Using Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp

The Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp is used in SketchUp to scale or measure between the points and also it is useful to create construction lines. This construction lines are work as referral geometry in SketchUp. Users can also re-size any group or the whole model by using this Tape Measure Tool. In SketchUp, along with Tape Measure Tool, the Protractor tool and the Measurements box are allowed to model accurately different things, those are:

a. Tape Measure Tool is used to scale a distance and fix exact guide lines or points.
b. The Protocol Tool can use to scale angles and fix an exact angled guide line.
c. The Measurements box waits to accept an exact value after using any kind of tool.

Under the Tape Measure Tool the things can find are:

a. Getting Started Toolbar
b. Construction Toolbar
c. Large Tool Set Toolbar
d. Tools menu on the menu bar
e. Tools palette


About Fred Bartels and his creation

Fred Bartels is an educator, builder, artist, maker and a very old member of the SketchUp community. He became inspired by Seymour Papert and many other education visionaries and hope that the future of SketchUp in the classroom of SketchUp. Bartels has introduced SketchUp to his students Seventeen years ago and from that time he continuously trying to create some variations in the classes of SketchUp from its normal class studies and also Bartels hope that other educators will realize this soon and follow the same.

In this article we will go through the idea of Bartels in encouraging students for a better study with some new techniques. As Fred has been with SketchUp for a long time, he can describe his creations better way through SketchUp.

Fred’s 3D modeling story: Fred Bartels had a great interest in art and architecture and had done some photography courses in high school but could not pursue it in future as a profession. He generally produced art in a summarized way and loved to work with the house designs and often made outlet for his designed ideas. He started to teach in the computer programming classes when the computer and 3D design tools became available in most of the schools and taught about many programs and software. But all were not much good for the students still he found SketchUp at MacWorld 2002 and loved it. From then he has been providing lessons and IT supports to the students of K-12 schools.

Special things about SketchUp: According to Fred, SketchUp is a vast and most useful tool even in schools as it has various option that help the students to stay focused more on the designs and knowledge not using the tool only. Besides this, Fred tried to do much more things than only designing in computer graphics, SKetchUp can be used in math, science, history and language classes for better understanding. Students loved the idea and some of them tried to make some innovative work; such as Andrew Nathanson who had made a unique design work and had been invited to the SketchUp Basecamp 2008. There he got a chance to represent his design and also shared the method of using SketchUp in K-12 environment in schools.

The relationship between technology and education progress: According to Fred, he and other educators have a wish that computers will provides a rich ranged world for the students where they could both play and experiment over things and can get loads of information. It will be done in a way that would give them abbreviate concept and keep them interested and focused.

A great supporter of this idea was MIT’s Seymour Papert; he had thinking that computers can be used in education as in books like Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas and The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer Reprint Edition. SketchUp is just like that and with the 3D Warehouse students could get an available way for sharing their designs and get feedbacks on them. In schools or educational institutions, computer is generally used as an information presentation tool for providing only some information; though it is not enough as there are more things than normal information. It is good news that there are some new software like Maker Movement, Sketchup etc. that are providing various additional roles in teaching and learning.

Fred’s new models for students: Fred has a keen interest in art and architecture and has examined many building and design ideas, shared them in 3D Warehouse. After quitting his teaching he took a number of courses at Yestermorrow; which is a design or build school in Vermont and became capable to do some more creative works. He got appreciation for his works that he had shared in 3D Warehouse or SketchUcation that motivated him to do more experiments. Later he worked over 3D printing and made some small sculptures designed in SketchUp and programmable using LEDs controlled with Arduino microcontrollers etc.

Besides SketchUp, he also shared his designs in another site named Thingiverse and has some other ideas about making larger designs for future, SketchUp’s role in designs of Fred: After discovering SketchUp, Fred found to work with his ideas and designs in a vast and better platform that also provide him to explore the designs and make creative works on them. SketchUp has now become a part of his work as it is ever growing software that provides new things every time.

Other extensions: He used the extension named Artisan for any kind of work and in addition with that Profile Builder, Solid Inspector 2, Align 2 and Export STL.

Fred is happy with SketchUp and has been using for the past 15 years and expect to explore more sides of his designing skill and also hope that SktechUp will play more active role in education system and will provide a great supportive, powerful and unique microworld to develop and explore 3D design ideas.

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nz_IntelligentStairs – The newest sketchup pluign

Natale Zappia has developed nz_IntelligentStairs, the newest sketchup extension that is available in extension warehouse.

This plugin supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018. This plugin is very suitable for architecture, construction and other industries.

The plugin can be used to deal with the time consuming and complicated calculations undertaken by the architects because they lay out to combine design intent and code requirements and offer you with the basis for a legal staircase.

The plugin offers nz_IntelligentStair with an hint of intent and nz_IntelligentStairs will dynamically define the optimal staircase solution.

The solution abides by code restrictions and attains a riser and tread dimension as near as possible your stipulated intentions.

nz_InelligentStairs looks after the base calculation and offers you with an adjustable and flexible settlement of components which do not confine your creativity.

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

To download the extension and gather more information about it’s properties, go through the following link.

nz_IntelligentStairs – The newest sketchup pluign

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Angular Dimension in SketchUp

SketchUp stores the most needed application to design some serious works. SketchUp users often face difficulties in inserting an angle correctly to the design. Angular dimension helps you measure the right angle. This content brings out the easiest way to put an angle with maintaining accuracy. The easy yet effective tool in SketchUp maps everything related to an angle dimension for you. Steve Baumgartner introduced Angular Dimensions for SketchUp users with adding essential aspects needed for adding the right angle to your design. The content deals with tips to add inner and outer angular dimensions to your design. It also discusses a few questions regarding this tool.

