How to generate gears in sketchup with circle, offset & rotate tools

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis provides some useful sketchup tips for generating gears with the use of circle, offset and rotate tools inside sketchup. You don’t have to use any sketchup extension for this purpose.

Some useful tips :-

While going to produce geometry like this, initially you have to focus on the number of segments in your circles. SketchUp does not have the ability to draw “pure” curves. As an alternative, the curves are developed with a set of individual segments, which are arranged by providing a number with the circle tool turned on. The number of teeth in your gear can be modified by fixing the number of segments in your circle.

As for instance, let’s draw 2 circles maintaining the similar radius, one with 24 sides, and one with 36 sides.

If the offset tool is applied to generate a slightly larger circle and draw in some teeth, it is possible to employ the rotate tool to copy the teeth around the radius. Here, the circle having more segments contain more teeth.

As soon as the circle is drawn, draw a slightly larger circle by applying offset tool. After that, draw lines to the equivalent segment points to start a tooth. The scale tool can be applied to curtail this line (hold the control key for constant scaling). It is the perfect time to choose your circle, right click and choose make center. This will arrange a control point at the center of your circle that should be applied to copy your tooth in rotate mode.

As soon as you’ve detailed out one tool, the rotate tool can be used in copy mode to produce the rest of your teeth. You may require to get into and remove some left over geometry.

Now, go in and detail out the remaining gear. While accomplishing this, it’s vital to recognize the math of how you’re parting your gear up.

If it is required to draw 6 holes in your gear, just split the number of degrees in a circle (360) with the number of holes required by you for creation. After that, it is possible to draw your hole as per your choice, then generate copies along the number of degrees you worked out.

After completing this, just remove your leftover geometry and with the use of the push/pull tool extrude your gear into 3d.

How to generate gears in sketchup with circle, offset & rotate tools

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Woodworking Toolbox for sketchup

Woodworking Toolbox belongs to a SketchUp Extension that can automate the process for producing cut lists toward woodworking projects.

This plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin is available in English, French, German languages.

This extension chooses the present selection or the whole scene when nothing is opted and generates a list of parts having quantities and sizes.

The extension arranges the parts with attributes of materials along with different types of sorting options.

It is possible to directly print the “cut list” out of the plugin or export it as a CSV file. This extension is Open Source.

The Source Code can be accessed under GPL (www.gnu.org) license on its GitHub repository (github.com).

Woodworking Toolbox for sketchup

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Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

Fredo Tools combine different types of plugins. Given below the lists of these plugins :-

Revert Curve
Curvi Shear
Report Label Area
Construct Face Normal
Mark Vertices
Count Faces By Sides
Remove Lonely Vertices
Thru Paint
Reverse Orient Faces

 Edge Inspector
Move Along
Draw Along
Angle Inspector
Element Stats
Auto Reverse Faces
Convexify
Convexify

In this sketchup video tutorial, one can learn the process for applying Fredo tools along with all the plugins included within it.

To run Fredo tools, you have to install LibFredo6 7.5b or higher version.

To download the latest version, click on the following link sketchucation.com

 The above plugins will not be visible in the toolbar rather they can be accessed from the menu.

Watch the demonstration of each plugin.

Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

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Brief overview of displacement map in v-ray for sketchup

This is an exclusive tutorial on V-Ray for SketchUp 3.4 beta where one can learn how to apply displacement feature in V-ray for Sketchup.

The displacement feature allows you to deform a geometry with the help of an image. Deformation will work best and will be maximum for white images and for black images it will not work. The image should always be grayscale.

The major usages of the displacement in V-Ray for SketchUp can be found in lawns, stone gables, apparent masonry, carpets.

Displacement facilitates the users to reproduce the texture of a surface with the use of a black and white image to define the changeable height of the surface.

Displacement truly generates the geometry that is defined by the image. It is performed by subdividing a specified piece of geometry and modifying the individual heights of all of the faces on the basis of the image that it is explaining. The outcome is a surface that provides a much more precise and accurate result.

 

How to include Displacement: The users may apply their current bump maps as displacement maps. In the Maps rollout of the material options there exist an option for Displacement. Allow displacement by ticking the check box on the left, and continue to tick on the “m” for the inclusion of a displacement map. Though the textures are applied for displacement maps in several cases, it is likely to include a displacement map through the procedural mapping.

Brief overview of displacement map in v-ray for sketchup

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Download 3D Printing Extension for SketchUp

T3YOURMIND has developed 3D Printing Extension for sketchup. This sketchup can be used to make the best use of your Sketchup model for 3D Printing, analyse & modify printability, compare prices and terms of the best printing services and select from in excess of 150 printing materials. Besides, it is also possible to upload it with a single mouse click to the 3YOURMIND portal.

Prior to give order for your model with the 3D printing service following your preference, the portal is considered as an ideal tool to

  • rectify the most common 3D printing errors
    • Verify whether your design is printable
    • Choose and preview from more than 150 various materials and finishes
    • Alternatively, download the restored and optimized file for your own printer

This extension is completely free and does not contain any hidden costs. To gather more information, visit 3yourmind.com.

In order to run this plugin, Sketchup STL (extensions.sketchup.com) is required.

To download this plugin, click on the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

3d-print-button

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Demo of render farm to improve your rendering with sketchup vray

This sketchup vray video tutorial provides demonstration on the process of render farm.

