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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nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia develops nz_ConvertMe, the newest extension available in extension warehouse.

The extension can be used for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to compare with component Identity, it is also applicable for the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa. The plugin supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

nz_ConvertMe: This extension allows for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to tally a previously selected Component Identity, it also facilitates the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa.

With this plugin, the users will be able to remove various tedious steps by obtaining the desired end result directly.

The plugin offers the following exclusive feartures :-

ConvertMe To Components: Transform all groups inside a selection into individual components. Remember that the axes are now put to world axes as is normally the case inside the Sketchup Environment. The components which prevail previously inside the selection will stay intact.

ConvertMe To Groups:
Transforms all components inside a selection in to groups

Extract ID
Extracts the Component ID according to your choice while transforming future Components or Groups

Apply ID
Transforms all Groups and Components inside a selection that is equivalent to the Extracted ID

Link to download this sketchup extension extensions.sketchup.com

nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

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Demonstration of 2d Tools Plugin

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis, briefly explains the utility of 2d tools plugin developed by TIG. This plugin can be used to model in 2d dimension easily.

The plugin includes the following toolset :-

2D freehand tool, 2D arc tool, 2D circle tool, 2D polygon tool, Facemaker tool, 2D hatching tool, 2D adjust tool, 2D line style, 2D text tool, 2D polyline edit tool

The plugin is mainly created to provide you a series of tools which have similarity to those available in other CAD packages to facilitate you drawing in two dimensions.

To set a Z plane, lock your height above ground for the tools utilized by you. It can also set your plane corresponding to an existing plane. As for instance Type +24 to set a new plane 24 inches above the plane that is already active or type -24 to set a plane 24 inches underneath the plane that is already active.

It can also be set to generate both lines and guide lines by clicking on the control key. Besides, one can generate lines as welded sets or separate lines by clicking on the alt key. You can set your z-plane within this tool by clicking on the tab key.

The plugin is free and can be downloaded from the following link sketchucation.com

For online demonstration go through the following video.

Video Source: TheSketchUpEssentials

Demonstration of 2d Tools Plugin

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How to design a staircase with sketchup & render with v-ray 3.4

In this sketchup tutorial, one can learn how to design the stairs with sketchup and render with v-ray 3.4.

In sketchup, it is possible to apply components for generating repeating shapes. These components can be utilized to develop a staircase instantly without any trouble.

Sketchup can also multiply objects. One can select an object that contains repetitive values like a staircase and obtain the number of copies computed through sketchup.

Watch the following video tutorial to learn the step-by-step processes.

Video Source: Rio Ryne

How to design a staircase with sketchup & render with v-ray 3.4

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nz_Descendants – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Descendants. This is the newest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin can be used for diverse industries like Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Film & Stage, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, wood working etc.

The plugin has same functionality like PushPull tool in sketchup. With this plugin, the users will be able to extrude various faces to a distantly selected reference length. It produces the consequential shapes into an independent group keeping the original face/object as it is. This plugin can function on several faces instantly.

The plugin saves huge time and allows for modelling in a non-destructive way.

This convenience makes it possible for generating similitudes and modelling in a non-destructive fashion if applied with Sketchup: SolidTools.


By re-applying accessible dimensions, it is possible to generate self-similar objects which at the same time as not fractals yet sustain a subliminal sense of unity to enhance a project.

Non-Destructive Modeling:

If this plugin is utilized along with Sketchup: Solid Tools, the users can model maintaining their original source objects intact. Once related elements are produced, reunite or manipulated them with Sketchup:SolidTool and still sustain your original sources if it is necessary.

It is mostly effective while dealing with joinery, or any situation where a surface can become an interrelated element. Apply nz_Desendants to generate the subsequent/adjacent element easily.


nz_Descendants – The most updated sketchup extension

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How to Set Up Templates in SketchUp

Templates in SketchUp are the place where you are drawing on. Each template defines the type of your project. Depending on the applications, SketchUp comes up with an array of templates. The most common concentrated fields for SketchUp templates are – architecture, construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, woodworking, 3D printing, and more.

Templates generally define unite of measurement of your model. Each template has a specific default unit that helps you create a design easily with maintaining the accuracy. For example, if you are doing a woodwork project, then the unit should be in millimeters and inches because accuracy is a must-to-have thing in this case. For creating a building model, inches and millimeters will definitely irritate you. Each model needs a different unit to measure the model, and right templates make your job easier for you.

There is another option called custom template that allows you to add your preferences to the template. Sometimes the default ones seem not enough as per your requirement. In this case, you can customize the details to make it fit for your model. The list below contains the things you can add or modify in custom setting.

• The model Info Dialog Box:
The model info dialog box gives you information about a model. You can change the needed fields as a default for your model.
• Save Geometry for your template: when you save geometry to a template, then the models based on the same template will also add the geometry. It works as a default.
• Styles: you can work with an array of styles in SketchUp. The Style browser has as many types as you want. The common options include edit edge, face, background and watermark.
• Shadows: Shadows give your design a complete touch. Maintaining the right shadow behavior is a necessary thing. The option is not default, though. You have to turn on shadow separately as the feature consumes much computer processing resulting in a slow performance.

