Features of Sandbox Bonus Tools 2.0.2

The Sandbox Bonus Tools is developed by Cadman to include the functionality of the Sandbox tools. It simplifies the process for working with terrain all through the design stage.

This newest extension is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

The Project Mesh tool shows a regular surface grid onto a selection. The new surface grid belongs to a quad face mesh and is well matched with quad face tools. Choose the surface or objects upon which a grid mesh should be arranged.

1. Provide the size required for each square of the mesh grid. Put a negative number (except units) to subdivide the extents of the grid by that number.

2. Indicate the direction, the mesh is required to be projected onto (Top, Bottom, Front, Back, Left, Right).

3. Provide a number for a shard factor.

Since a grid is draped over an unequal shape, the length of each triangle is expanded greater than the base square size indicated in step #1. With more stretch the projection surface or objects become steeper. The shard factor specifies a multiplier of the base square size away from which the triangle will be removed from the draped grid. The default is 0 (no triangle should be removed despite of edge length). A number of 2.5 is a standard limit for steep slopes. For most landscape drapes, depart the shard factor at the default of 0.

The Foam Core tool performs sequential push pull operations upward on selected faces, increasing each following push-pull with the user specified increment distance.

When a negative number is provided, the tool will push the contour surfaces (levels) downward. This tool forms a ‘layer cake’ version of terrain out of contour surfaces.

The Hoola Hoop tool forms Contours around a selection set of surfaces and objects. Choose the objects or surface, then

1. Put the type of contouring to be executed: either Interval or Number. Interval belongs to the contour interval. Number sets the total number of contour lines to produce equally across the entire depth of the surface or objects.

To get more details or purchase the extension, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

2. Put a Value. For Interval put a distance, for Number put the total number of contours required.

The Drop Downward tool places (drops) every item of a selection of groups and components downward in the blue direction onto the model. Choose the objects to drop downward. All through the drop, the elected objects will not drop onto one another. The objects will land on the first part of the model they run into.

The Set to Elevation tool shifts all objects in a selection to a symmetrical elevation. Choose the objects to shift. Then provide the elevation value to where it is required to shift them.

Features of Sandbox Bonus Tools 2.0.2

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Demonstration of curic section view

This sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of Curic Section Veiw, an exclusive sketchup plugin.

Curic Section View can be applied to check views and observe everything in the model. Besides, it can automatically locate and manage section planes in the model to instantly interchange to next or previous.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp Version: SketchUp 17, SketchUp 18, SketchUp 19 as well as Windows and Mac platform.
To avail the plugin, click on the following link. https://gumroad.com/l/curic_section_view
The plugin is also available in extension warehouse. https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/curic-section-view-0
For online demonstration of the plugin, watch the following video tutorial.
Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension
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Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) is the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse. It is an upgraded version of point gadget.

The newest version is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) comprises of several tools like Point Creation Tools, Line Creation Tool, Modification Tools, Importer & Exporter tools etc.

Point Creation Tools:

Set Location – This tool can be utilized to set the xyz of the station location or model origin.

Trick: With the help of the SketchUp model axis, precisely align imported data (images, cad info, etc) prior to shooting points. The green axis is taken as the North / backsight

Shoot Tool – This tool can be applied to set point markers with the mouse. The markers, and the points to be demonstrated, will be attributed ID numbers automatically.

Tip: While applying the Shoot tool, it is a good idea shoot onto an actual surface.

Tip: The point markers applied via this plugin are components. If the users are reluctant to apply the Point Gadget tools to set a point marker and as an alternative apply the Component Browser to set your point, ensure to employ the Point Gadget UPDATE tool to register them with the plugin.

XYZ Tool – This tool can be used to arrange point markers simultaneously with specific XYZ coordinates.

To get the details about other tools, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Watch online demonstration of Point Gadget 2 (2016+)

Point Gadget 2 (2016+) – The newest sketchup extension

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Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

This exclusive v-ray for sketchup video tutorial, Alex Oliver, lead instructor at Sketchup School, provides some useful tips for the user so that they can’t omit some vital steps while rendering with v-ray for sketchup. The users always miss these vital steps and waste huge time for recreating the rendering.

The video focuses on the following crucial points :-

1. How to place the Sun in SketchUp in order that V-Ray can perfectly shine sunlight into your model
2. Guidelines for applying Groups, Components & Layers in SketchUp to transform your rendering workflow more effective in V-Ray
3. Guidelines for arranging your materials to simplify them to perform with in V-Ray
4. The variation in how V-Ray renders details, and why it is necessary to add more of them in SketchUp to improve the quality renderings remarkably.
5. How to maximize your polygon count in SketchUp for rapid, superior quality renderings in V-Ray.

The first important step is to ensure your model is render-ready. Render-ready checklists comprise of the following five important steps :-

a. Orient your model
b. Optimize Your File
c. Arrange your materials
d. Include realistic details
e. Recall your polygons

To get detail explanations about these important steps, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

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Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

In this sketchup tutorial video, the demonstration is given for sketchup slicer plugin. Slicer plugin is developed by TIG.

With the Slicer Plugin for Sketchup, it is possible to cut your model into pieces. Just choose any solid object and slice it up into pieces. If any hole exists in your model, the plugin will not work. The plugin is very effective for repairing your model.

For application, just select a group of geometry and choose the axes to be sliced along together with the spacing and thickness of your slices.

Slicer facilitates the users to slice a model along the X,Y, and Z axes, together with custom axes. Export those slices to like a CNC router to develop these models in real life.

Besides, slicing your model, but if the flatten object is chosen, slicer will actually set all the different pieces it produces as components. These pieces can be exported to a CNC router if it is required to generate your objects in real life.

