Cube Cities are a unique thinking

Greg Angevine is the founder of Cube Cities and with his innovative team he has made some unique featured cities which are different from the normal thoughts. He has spent a lot of years in his career to find some idea from some of the largest and most elaborately detailed cities all over the world. From his survey over this various kind of cities he has made finally very useful, floor-level visualizations for the three-dimensional industry and it is full of uniqueness. This article will throw the light on Greg’s innovative ideas and works.

About Cube Cities: It is the name of the company, given by Greg and it was founded in the year 2010 worked on creating and expanding a floor-level imagination platform which is reflects the transparency in the real estate markets. Before the arriving of Cube Cities it was not possible to fast visualize real estate data in 3D and now it became very effective for the real estate organizations. Cube Cities has changed the slow graphic of the real estate market and has brought a huge amount of interest for the common people.

Reason to be in the real estate modeling industry: Though Cube Cities is a full time and evolved company in real estate industry but before it Greg had worked with a commercial real estate agency in a research capacity that gave him the experience. Working with the real estate agency gave him the experience of the sources of firm and maintaining the data, also provided with the information about the techniques by which generally brokers grasp the data of produce researches to make a good communication in trending markets. Everyone is knowledgeable about the nature of the commercial real estate; it is very competitive field and has so much high-quality challenging data, to overthrow this Greg and his team has a build a method. The method can help users to weight their data and offer them different complementary tools to build their own visualizations. This is a new and developed technology that can create thousands of floor-level building models quickly and help to connect with users and become a useful important 3D mapping technology.

3D modeling is best in the real estate modeling industry: Real estate field is all about the location and views that can leave an effect in the construction process and give the project a well and furnished look. As 3D modeling can highlight each and every detail clearly so by using it modelers can highlight the main parts of their model and give the model a lively look.

Most challenging city model: Greg has designed many famous and big cities all around the world but according to him among them the most challenging and interesting model is Manhattan. This city is full of beauty in structures of every building; this city is consisted with various urban developments that give the city so much thickness that can’t find any other city. SketchUp has detailed the diversity in the buildings and made the iconic skyscrapers which are better than any procreated process. SktechUp is the only solution to create all kind of new and developed cities all over the world.

Things that SketchUp solves in a city model: SketchUp gives its users the ability to use 3D buildings with perfect geometry and high-quality photographic textures in any application. It is not easy to get the right a3erial imagery for building photorealistic models though it allows using the camera kind of features everywhere. A team of SketchUp modelers maintains a good number of photographers in selected cities which help to create high-quality models in any content.

Other extensions used in Cube Cities with SketchUp: Though SketchUp is an all-rounder tool but Greg is using software named Cesium, a mapping partner of SketchUp that emigrates the SketchUp models into it using SketchUp’s glTF export extension. Cesium is used in case of working with many SketchUp models loaded with unique javascript calls and can bear the extra load of 3D Tile Server that improve the loading speed and performance.

Besides this, the Cube Cities’ team has also worked with Matterport; this software that helps to see inside a building and tour for examining the original conditions of a space. Matterport also make the Cube Cities technology a perfect way to join floors or windows of a SketchUp model to virtual tour.

Future plans of Cube Cities: According to Greg, Cube Cities can be used to find indoor location or the location where the floor or partial area of a floor or other can be found. Besides that it can identify the problematic area or part of a building and solve them and provide public safety regulations also. In addition it is said that Greg is very much excited to see the combination and coordination of Cube Cities’ technology with SketchUp, Cesium and different mobile devices. All of them are different from each other but can become a huge versatile platform for the real estate industry.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

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How to resize components in SketchUp

SketchUp is a wonderful modeler for architects and designers and the new version of SketchUp has also come with new features for us. SketchUp 8 is a 3D modeling program that known as Google SketchUp in earlier. This program is also available in a fully useful free version and also the Pro version is available that has more features. This software helps the users in their business that deals regularly with the perfect modeling objects like in the architectural or design fields. Besides creating the users own components, the software also have pre-built models that can be resized as per the needs. Those newly created components could be resized with the Tape Measure tool and the other pre-built components can be altered with the scale tool.

Resizing pre-built components:

1. At first the SketchUp should be launched and then click on “Choose Template” from the Splash screen. The selected template determines the measuring units for the objects and components.
2. Then click “Start using SketchUp” button after selecting a template which can be the match of the required measuring units.
3. Next click on “Window” option form the Menu Bar and click “Components” for viewing the Components window.
4. Select the components for setting the starting point and then click on it for placing it on the main SketchUp screen.
5. Now click on Tools < Dimensions. After that the cursor will be turned in a purple dot that can be moved over the document that wants to resize.
6. After that click on the section of the components for setting the starting point of the dimension and click to place the endpoint. Sketchup will quickly display the dimensions for the selected distance.