A Render Farm comprises of a group of networked computers which operate jointly to execute large rendering tasks. Render farms moves silently, devoid of graphical demonstration of the renderings as they advance, or you can apply the Render Farm Display tool to show the parts of the image as soon as they are finished. The Render Farm facilitates you to utilize more compute power for lengthy tasks at the expense of some interactivity.

The nXt Render Farm contains four pieces of software:

  1. IRender nXt is applied to state the model to render. The Render Farm is initiated directly from IRender nXt, or if it is required to preview the rendering first, a preview rendering can be started (with smaller resolution and fewer passes), and then start the Farm from IRender Batch.
  2. The Farm itself, (nXt.exe ornXt64.exe, running on each Farm CPU). This belongs to a version of the nXt rendering engine which renders nearly mutely, in the background, requiring very little user interface. This portion of the nXt Render Farm Software is utilized by itself, in combination with commercial render farm software, for a more sophisticated render farm solution.
  3. nXtFarmer.exe (nXtFarmer64.exe) is a small executable that operates on each network rendering station, waits for jobs to be produced, and begins the Farm Processor.
  4. IRenderBatch.exe is a utility program to show renderings once they are completed and save them as .JPG, .PNG or .ArImage files.

Downloads: The IRender nXt Render Farm software can be downloaded from the McNeel nXt Forum: (accurender.ning.com)

  • Render Farm Downloads
    Make sure to download the version to tally your operating system (32 bit or 64 bit)

Demo of render farm to improve your rendering with sketchup vray

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Download Eneroth Zoom Back for SketchUp

Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Zoom Back for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

This sketchup extension is mostly suitable for interior views. It facilitates to move the camera as far backwards as possible devoid of striking anything.

At the time of making interior views, it is necessary many times to arrange the cameras as adjacent to a wall as possible to display as much of the room as possible, but devoid of zooming out via the wall by mistake.

This plugin positions the camera 1 cm ahead of whatever is straight behind it when the plugin is reactive. The distance is modifiable from the plugin’s menu.

Click on the following link to download the plugin Eneroth Zoom Back

Download Eneroth Zoom Back for SketchUp

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FitParts – A powerful sketchup extension to generate cut list

Slavne has developed FitParts for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with sketchup 2016 and Sketchup 2017. It is an exclusive cut list generator that can be used to create cutting layout. It can produce guillotine-style cut maps on the basis of panel dimensions you possess. It can automatically pull out dimensions out of components and groups, which are chosen presently, in sketchup model.

FitParts will be mostly suitable for woodworking, metal working, glass industry, plastic modeling.

You can adjust the length and width of sheet goods you have beforehand. FitParts extension will utilize the equivalent sheet goods and it sets how many of those it requires for procuring the essential parts. Then it will visually demonstrate in Sketchup each panel along with cut lines, dimensions and serial numbers of parts. The full report is acquired with legend describing each part serial number.

Methods step-by-step

  1. Draw the model in Sketchup. Create groups and/or component instances for each desirable part to come into the cut list. Note: please apply normal method in sketchup at the time of drawing your model and do not give up un-grouped elements (faces, lines, etc) in the model as the FitParts drawing could mingle with your prevailing cluttered ungrouped elements. Besides, don’t place them in x0y positive quadrant where your plans will be sketched.
  2. Opt for the groups and components to be used for cut list. FitParts Pro contains the significant validation option to provide you an idea on what has been chosen in an improper way and what should be rectified if required.
  3. Extensions / FitParts / MakeCutlist will display you the dialog where appropriate panel size is listed. Click the Cut button to produce the plans for cutting.

In order to download the plugin, click on the following link. FitParts

FitParts – A powerful sketchup extension to generate cut list

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How to use Artisan Organic Toolset in Sketchup

Justin Geis has presented another exclusive sketchup tutorial that is based on Artisan Organic Toolset. This sketchup extension is develop by Dale Martens Aka Whaat and it costs $39. The users can avail a 15-days free trial version by clicking this link artisan4sketchup.com

This sketchup extension can be used for generating organic models in sketchup. Use it for sculpting to terrain modeling in sketchup. With it the designers can also create models for furniture, characters, abstract sculptures, fabric/curtains/pillows, rocks/tree trunks/plants etc.

It contains different types of powerful organic modeling tools like subdivision surfaces, sculpt tools, vertex transformation tools, mesh optimization (polygon reduction) etc.

To get a live demo, go through the following video.

How to use Artisan Organic Toolset in Sketchup

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How to apply position texture tool inside sketchup to generate custom textures

This sketchup video tutorial from Justin Geis is based on position texture tool of sketchup. By going through the video, one can learn how to use texture tool to take texture in sketchup and resize and rotate for generating a custom texture.

Inside SketchUp, materials are used as tiled images which signify that the pattern or image will reiterate both vertically and horizontally over any entities you paint.

SketchUp’s Position Texture Tool is useful for modifying a material on a surface in various ways, together with repositioning, resizing, and distorting. Besides, this tool facilitates you to carry out distinctive actions on images like painting a picture encircling a corner or projecting it on a model.

Run the Position Texture Tool from the context menu. (sites.google.com) for a face entity.

How to apply position texture tool inside sketchup to generate custom textures

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