The extension can be downloaded from sketchUcation store.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TutorialsUp

Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

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ShopperMX™ Uploader for SketchUp

InContext Solutions has developed ShopperMX™ that is compatible with SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016 and SketchUp 2017.

This extension facilitates you to upload custom SketchUp models directly into ShopperMX™.

ShopperMX™ applies virtual simulations to produce an unrivalled in-store viewpoint of new shelf, signage, display and store designs. These are utilized for category management, Marketing, Store Design, Promotions, Merchandising, Sales and Executive teams for internal planning, top-to-tops and on-going retailer and manufacturer collaboration.

ShopperMX™ offers a wide array of benefits for retailers and manufacturers – significant savings in operational costs, the perception to instantly remove losing executions and alleviate investment risk, and finally reach to market quicker and more efficiently as compared to customary methods.

The users can avail ShopperMX™ from a computer, mobile device, or with a head-mounted device via ShopperMX™ HIVE (Hi-Immersion Virtual Experience.)

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

ShopperMX Uploader for sketchup

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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.

Learn the process for watermark rendering in sketchup

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Some handy sketchup tips for newbie sketchup users

The newbie sketchup users will be greatly benefitted by watching the following sketchup video tutorial presented by Justin Geis. In this sketchup tutorial Geis will introduce you with top 10 sketchup tips.

1. Apply Keyboard shortcuts: Every tool in SketchUp is supported with keyboard shortcuts. You don’t require to click on icons to obtain different types of tools in sketchup through these shortcuts. Beside, these shortcuts can reduce your modeling time significantly.

2. Move along axes: It is frequently required to shift objects both up and down and left and right concurrently. While trying to shift an object in both directions simultaneously, your object may not proceed at the desired location. Therefore, it is suggested to shift your objects along the red and green axes initially, then along the blue axis (or alternatively), so that you can get your objects to shift according to your choice.

3. Move with inferencing (Kitchen Example): While moving objects throughout SketchUp, sometimes it become complicated to procure objects to go in the exact position in a 3D space as per your choice. To make this process simple, apply inferencing to shift objects around. Inferencing is SketchUp’s way of helping you move objects around. As for instance, when you prefer to move a table and chairs with the purpose of aligning them with the end of a cabinet – you can choose and shift your objects by holding the shift key to lock along an axis, then move the mouse over the cabinet end and click to set your objects in your desired location.

4. Utilize the 3D Warehouse: SketchUp contains an extensive library of free models which can be imported into your model instantly. Highlight your modeling time on modeling spaces, and download furniture and other interior objects from the warehouse as much as possible to save significant modeling time.

5. Model with groups: When objects do not remain in groups, faces are merged, you have to face problem. If you group your geometry, your objects will not be merged with other objects and you will be able to make modifications instantly and efficiently.

6. Model with components: A component belongs to an object and when you copy it, any modification occurred in one copy will be updated in all the other copies as well. If you wish to have more than one of something in a model, create it as a component. If it is not required to create a copy of something, it will be a group.

7. Use Copy Mode: The move tool and the rotate tool can be utilized to generate copies of geometry. By clicking the control key with these tools active, the copies can be produced.

8. Generate multiple copies simultaneously: Besides, producing single copies, the move and rotate tools can also be applied to generate multiple copies. While making a copy of an object, just type “*” and the number of copies to be produced, then press the enter key to generate that number of copies. It is possible to modify the number of copies by hitting “*” and a new number, then the enter key provided that the tool is still active.

Watch the video, presented by Justin Geis.

9. Generate equally spaced copies among two points (Fence Posts): Besides, producing multiple copies, it is also possible to set an end point, then hit the divided by key and put a number of copies to generate equally spaced copies among two points

10. Apply extensions: SketchUp and SketchUcation both contain extensive warehouses of extensions which can be set up in SketchUp to make its functionality superior. Use new extensions in spite of native tools, to extend your modeling skills.

Some handy sketchup tips for newbie sketchup users

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How to perform simple fronton modeling in sketchup after importing the cad file

Egypt Sketchup Community presents a useful sketchup video that describes the detailed process for performing simple fronton modeling with the use of sketchup. The elevation drawing is done with AutoCad 2017 and it is imported to sketchup pro 2017 by going to file  Import option.

Download the elevation.dwg drawing www.mediafire.com

Prior to import a CAD file into SketchUp Pro, it’s essential to have clear idea on what CAD elements SketchUp Pro can and can’t import. After that, it becomes easier to prepare your CAD file and work with the elements that should be required in SketchUp Pro.

If you don’t require to lose details in the original CAD file, just produce a copy of the CAD file and get that copy ready for importing into SketchUp Pro.

Get help from the following article for importing cad files to sketchup.

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Advanced Vray Course for SketchUp

This sketchup video provides the detailed information on advanced course for v-ray sketchup users.

This advanced Vray course will teach you how to generate amazing images maintaining superior quality.

On the basis of the fundamental course of Vray (free), this advanced course will focus on some professional techniques like global illumination, advanced materials, camera adjustments, artificial lighting, distributed rendering, etc.

This course is specifically designed for the students of architecture, interior architecture, decorators, shopkeepers, designers of different branches ranging from landscapers, shops, professionals in the industry, companies as well as anyone who wants to learn how to produce realistic infographics with v-ray for sketchup.

The motto of this advanced course is to make the students capable of facing the professional world, either working independently, in architectural studies, design, decoration etc. The training will be provided on the vital tools of the program and on the basis of advice from experienced teacher.

To get more updates, visit http://jacobsen3d.com/project/curso-vray-avanzado/

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