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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Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control – The newest sketchup plugin

Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control that is available in extension warehouse. This sketchup plugin is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin can be utilized to promptly conceal the layer of the nominated entities or display all layer in the active drawing context with a simple mouse click.

The plugin will save your significant time and allows you to model with fewer distractions. With this plugin, you don’t require to search for a particular layer manually and click it with the mouse.

To get rid of disarranging the view with layers, no need to show there exist third function rather re-hides all layers which were just revealed, excluding those related to the nominated entities.

With shortcuts, all these actions are accomplished rapidly. Point the shortcuts to Extensions > Eneroth Swift Visibility Control > < Action Name>. Apply Ctrl+L to conceal layers, Shift+L to display layers and Ctrl+Shift+L to re-hide layers.

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

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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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Getting started in SketchUp

Everyone who is new to SketchUp, this article will help them to warm up their 3D modeling skills. Here you can find an overview of how to select a template, move around the SketchUp interface, create a basic model, and to save them.

After starting the SketchUp, the Welcome to SketchUp dialog box will appear. This box is the starting point for creating any model. This dialog box will appear every time after opening the SketchUP, unless one deselects the “Always show on startup check box. If you want to see the dialog box again, go to the Help menu and select “Welcome to SketchUp”. In the dialog box, one can choose template for the models, license a copy of the SketchUp Pro and also learn more about SketchUp.

With The following contents of SketchUp you will be able to know about the working on SketchUp:-

Selecting a template-Every model in SketchUp is based on a template that predefined settings for the model’s background and its units of measurements. You can select a template by following the process:

  1. At the top of the dialog box you can find the name of the currently selected template. To change the template click on the “Choose Template button” , or click the arrow next to the Template tab. Then you can select any template you like.
    2. Click the “Start using SketchUp” button, after it opens it is ready to start 3D modeling.

Exploring the SketchUp interface- when you want to create your 3D model, you can see a screen that includes the following:

  1. Title bar
    2. Menu bar
    3. Getting Started toolbar
    4. Drawing area
    5. Status bar
    6. Measurements box
    7. Window resize handle

Learning how to use SketchUp tools- As you use it the instructor and the status bar give you pointers on using each tool. If you want more detail see the Status bar.

Viewing the SketchUp Quick Reference Card- It is an easy-to-print guide to all the tools and their modifier keys. You can learn more quickly and efficiently.

Creating the first 3D model in SketchUp –Following steps will help you to create a 3D model first time, you can find them in Getting started toolbar;

  1. Select the person, context-click selection, and select Erase.
    2. Select the Rectangle Tool.
    3. On the ground plane, in the space between the red and green axis, click the Rectangle tool cursor.
    4. Then select the Push/Pull tool and place over the rectangle.
    5. Click and drag the rectangle in 3D shape.
    6. Then simply type ‘6’ and press Enter.
    7. Select the Orbit tool. Place it above the created shape.
    8. Click the Zoom Extents button.
    9. Click Paint Bucket Tool.
    10. Select Colors from the appeared Materials box from drop down menu.
    11. Select Sketchy Edges or Simple Style option to modify.

Saving and reopening model – Select File>Save/Save As. Choose a place to save. Write the File name and save with .SKP

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Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017

SketchUp is evolving with time to meet the ever-changing requirements of the promising designers. With launching new features and tools, it has made an indisputable place among the existing applications. With a promise to offer a better accessing point and interface, it changes its inner complications to make the application user-friendly. In 2017, SketchUp has launched new software –SketchUp 2017 Checkup – to meet the growing queries of designers in respect to the SketchUp compatibility on windows. This software allows SketchUp followers to know whether their computer system is suitable for SketchUp designing or not. It finds out the reasons why SketchUp is not working on a system so that you take necessary steps to solve them. This application also creates a file which can be decoded by the support team of SketchUp in order to help the users with providing the needed solutions.

CheckUp Running: You need to install the application first to run the checkup on your system. Choose the ‘Run SketchUp2017 CheckUp’ as the last option while installing it. However, you can run the Checkup application anytime with selecting desktop icon button at the time of installation. Once the installation process completes, choose run Checkup button. The result box would appear on the completion of the process that lets you know what factors make problems for SketchUp in your system.

