like a CNC router to develop these models in real life.

Besides, slicing your model, but if the flatten object is chosen, slicer will actually set all the different pieces it produces as components. These pieces can be exported to a CNC router if it is required to generate your objects in real life.

The extension can be downloaded from sketchUcation store.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TutorialsUp

Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

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Shaderlight 2019 launched with support to sketchup 2019

The latest version of Shaderlight Pro is compatible with Sketchup 2019, macOS Mojave dark mode, a new 4K UHD output resolution preset and more.

Shaderlight is an interactive rendering software plug-in to SketchUp that facilitates the users to generate superior quality images, easily and quickly.

With this new version, the users can efficiently keep control render their SketchUp models, along with the capability to animate your SketchUp scenes and render to the cloud.

New features in Shaderlight 2019

Shaderlight 2019 comprises of an extensive range of workflow improvements together with the capacity to render transparent materials in chalk renders.

Given below, some exclusive features of Shaderlight 2019

Transparent objects will now be transparent in chalk renders.
• Shaderlight’s render settings are saved separately for every SketchUp scene.
• Shaderlight render window now provides support to macOS Mojave’s dark mode.
• Shaderlight resisits a computer from going into sleep mode at the time of rendering.
• Shaderlight will now suspend App Nap for the plug-in even as a render is on the go on macOS.
• A 4K UHD output resolution preset in included.
• Shaderlight warns while applying the ‘Quit Shaderlight’ menu option on macOS at the time of rendering.

Note: The customers who brought Shaderlight on or after November 21st 2018 can upgrade to Shaderlight 2019 at free of cost. Contact sales@toolfarm.com.

To purchase this newest version of shaderlight, click on the following link www.artvps.com

Shaderlight 2019 launched with support to sketchup 2019

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Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

This sketchup video will introduce the functionalities of 1001bit Tools (Freeware). It is an exclusive sketchup plugin that contains different types of tools to produce architectural components in quickest possible time. GOH CH has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015.

The architectural components range from Staircases, spiral staircase, windows, doors, walls, customized openings on walls as well as automatic creation of hip roofs, rafters and purlins etc.

Inside 1001bit tools, there are some effective drawing and editing tools such as fillet edges, extend, chamfer etc.

The users can also save the parameters, which are normally utilized, for easy selection in future.

To download a 30-days trial version, click on the following link www.1001bit.com

Watch the online demonstration of the plugin

Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

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Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

In this sketchup video tutorial, Minh from Architectural Inspirations, presents a useful video that shows how to use shapespark for creating rendering in real time.

The software also facilitates the users to observe their renderings on any browsers.

The video covers the following topics :-

Download Shapespark
Importing the 3d model to Shapespark
Brief description of movement controls
Previewing and baking the scene
Editing materials
Adding lights with Sketchup
Modifying strength of lights in Shapespark
Adding pre-defined views to the scene
Hiding objects from views
Uploading to the internet

With Shapespark, it is possible to generate and distribute real-time 3D visualizations that can operate through any modern web browser as well as on mobile gadgets, devoid of any plugins.

The visualizations are generated in the Shapespark desktop application and then uploaded to the Internet with the purpose of distributing and implanting on websites.

SketchUp is supported via a devoted extension that facilitates to export a model to Shapespark without any difficulty.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

To watch online demonstration, go through the following video.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

To download a 30-days free trial version, visit the website. https://www.shapespark.com/

Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

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