Change Default Template: When you get started with SketchUp, the first thing that the application asks you to do is selecting a template. This default template can be changed further. For this, follow the steps below:

• Window > Preference for Microsoft Windows and Sketchup > Preferences for MACOS X.
• Select the Template option from the sidebar.
• Choose a template from the drawing templates box and then click OK.

Create a Template: Creating template will help you start your work without giving time in changing the default option of templates. If a set of changes has always been used, then save it as a default. This option proves more beneficial than you could ever imagine. Follow the steps to do this.

• Start a new SketchUp file with your present template.
• Add all essential modifications such as style and shadow to your SketchUp.
• Select File > Save option.
• Save your template adding a name
• Click the Save option

The Model Info Dialog Box: The content below presents a short knowledge about a Model Info Dialog Box that helps you create your model with all necessary details. Different types of settings are categorized in the dialog box. Check the list below:

• Animation: to animate your scene, you can set transition time between scenes.
• Classifications: this feature will work on the classification data and BIM.
• Components: you will learn how to add changes in a set of components in your model.
• Credits: credits let you know the owner of the model or components. You can also Claim Credit to add the license holder’s name to the model.
• Dimensions: you can add text to the model. Follow help.sketchup.com
• File: this represents the details of a file.
• Geo-location: you can make your model geo-located by adding location through Google.

Besides the above-mentioned options, you can also get features like rendering, statistics, texts, and units. The Model Info Dialog Box has come up with the options that you want to have to create your design more smoothly.

The content describes steps and information associated with the SketchUp Template. You have to have detailed knowledge regarding this particular tool since it forms the base of your design.

Article Source: help.sketchup.com

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Clipping and missing faces in SketchUp

Both SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro are struggling in fix an issue in SketchUp called Clipping and missing faces in SketchUp tool. While revolving around the model, the effects can be seen like a section simply attached with the view at a fixed distance and sometime objects can also appear or disappear in a shaking mode while zooming in the model.

The geometry of the model shakes and glitters while revolving the model and it splinters and extra sections appear while operating the model. This situation is called Camera Clipping Plane which does not make any damage to the model.

These kinds of problems naturally appear when geometry sometime has been placed very far from the model origin that means the imported formation was copied form survey or GIS data. There are many models which are hundreds and even thousands of miles far from origin and SketchUp’s display technology was established more for distances like in Feet or Meters. Here are some situation described that show the situations where the kind of problems found:

1. When the field of view has been set up widely, the FOV or the field of view can be adjust between 1 to 120 degrees and it will easily change the FOV by pressing the Shift key to zoom in or out. This can be changed by going to Camera > Field of View and by typing the desired field of view in the measurement toolbar.

2. Secondly it can be happened the angled camera mode is turned off, to change the mode click on the Zoom Extents button. After that the camera will zooms out to show the total model and the clipping will be removed.

3. Another situation is that when the scale of any model is very small or very large. To prevent the problem just change the scale while working.

• When the model stays far away from the origin point where the red, green and blue axes interest, then the model can be moved to the origin point and this follows some steps:

1) select all the geometry of the model by typing Control+A or Command+A or only by simply clicking and dragging the Select tool beyond the geometry.
2) The move tool can be changed from Tools > Move.
3) Now take a corner point of the selected geometry of the ground plane and start to move the selected geometry. Now type [0, 0, 0] in the Measurement Toolbar which causes the selected point can move to the origin point.

• The clipping generally comes after a DWG import and happened with a combination of the points and while moving and checking the scale, following some proper steps all the geometry can be seen in the model. The three steps are:

1) All the layers in the Window menu need to turn on, to do this, click on the Window > Layers menu.
2) Geometry should be unhidden by using the Edit > Unhide all command.
3) Now again hide the geometry by clicking on View > Hidden Geometry.
NOW CLICK ON Camera > Zoom extents for making geometry visible and the full extents of the model also be seen.

All these fixing problems are described in SketchUp through detailed video.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Clipping and missing faces in SketchUp

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Unwrapping and Unfolding in SketchUp

In designing, unfolding is definitely a critical process that must be done attentively. Every edge should match with the design you are unfolding; else, you will never get the desired result. No matter whether you are unfolding on a paper or a metal sheet, you have to follow certain tactics to make this job done creatively.

With SketchUp, you will get the easiest and the best option to unwrap any design of your choice. The Unwrap and Flatten faces Extension is solely designed to provide you with innumerable options to do your job as an expert designer. While the basic steps remain same for both digital users and practical experts, other methods are completely different from each other. You need to unfold the shapes and keep them flat for cutting. The tool for the SketchUp user sometimes unfolds shapes automatically. The content discusses how to unwrap complex objects on SketchUp.