7. Next click Tools>Scale from the Menu bar and click the component wished to resize.
8. At last click and drag one of the scaling grips for resizing the component.

Resizing newly created components:

1. At first launch SketchUp and then click on “Choose Template” from the splash screen. The selected template determines the measuring units for the objects and components.
2. Then click “Start using SketchUp” button after selecting the matching template with the required measuring units.
3. Then click on “File”>Open from the menu bar for selecting the resized components.

4. Now select the Tape measure tool from the toolbar and click anywhere for selecting the starting point of measurement.
5. Then move the cursor and select the ending point of the measurement.
6. Next type a new length for the measurement from the Measurement toolbar and press “Enter”.
7. Then only click “Yes” at the prompted time and the component will automatically take the measurement.

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SketchUp Dialog Box – A Complete Tutorial

SketchUp dialogue boxes carry some useful commands and functions that let you navigate your design easily. It has controls with which you can modify the SketchUp setting and customize them as per your use. SketchUp is a simpler 3D designing tool that made the complexity of 3D model simpler. Like other applications, it has come up with essential dial boxes that keep the drawing smooth and straightforward. The content brings inside-out of the dial boxes used commonly by the users.

Preferences: The preference dial box contains everything about the working of SketchUp. You can change the setting to make a comfortable workplace for you. The commands carried by the dial box control the behavior of the application itself rather than the model you are working on. The preference dial box will appear on the Mac version only, and it is not available for the windows version of SketchUp.

SketchUp preferences contain the commands like application, drawing, extensions, general, shortcut and temples. Each one comes up with an array of options to make your designing experience uncomplicated.

For the preference dial box: SketchUp menu > preferences

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Model Info: Model info tool holds all important details of the model you are working on. It shows you everything starting from the animation time to the geo-location. Every command comes up with a set of features that define your model in the best possible way. In the ‘window’ menu, you will get the model info dialog box.

You can set the information the way you like before designing a model. The other options that you would get in this dialog box are – animation, components, credits, dimension, files, texts and more.

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Entity Info: Entity info in SketchUp tells you about the entity of your model as per the selection area. You can get a comprehensive detail about the layers, materials, dimensions and component names of every single entity of your model. Changing material is also easy with this tool. It notifies you about different parts of the model because each part has different structural details. Entity Info dialog box is in the window option.

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Instructor: Instructor dialog box happens to the best guide for the beginners. It clearly shows you the instruction of using a tool you are using presently. It presents every detail about the tool to make you understand how to draw a certain thing. In window menu, you will get the instructor option.

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With the dialog box options, you can easily draw the model as well as enhance the knowledge of different commands used in SketchUp.

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Enscape Rendering for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

Enscape Rendering for SketchUp is a newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. The extension is very useful for Design review, Internal Presentation, Client Presentation, Rapid Render Generation.

Enscape™ refers to a virtual reality (VR) and real-time rendering plugin for SketchUp. You can run it with a simple mouse click and walk through your entire rendered project. You don’t need to upload to cloud or export to other programs. All modifications in SketchUp can be instantly reflected in Enscape.

You can instantly test with various design options and present projects to clients. If the client prefers to view something unique in the design, Enscape will display the modifications made to the project immediately. There is an useful option like ‘create a standalone file of your architectural project’ that facilitates the users to transmit an Enscape file to your clients or colleagues for rapid presentations.

Features: Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin:

– Real-time walk-through
– Live link to SketchUp – The modifications in SketchUp can be directly reflected in Enscape

– Direct Integration – Retain your tools and employ Enscape via the SketchUp toolbar
– Standalone export – Generate an .exe file out of your project that runs devoid of SketchUp
– Effortless usage – Rendering with a simple mouse click
– Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support with one click

Click on the following link to download a 14-days free trial version enscape3d.com

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How to use sketchup to produce a model in Gazebo

Models in Gazebo define a physical entity with dynamic, kinematic, and visual properties.

In addition, a model may have one or more plugins, which affect the behavior of the model.

This sketchup video tutorial provides some useful tips on how to use sketchup to create a model in gazebo and render the scene in vray 3.4.

Model in gazebo describes a physical object that contains dynamic, kinematic, and visual properties. Besides, a model may contain one or more plugins which impact the behavior of the model.

To create the model other plugin & tools like Su4 to component, mirror, 1001 tool are also used.