Decode the result:

Success: CheckUp application shows ‘Success’ for every successful test. This means the computer has no issue related to the test the application passes.

  1. Error: ‘Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card’
    If Checkup shows such message, this means you need upgrade graphic card driver of your system. It accelerates your graphic card and makes your system compatible with the SketchUp design.
  2. Error: ‘Your graphics card’s OpenGL version is 2.1(changes as per the version). SketchUp requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or better.’
    SketchUp 2017 does not work on the computer having lower than 3.0 versions. To get rid of this issue, upgrade your graphics card driver is the ultimate solution you have as updating drive upgrades OpenGL 3.0 version as well.
  3. Error: ‘Tests that exercise your graphics card’s capabilities have failed.’
    Your graphic cards need to be capable enough to support every task of SketchUp 2017. It must support the rendering function which is needed to display SketchUp models. Checkup application tests compilation of SketchUp GLSL shaders and support of OpenGL framework. If your system has a compilation error in the mentioned checks, then you should think to update your graphics card drive
  4. Error: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp requires 2GB or more of system RAM’
    For having a smooth performance of SketchUp, you must have 2GB or above RAM for your system. Though, SketchUp can run on the system having RAM lower than that. In this case, the application reduces the performance level significantly.
  5. Error: ‘Your operating system does not meet the minimum operating system requirement. SketchUp requires Windows 7 or higher.’
    For SketchUp, you need windows 7 64 bit or higher version. SketchUp 2017 does not permit you to install it on the lower version of operating system.
  6. Error: ‘Graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp requires a graphics card that has 256 MB or more of memory.’
    SketchUp needs 256MB or above graphic card memory for giving you a smooth way of performing SketchUp.
  7. Error: ‘System RAM or Windows Version or Graphics Card Memory is missing.’
    Checkup application shows the above error in case it does not find the proper information it is looking for. Update your graphics card driver to improve the performance.

Warnings: The warning message is given when Checkup passes the test but detects a warning condition. In such a circumstance, SketchUp would run on your system, but the performance would be not as efficient as it generally is. Warning message alerts you to take the needed action to improve the workability of the designing tool.

  1. Warning: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp recommends 4GB or more of system RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp needs 4GB or above RAM for a ceaseless performance. Lower RAM may allow you install the application, but its performance will be reduced.
  2. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp recommends that your graphics card has 1024 MB or more of RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp requires 1024MB graphics card RAM. If your system has one lower than mentioned limit, it informs you to upgrade it.
  3. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a depth buffer that is less than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit or more depth buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    The message is given in a clear way for your understanding, and it also presents what you should do to avert the problem.
  4. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a color buffer other than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit color buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    You may face display issue if you have a color buffer lower than 24 bits. Upgrading of which solves the problem.
  5. Warning: ‘Your graphics card does not support stencil bits. Shadows may display incorrectly on your current configuration.’
    Graphic cards with stencil bits are best to get a proper shadow in your SketchUp designs. If you find incorrect shadow that means you need to add stencil bits for designing purpose.
  6. Warning: ‘SketchUp has detected you are using () when your system is capable of using an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card () .SketchUp will likely perform better if you change your system to use the AMD/NVIDIA card.’
    A multiple GPU system needs AMD/NVIDIA card to run SketchUp application.
  7. Warning: ‘System Ram or Graphics Card Memory or Depth buffer or Color buffer or Stencil buffer information is missing.’
    This message is being shown when the above-mentioned conditions (missing of Depth buffer, Color buffer and Stencil buffer) happen. Take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

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How to install Plugins in SketchUp

This is guidance for everyone who has just begun to explore to vast world of plugins and new to SketchUp. You all can find every possible method for installing plugins in SketchUP. It is trouble free and easy. It is also familiar for the BEGGINER users who use various apps and dig about their computer innards.

There are some of our much known communities driven, like Plugin Index, Didier Bur’s Ruby Depot or Smustard; you can choose one from them. But installing these for the first time it can be little tricky for new users and sometimes it can be frustrating when the things are not clear from the outset.