Angular dimension:

It is an extension that you need to install first. As the name said, it defines angles of your model. To activate the extension, choose the option angular dimension from the tools menu.

Angular dimension in 3D design comes up with an array of complexities. Steve tried his best to eliminate existing problems and offered an understandable approach that helps you know inner and outer dimensions.

To draw an angle, you need to choose three points in your design – the first end, the end point and the second end. The angular dimension shoes you the angle of your chosen area with a leader text. For toggling between inner and outer dimensions, use TAB button.

Generally queries related to SketchUp Angular dimension tools:

Many users complain that SketchUp Angular dimension tool is missing. They must understand that it is not a built-in tool and they have to install the plugin to use. For this, please check

This tool comes under the features of marking dimensions in SketchUp. Whenever you need to mark a distance and angle in your model, linear dimension and angular dimension prove to be very useful.

A guide to create an Angular Dimensions:

It follows a few steps to design an angle. Details are mentioned below:

1. When the tool is in active, click a point that makes an angle. On hovering the cursor over the line, you will find On Line or On Point interference. A dash blue line will appear when you click the point.
2. Click the angle’s vertex to create a one-half of the angle. See Callout 1.
3. Click the point that creates the other half of the angle.
4. On moving the cursor to the angle’s vertex, a blue dash line will appear. When the line crosses the first line, a hollow point is created that defines angle’s vertex. Callout 2.

5. Click the angle vertex to create an angular dimension.
6. Move the cursor from the vertex area to the direction of the angle you measure.
7. Click to measure the angular dimension. Callout 3.

The information above helps you know how to measure angular dimension of your SketchUp design. it needs your creative part of your designing.

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Curic Sun – The newest sketchup plugin

Curic Sun is the newest sketchup extension that is available in extension warehouse. It is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Other.

The plugin is ideal for architectural projects. It has similarity with ecotect in sketchup.

The plugin is used to generate solar chart.

To download the plugin from extension warehouse, click on the following link

Curic Sun – The newest sketchup plugin

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SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

This is an exclusive online sketchup course you will be experienced with SketchUp by gathering good knowledge on the drawing, design, and rendering tools available in 2018 version of this powerful software.

George Maestri, a renowned animation industry professional having broad experience as a writer, director and producer, will conduct the course and provide training on navigating the interface, managing objects, drawing in 2D and 3D space, leveraging organizational tools, and dealing with materials and textures on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Besides, gather knowledge on how to perform with recyclable components along with third-party objects from the 3D Warehouse and employ simple styles and animation to transform your 3D projects more polished and presentable.

Topics covered:

a. avigating the interface for Mac and Windows
b. Configuring toolbars and tray windows
c. Choosing and moving objects
d. Drawing lines and shapes
e. Formation of 3D text
f. Computing and labeling objects
g. Applying organizational tools
h. Dealing with components
i. Generating and using materials
j. Animating and rendering your drawings

For more information on the course, go through the following link

SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

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Always Use Proxy Components in SketchUp for Faster Rendering

Rendering is always a time-taking task, no matter what application you use. SketchUp offers some easiest solutions that not only make your design better than others but also speed up your modeling process. Proxy components are such time-saver feature that allows you to work faster on your model and get a picture realistic rendering.

Proxy component, in SketchUp term, is used to replace objects with high-poly counts so that you can avoid the delay to complete the rendering. Saving time in rendering will let you focus on other designing detail of your SketchUp.

You can use both low-poly and high-poly count in Proxy component as per your requirement. Creating models and setting their views will preferably be done with the low poly version. The high-poly count is used for the rendering that maintains the quality of the picture. Current components of your model get the required replacement with this feature. You can use the same name for replacing your current component with low poly and high poly geometry. You can also create a new component with a different name that has high-poly layer in the original form and low poly geometry in low poly layer.

How to create a Proxy component: Creating a proxy component follows simple steps. Right a click on the component you want to replace and choose Create Lo-Poly Proxy Component from RP Tools submenu. You need to select the options you want for your model and click ‘OK’.

After clicking Create Lo-Poly Proxy Component option, you will get a dialogue box containing all essential details that you need to choose.

These are:

• Replace existing component
• Create component with new name
• Criss-cross images
• Wireframe Bock

Criss-cross proxy object can be restored to the previous position with choosing restore component from Lo-Poly proxy.

Terms that you need to know:

• Criss-cross images – As the name says, your model will appear in crisss-cross look for thumbnail image.
• Block with images – it blocks the images of the original component.
• Wire Frame Block – wire frame blocks will replace the components you select.

Layers after conversion:

• Low-Poly On – component with low poly geometry will be displayed.
• Hi-Poly On – the original component and geometry will be displayed.
• Both on – both layers are turned on in your model.

Proxy components solve the most complex problem while designing on SketchUp. Rendering always takes times and it slows the system. With this feature, you can easily avoid the issue and make your rendering better and faster.

Here is also a link of a video tutorial that will guide you on how you can create proxy components.

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nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Gradients&Driveways. It is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning etc.

The plugin is used to define the necessary gradients & transition zones toward your driveways & vehicular access ramps. This extensions help in computing or transforming gradients into falls (1/distance), % grades or .deg. Visually calculate as well as label a grade among any two points.


Facilitates the users to set global requirements in compliance with your Local Authorities
Indicate Local Authorities and Legal Requirements.

Personalize/Override/Elaborate on the CODE settings to meet your specific needs.

This tool can be applied to draw a ramp to the maximum permissible grade.

If the grade surpasses the permissible grade then the tool will automatically compute and draw an appropriate ramp with the necessary transition zones, with reference to CODE and USER settings. Under this situation, it will also relate priorities the Drop(RL) or the Length with regard to your optional preference.

To get more information on this plugin, go through the following link

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

 nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension
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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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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.

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