Sustainable Office Designer (SOD) – The newest sketchup extension

Ice Huli has developed Sustainable Office Designer (SOD). This sketchup extension supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. It is very useful for low-rise steel composite buildings to create optimized primary structural design automatically on the basis of volumetric architecture design models.

The users have to install Windows.Net.4.6.1 to run the extension. Click on the following link to install it.

To get more information, click on the following link.

Watch the following online demonstration.


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How to apply camera key maker to produce smooth animation

This sketchup video tutorial shows in detail how to use camera key maker plugin to move camera along path in sketchup to facilitate easy animation.

The users can produce smooth animation on the basis of a camera path (Bezier Spline). Camera keys can be easily edited and saved inside the drawing. Edit camera key mode is accessible only (top – right – left – front ) view.

To download the plugin, click on the following link

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

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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 create 3D walkthrough animation of a building in real time virtual environment with sketchup & Kubity

The concept of virtual Reality is gaining popularity among the architects & real estate developers worldwide. The most challenging part in design-headed industries, is to satisfy clients concerning an idea, that mostly gets presented in 2D plans and 3D impressions.

Virtual Reality can obtain the full gamut where clients acquire a real-time view of scale and scope of a proposal. Any prospective errors can also be detected at an initial phase for rectification. The clients can evidently observe the portions of the design liked or disliked by them.

This sketchup video tutorial briefly demonstrates how a 2D floor plan is transformed into a 3D model with the use of Sketchup. The video also presents a walkthrough animation along with a preview of the building in a real time virtual environment through Kubity app.

Kubity is a powerful app to distribute 3D models in Augmented and Virtual reality. Kubity can easily convert .skp files and after that models are viewed with additional features like AR/VR and cinematic fly-through tour or distributed through a mobile to any person and any location.

Visualize, explore and show your 3D models on desktop, web, and on-the-go with iPhone, iPad and Android gadgets.

Rapidly allocate with anyone over text, social media, or device-to-device by scanning the QR code with your mobile or tablet. The models can be available anywhere devoid of a network connection.

Get your models in 1:1 scale virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Superimpose a model in a real world surrounding with the camera of your phone or tablet.

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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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BoolTool 2 Has Been Launched for SketchUp Make and Pro

BoolTool plugin of SketchUp allows designers to add nuanced detail to the design as accurately as they expect. Performing some Boolean operations are tough for SketchUp even with the Solid Tools. This is why SketchUp releases this new BoolTool extension to design precision models.

Since Boolean operations need high-precision 3D details, internal SketchUp Geometry engine struggles to define the function as exactly as required. This leads SolidTool users to opt for the Copy and scaled-up workflow to make their solid Tool operation error free. The limitations of SolidTool have also been eliminated by the use BoolTool for SketchUp.

For accessing complete benefits of BoolTool, you need to purchase the plugin. Otherwise, you can witness the Boolean operation but cannot make any object with it.

Features of BoolTool2 are as follows:

  • This application is for SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro.
    • It works on small, complex object in your 3D modeling.
    • It does not create a new object; rather it modifies the existing one.
    • Maintains the layers and names of the first object it works on.
  • It performs functions like union, difference, intersection, trim and split.
    • It comes up with a new single object creation tool.
    • It delivers solid 3D printable object in every case.

This first and user-friendly extension of SketchUp makes the 3D design even more interesting and simplified. It offers an understandable environment where you can enjoy your design the way you want. Along with some essential features, this application will prove beneficial to work on more complex objects that even the internal SketchUp geometry found hard to solve.

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How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

This is an excellent video tutorial for sketchup vray users. The tutorial briefly explains how to use v-ray 3.4 in sketchup 2017 along with photoshop to perform interior rendering of a bedroom.

The rendering is done through v-ray asset editor. The V-Ray Asset Editor contains four different tabs ranging from Material Editor, Light Editor, Geometry Editor, and Render Settings Tab. These can be utilized for controlling V-Ray assets and settings.

Asset Editor Button is available in V-ray Toolbar. One can also avail it from Extensions > V-Ray > V-Ray Render and Options > Asset Editor.
Material Editor tab provides information and manages all the materials in the sketchup scene.

Light Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information and manages all the lights in the sketchup scene.

Geometry Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information on v-ray geometry assets in the sketchup scene.

V-Ray Render Settings tab provides controls for the V-Ray renderer.

Watch the online demonstration.

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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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Refresh the greenery in the Renders with this Free Library of plants for SketchUp

SketchUp always helps its users to modify their models with new and amazing features. They have launched a new library of plants in their tool to make the models more green and lively. Here are some details about the new thing.

To make the shrubs and digital flora better than before and to find a solution of the perennial render problems, a list of the most realistic plants optimized for SkecthUp has released. With the help of a botanist One Community has released this. This is an open source software website. The archive includes everything from palm trees to an array of water and bog plants, bamboo shots and many more. And it is free also.

It is hard to find good plants in render and it is known by the users also. As like the render people, the plants have to be the perfect combination of understand and appropriate, without stealing focus from the project. The team at OneCommunity and botanist have gathered 500 plants from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse and also created a list of the most realistic and effective plants for renders. The botanist also created best few dozen plant files also those are close relatives to each other.

There are some links to download the files and there is an instructional video also for the beginners. The site also offers trees from a wide spectrum of climates and locations to best accommodate projects with challenging topography and climates. The files come a variety of 2D and 3D options – particularly useful for the architects working on animations and large scale landscapes.

In the tutorial video it is shown where the plants can be downloaded. Go to SketchUp OneCommunity site and type On that page there are the links from where the plants can be downloaded.

There is given an example how to use the plants, download the plants, fix them on the mole, rotate them etc. The tutorial has shown the each and every process in detail. So it will be easy for the beginners also to understand the project.

Refresh the greenery in the Renders with this Free Library of plants for SketchUp

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