Face Orientation:

SketchUp has two different face sides – front and back. The front portion is universally colored in white. The unfolding process has been done by folding one face that correctly aligned with the face of the other site. It depends on the face orientation matter. For getting an accurate result, all faces should be aligned matching with each other. If the design contains different face orientations, then the unfolding process needs complex steps to go through. Proper analyzing, in this respect, is an important thing to get the best result. Matching the front orientation is important in this case. With SketchUp tool, you can different face orientation with the ‘reserve face’ option.

Developable Surfaces:

Unfolding for developable shapes is not an easy task as designers need to deal with the completed surfaces to flat the shape first. In a knowing term, objects with flat surfaces give you the freedom to unfold the design. The double-curved objects are hard to unwrap in SketchUp, and this case, a special attention must be taken. The designing suggestion tells you that always choose the part of complex objects which cannot be unfolded in a regular way. Separate that part from the rest and unfold it in a general way.

Double curved spaces and material stretch:

Designers find a great amount of difficulty to complete unfolding project of double curved objects and material stretched objects. Generally, double-curved objects are unwrapped in stripes. Those stripes are unfolded following specific rules and regulations. But if the object you are working on is made of stretchable materials, you need to adopt a different procedure to get your job done.

Material thickness:

The thickness of the material also comes in between unfolding an object in the SketchUp. The flat cut out portion must match with each other in terms of thickness and sizes when they are joined. The flattened shapes do not require much attention to be joined as they match perfectly if the cut is accurate.


Many a time, designers are asked to create overlapped edges for glue tabs. In this case, you need to overcut the flattened shapes. The Flattery extension will be helpful in to get your result as you expect.

There are few things that will help you to unfold and unwrap an object on SketchUp. The topic includes many sub parts and discussing them in one document would not be possible for any one. So I am mentioning a few links that will give an in-depth idea about unfolding objects.

Article Source: extensions.sketchup.com

Unwrapping and Unfolding in SketchUp

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A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

Previously in some areas of Campinas, Brazil, it was hard to find the experienced in software and technology but two Trimble colleagues in Brazil, Isabella Glacomin and Lais Tatagiba took an initiative to change this scenario. They launched a youth eclipse program that brings undeserved students with disclosure to SketchUp and also promoting a brighter future in this disadvantaged part of the country.

About the Youth Outreach Program: Trimble team in Brazil always took initiatives and activities for serving the community and giving it back some helping hands for better work. This year they thought to launch a youth outreach program with SketchUp and began their partnership with CEPROMM. CEPROMM is mainly a non-profitable association which helps and supports children, teenagers and women who live in an underserved area of Campinas known as Itatinga.

Campinas is located about 60 miles away from São Paulo and the area of Itatinga is known in Latin America for its uncontrolled usage of heavy drugs and have high prostitution rates. CEPROMM was founded in 1993 and dedicated to provide important resources to the underprivileged children and teens that are facing harmful situations at home. This association is currently aiding about 270 children, teenagers and their families by educational, personal and professional development programs and also organizes different mental health programs, arts and computer classes, sports and many more to enhance the good living skills in them. Trimble has connected with them for giving them some more different thing to live well in life.

Works around 3D modeling: Trimble with CEPROMM is going to the outreach project with SketchUp from Project Spectrum which will help the youth on the autism development in vocational skills and if this succeeds then a similar program will be held in Brazil also. The work has begun and CEPROMM is giving the students the access to coursework like computer classes that is not common in the traditional schools. The vocational tests given to the students help them to discover and operate possible career paths and it is hoped that it will be helpful for them. With this computer classes Trimble is willing to give the basic SketchUp lessons to make a way of working in 3D modeling or design in future.

The curriculum of the project: The program of giving the students a basic knowledge in SktechUp will help the students to become a basic or beginner user of SketchUp. The program is divided into three, two-hour long courses where they could take lessons step by step. In the first class, the students were given the knowledge of the basic tools and commands in SketchUp, then they learnt to draw simple lines, shapes there, work on changing the scale, moving the objects, also learnt to create groups and editing them properly.

In the second class, they created a 3D model using a 2D project and also learnt the process of creating windows and doors, it was a fun experience for them where they draw their imagination and gave them a beautiful shape. In the last class the learnt to create materials, textures on the walls and floors of their model house and also the method of importing the furniture from 3D Warehouse and customizing the things properly.

Ways of adding exposure to SketchUp: The students found a new world in SketchUp as they were never experienced this kind of technologies before in their school and at first they found some difficulty for them to grasp. Trimble helped them to grow their abilities of achieving something in future.

Creative models of Students: They have used their imagination and hidden wishes and created different models like house, swimming pool or garden etc.

Skills they learn: Though the students were taking SketchUp more excitingly and tried to create the models in a fast way but they soon understand that slowing down the work process will make the models better. Then they leant the things with ease and patience and put them in the models, this patience and eager to grab the knowledge will lead them to their beautiful future knowledge.

The future plans of the program: Both Trimble and CEPROMM ahs started to develop an action plan and decided some future plans for taking this program a new level. So they are willing to continue the lessons of SketchUp with the students and trying to give them the ability of mentoring other students under them so that the learning process can go further.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

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