  1. Installing RBZ files in SketchUp: After the release of SketchUp 8 M2 the clever folks at SketchUp introduce a new file format (.rbz) which made installing plugins a one click operation so that you can install plugins from within SketchUp itself.

Click the Window menu and select Preferences to display a dialog box. Then select Extensionsfrom the sidebar lists to active and inactive plugins currently installed. Then click Install Extension to navigate to the .rbz downloaded file. A warning dialog will ask to confirm to install this plugin and make changes your file system. Click Yes and the installation will be successful.

  1. Installing RB files in SketchUp:The.rbformat is a simple text file written in the ruby language that is saved as a ruby file. These can come in varying complexity. Some are in simple single file that will add a menu item. While others contain folders with multiple files in zipped format that may add toolbar and all sort of goodies. Whether it is about PC or Mac users first they have to select the location of SketchUp Plugins folder.

Mac users need to know that it is a common misconception that the plugins folder is located with the SketchUp package.

With our plugins folder installing any plugin is a simple drag and drop procedure from your default browser download folder location to the SketchUp Plugins folder. If SketchUp is already running just restart it to appear of plugin.

Please follow the link for further details:

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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.

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.

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

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Yulio launches SketchUp plugin

It is a brief description about the Yuilo Technologies’ newly launched SketchUp plugin that will change the view of the designers and develop their designs.

Yulio Technologies has announced the launch of its new Sketchup plugin, a tool developed to enable SketchUp users the ability to instantly create detailed and immersive virtual reality experiences (VREs) from their designs. These can then be shared with clients or remote collaborators.

According to Yuilo’s managing director, Robert Kendal Yulio’s goal has always been fully democratize the use of VR within A&D and put tools to create VR experienced in every designer’s hand. While developing the SketchUp plugin, they worked incredibly hard to develop a tool that’s 100% accessible to every user s and designer’s transition their work from 2D renders in CAD to VR ready files seamlessly and lightening fast.

It is also said that designers are utilizing the communication ability with clients via virtual reality mediums that begun to grow steadily in popularity as they could give clients a better experienced design than before.

According to Yulio, there are a few tools that can create VREs from SketchUp renders, but it is also said that the entry level costs for these plugins can be up to $600-$2000 for enterprise licenses.

But there is a news also that the downloading of it is free of cost for all Yulio users. The company also said that it was designed to be fast and it will provide greater realism than the previous VR realism while viewing the designs.

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Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins by E-on Software

E-on Software is one of the leading development companies renowned globally. Lauded with many successful ventures in the field of creation, animation, rendering, integration of natural 3D environments, VFX, architecture, and gaming industry, it made a strong foothold in the minds of designers and artists with their sheer creations and sharp edges of designs. Surprising everyone’s with their offering, E-on Software announced that it pre-releases Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory plugins for its members.

The company also announced that it will discontinue the developments of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory in 2018 for introducing a better user interface and customer experience on flagship solutions – VUE and PlantFactory.

The new releases, like before, come up with new changes that provide users with an improvement in 3D designing. The company also announced that those who have a valid maintenance plan for Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory Ozone will get the pre-releases for free in coming days.

Carbon Scatter: This software has made design easier with adding nuanced details to your design that makes it even more interesting to explore. This proves to be very handy for those who love to add original detailing to their application. With a wide variety of options, you can create wind-swept forests and animated crowd in no time. Above all, you can render them directly in 3D Max, Maya and Cinema 4D.

Features offered by Carbon Scatter:

  • Get millions of instances instantly.
    • Render with any rendering option you have.
    • Use huge plantFactory models and change them with Plant Editor.
    • Animate instances such as adding wind in plants.
    • Customize placement, height and size with bitmaps or procedural gaps

Besides the above-mentioned features, the software comes up with an array of benefits that not only make your drawing attractive but also real for viewers.

The new release of Carbon Scatter has come up with more advanced looks of existing features. The advancement in the areas like:

  • Global EcoSystem layers work as EcoPainter Brushes.
    • PlantFactory and VUE vegetation models are now directly available in Carbon Scatter EcoSystem populations.
    • Higher performance with up to 4xlighter data footprint with quicker loading/saving of scenes.