To have the complete process, go through the following sketchup video tutorial.

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Bezier Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Bezier Triangle Tool is the newest sketchup extension to generate and edit flatten nonrational and rational Bézier triangle surfaces.

This extension is developed by Jacob Samuel and compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These surfaces can be scaled infinitely to facilitate creating more normal and complicated surfaces.

This extension is suitable to design structures without having a notably rectangular structure, and so rectangular patches are not treated as a natural choice for creating models of these complex geometries. They provide themselves simply to patches on spheres or quadrics.

The Bezier Triangle Tool is available in the Draw menu and in the Right Mouse Context Menu as soon as a Bezier triangle is produced or edited apply this tool is chosen.

By selecting Draw->Bezier Triangle, a default rational Bezier triangle will be drawn around the origin and keep you into the editing tool for the newly drawn surface.

Select a current Bezier triangle drawn/edited with this tool and applying Edit Bezier Triangle in the Right Mouse Button context menu will also set off the editing tool for the chosen triangle.

ith the purpose of altering the weight of a non-end control point, hover the cursor over the control point to alter the weight of it so as to highlight it in green, put the new weight required for it, devoid of shifting the cursor away from the control point, and press enter or return to modify the shape of the triangular surface.

With the editing tool, it is also possible to choose either one of the 10 control points or one of the 18 lines of the control grid which are shifted to control the Bezier triangle as per your requirements.

Inferencing is also possible when the chosen point is shifted together with inference locking with the Shift key. If the Esc key is pressed throughout a move, the surface will reset to the way it was prior to the move initiated.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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Learn the process for watermark rendering in sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series.

In this video, Aaron walks you through the method for adding his own watermarks and producing mock rendering quickly within sketchup with few tools devoid of applying any third party rendering software.

In the video, Aaron shows in detail how to visualize a log cabin with more realistic setting. Aaron explores some options with his render styles particularly watermarks. In styles window, the watermarks are located on the second to last tab.

Watermarks can be used to mark your render with a logo or name, so that others find it difficult to copy the image or identify who has created it.

Watch the following sketchup video tutorial to learn the complete process.

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ArchiWIZARD – The newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse

ArchiWIZARD is a useful extension for sketchup. It supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension can be used to smoothly transmit a project to ArchiWIZARD for producing real-time building energy performance, solar potential and lighting analysis.

With this extension, ArchiWIZARD users will be able to coordinate their model(project) directly from sketchup.

This real-time 3D analysis software is founded on BIM model and directly associated with the architectural CAD solutions on Mac and PC.

ArchiWIZARD offers perfect thermal, light, solar gains and shadows analysis, renewable energy simulation (photovoltaic & thermal solar systems).

EnergyPlus building energy simulation engine (STD) is implanted in this extension to combine even more precise building performance analysis with the advanced practicability of ArchiWIZARD user interface and interoperability capabilities.

ArchiWIZARD notifies you about the consequence and performance of your architectural and technical choices concerning energy performance, thermal and visual comfort, and bioclimatic quality out of the sketch intended for new constructions and refurbishment.

It comprises of various building elements libraries and user-friendly configuration, results visualization and reports production tools.

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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.

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How to Make Quick 3D Models From AutoCAD to SketchUp

One of the main advantages of using SketchUP is the ability to produce very fast 3D massings for the recommended site. This enables the understanding of how the space works in 3Rd dimension. Very often it’s tough for designers and clients alike to understand the relation of the ground plane and how they inform one another.

The great advantage to use SketchUp Pro is the ability to import DWG files from CAD programs, using the line that has drafted in AutoCAD to build the model. After simply importing the DWG lines and making them surfaces, it will be easier to build a model in just a few minutes.

  1. Drafting in AutoCAD: First, the easiest step is drafting in CAD. Whether it is traced from hand drawn lines or drafted on specific detail level, it is need to make sure that the lines are connected properly. SketchUP is fussy, in that if there is a break in the lines, it will not want to make it a surface. After making a clean drawing, it must be saved as a DWG.
  2. Importing Into SketchUp: Next go to file>import in Sketchup. Only SketchUp Pro users can import DWGs, but SketchUp Make users are able to import JPGs. At first export lines from AutoCAD as a PDF, then convert them to a JPG. Then the file can be imported into SketchUp. From there it will be easy to trace the lines using drawing tools in SketchUp. This takes more time, but it can be effective. For SketchUp Pro users make sure in the import screen to click “options” and then match the SketchUp units with AutoCAD units.
  1. Proofing and Making Surfaces: Go to window>model info>statistics, then “purge unused” as well as “fix problems”.

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