CloudFactory Ozone: This plugin for 2017 help you design and render realistic skies and atmosphere with high accuracy. This tool is infused with cutting-edge technologies designed by ace developers of E-on software. These plugins add accuracy in your detailing and make your design more realistic than before. It mimics the natural environment and acts as per nature’s rule.

With this, you earn as many as 100 preset atmosphere and cloud shapes that allow you to carve your design as per your dreams. With five atmospheric models (photometric, spectral, volumetric, standard and environmental mapping), it is successful in offering realistic environment to your designs What you get in CloudFactory Ozone 2017:

As revealed by E-on software in their official press release, you get benefits like:

  • Auto-scale clouds with altitude
    • Easily load/add cloud layers using a single button
    • Optional automatic sun softness computation, based on atmosphere parameters
    • “Improve Low Quality Consistency” parameter to better preview your atmosphere looks while rendering at a lower resolution

The above-mentioned information is written as per the news released by E-on software itself. For more details about pricing and availability of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone, visit

E-on software is a leading digital company and has been creatively associated with many famous feature films like Strange,” “Kubo and the 2 Strings,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Minions,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Croods,” “Dragons 1&2,” “Hunger Games and more.

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10 Awesome SketchUp Plugins to improve Modeling Game

It is another simple description about the SketchUp plugins, where we find 10 different SketchUp plugins, its designing process in GIFs that are in the following link:

The following SketchUp plugins are used in various processes and created by experts to make the SketchUp tool more attractive and helpful for architects and designers. They can now use Google locations also to create an appropriate design, the view, basic points and finishing would be easier.

After the successful 6th edition in 2007, SketchUp has become one of the world’s most widely used 3D modeling software products. This success was possible for its intuitive toolbar, interdisciplinary use within the creative industry and for a free version that doesn’t use watermarks. Its open source library helped the software provide a wide range of 3D objects, while hundred of users developed their own plugins not only to solve the problems of each version but also to exploit the potential of their tools.

This article is about the 10 new and really useful SketchUp plugins that will make any design much better than before. Follow the link for the GIFs:

  1. Multiple Offsets v4: This plugin creates multiple offsets of selected surfaces in a model. And it is created by Sam D Mitch.
    2. Angular Dimension: It seems very basic and simple and this wasn’t included with SketchUp, but this was actually done by someone who took the time to program a plugin to fix it. It allows drawing angles and calculating on the surface of a volume. It is developed by SLBaumgartner.
  2. Chain alongPath: It is created by 3dalbertsoft, helps to create a helical turbine by selecting a curve and a predefined shape in SketchUp. From a dialog window numerous parameters can be chosen to create the final shape. It is quite useful to define seams, seals, springs, tensioners and cables.
    4. LSS Matrix: It is created by Kirill B and it is used to create a sequence of chained components by simply updating the parent block.
    5. Quad Face Tool: It is created by ThomThom, and it solves one of SketchUp’s major shortcomings that are its trouble working with non-flat surfaces. With this tool it is easy to create figures with continuous edges as topographies, or give a much more real surface to a helmet that was originally reticulated.
  1. Location: This useful tool helps to choose the satellite image of the place where the project is going to end up by entering an exact address in Google Maps. Then, with a click, it is easy to replicate the actual topography of that location.
    7. Sketchy FFD: It is created by CPhillips and it helps to create an invisible control cage around an object. Actually it is a mesh defined by a series of points in its vertices and edges that helps to manipulate the dimensions of a selected object.
    8. Components: It is created by Chris Fullmer, and it allows replicating a component onto a surface. It is highly recommended for designing parameterized facades.
    9. Camer Tools: It is also created by ThomThom, and it offers a series of new cameras for projects’ animations.
    10. Curviloft: It is created by Fred06, and generates parameterized volumes when a series of curves on a 3D model is selected. After creating, it offers nine different possibilities, including the possibility to redefine its final thickness. It is very useful for designing furniture.

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