Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Use Orbit, Zoom and Pan Tools to Get the Best View

To design flawlessly and creatively, SketchUp offers you some simple, understandable view tools concentrated completely on the object you draw on. The orbit, pan and zooms tools allow you to navigate your drawing smoothly observing each part of your model. Working on SketchUp is an interesting task as it stresses more on your design than on different applications of features. These tools are designed to keep the process simple while you are drawing an intricate 3D part. These options come in handy to view your model from any corner. Let’s know how they work on your favorite 3D application.

Orbit tool: Orbit tool is used for rotating your model to view it from different angles. This tool proved to be handy for the beginners as they can easily check the view of the model. Quite popular among others, this tool leads you the right design that you are looking for. You can activate the orbit tool from camera menu, getting started tool bar, or a large tool set tool bar.

Zoom tool: Zoom, as used traditionally, takes you closer to the model you are drawing. If you are working on small models, zoom helps you make it larger to fit your style. The best way to activate the zoom menu is rolling the scroll wheel that lets you zoom in and out instantly without clicking any menu bar and toolbar.

Zoom Extent is another option that is different from the usual working of zoom itself. Zoom Extent is used for making the model perfectly fit as the size of the window.

To use this tool, choose Zoom Extent from Camera.

The Pan Tool: The pan tool is another known view tool to observe your model from different angles – left, right, up and down. This tool brings to you different sides of your model and allows you to check the corner.

Things you should know about the pan tool:

• Pan stays in the camera menu
• Pan is in the tool bar
• Pan can also be activated through clicking on mouse’s scroll wheel button and press shift

These three tools are commonly used by the designers to set different viewpoints of the model. They are simple yet effective to understand the model the better.

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3D Model of London for SketchUp

AccuCities is a London tech start-up, focusing on capturing accurate and detailed 3D city models. Starting in London, we are capturing 3D Models of this beautiful city in 4 basic levels of detail. As many of our customers from areas such as architecture and urban planning use SketchUp, customers can chose to buy the dataset as a sketchup files.

Depending on their needs, customers can buy a subscription to the entire dataset or chose small sections of the model and purchase those only. Prices for quarter square kilometer tiles of this High Detail 3D Model start at £500 per tile and the subscription to the entire 25 km sq dataset starts from £1,000 per month. The sketchup models of London are easy to use to inform Architectural design, create CGI renders and animations but could also be 3D printed.

AccuCities 3D City models are manually captured, using photogrammetry, from the latest high-res aerial survey data. In High Detail 3D Models we capture all visible features of the roofs, including chimneys, parapet walls and dormer windows. The 3D Model is accurate to an incredible 15 centimetres in each axis. For customers who require lighter and more affordable models can opt for Level 2 models - Level 2 models omit some features but this makes the models lighter and easier to use. Not to mention they are half the price of Level 3 models.

Link to 500 x 500 meters Free Sample files of 3D Model of London [Please link “3D Model of London” to ] The Terrain in AccuCites 3D model of London is not flat - it is captured using the same photogrammetric technique as the buildings.

The terrain model is separated into major land use categories such as water, road, greenspace or man-made surface. Trees in this dataset are also captured from the aerial survey with the accurate heights and widths of their canopy. AccuCities can capture 3D Models like these anywhere in London, in the UK or in the world. Visit for more information about all levels of detail we can provide. On the website you can also directly buy this 3D model and get a quote for 3D Models that are not yet in our library.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

4 Reasons why You Need SketchUp for 3D Modeling

SketchUp has become a known name in the world of 3D designing and drawing. The thing that drives designers and artist to the program is its user-friendly functions that allow users to freely sketch their imagination. Though there are many 3D designing programs, SketchUp has been successful in making a unique position among the budding designers.

Generally, two different platforms are designed for the users – Make and Pro. SketchUp Make is for those ones who design 3D objects for the first time. Pro, as the name defines, is designed for the ones who are already expert. It contains the advanced tools and extensions that are helpful to add even complex details.

Using SketchUp is no tough job as it comes up with easy solutions to your all problems related to designing. On this program, you draw designs rather than sculpt the model. It allows you to add or subtract solids to design your model. 4 reasons that keep SketchUp lovers stick to the designing program are given below:

1. Accessibility: SketchUp has a simple and easy user interface with which anyone can access the program without taking much time. Unlike other programs, it has been made of uncompleted tools to design 3D models the way you want. Everything in SketchUp is designed to give you a quick understanding of what it is and what it contains for you.

2. Versatility: The versatility of SketchUp makes it one of the preferred choices for the designers. You can conceptualize almost anything and everything in SketchUp. The concept of designing has become simpler and easier for you since you can earn comprehensive knowledge about designs that stay behind the architecture, woodworking, film production and thousands other practices.

3. Practicality: Practicality is a character that helps you concentrate on your design rather than unnecessary things. Converting your imagination into 3D objects is not only easier but also flawless on the 3D designing platform. You design as per your requirement. Convincing clients comes under your comfort zone. Drawing on SketchUp takes less time to generate your imagination than other 3D programs.

4. Cost: Cost efficient, this software application does more than you can imagine. As compared to the other applications available in the market, it is budget-friendly as well as time-saver. It also has a lower cost entry that ensures your thorough learning without making big holes in your pocket.

These features definitely come under your consideration when using SketchUp for drawing your imagination. The platform is indeed helpful for both beginners and experts.

4 Reasons why You Need SketchUp for 3D Modeling

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SketchUp to Vizard workflow

SketchUp is convincingly the most well-known platform for designing 3D models flawlessly and quickly. Nearly everyone can hone their designing spree at this platform as it comes up with a user-friendly interface, and the features are equally easy and satisfied. The world of designing grows like fire with the interest today’s industry is showing at. Exporting SketchUp models to the Vizard allows you to feel your design as real as the other objects of the world are.

Vizard platform has a huge library of VR commands that help them add your favorite detail to the designs that transform your 3D model into an immersive simulation where you can walk through the ambience you create. Vizard workflow erases the line between the virtual world and the reality, and you get an experience like you are strolling on a real landscape instead of your design.

The tutorials and videos are available on the internet, from which you can earn valuable information of how to render and export your SketchUp model into Vizard workflow. It also includes about the small details that are essential to give your 3D model a real-time feel. The features like lighting, shadows, and texture manipulating ensure that you get the best of SketchUp on Vizard.

The things you need to learn for using SketchUp on Vizard workflow are:

• SU export setting
• Introduction to Inspector
• Performance concerns
• Model Hierarchy
• Checking Model origin and scale
• Lighting and Shadows
• Adding Sky and Changing Background color
• Manipulating model sub-parts
• Swapping textures

These features work great to make your design vibrant and colorful. With the use of commands, you can simply add detailing of your liking. Vizard also gives you the needed flexibility by proving VR command libraries where you can easily manipulate your 3D model.

You can also check a glimpse of SketchUp on Wizard at.

Through this video, you will learn about how to import Google SketchUp design on Vizard and how to use commands to add drama to your model. This tutorial will teach you different types of features of SketchUp and mainly Vizard. The final result is interesting to see that gives you an in-depth knowledge about 3D models.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SketchUp Inferences Position the 3D Model Accurately

SketchUp Inferences in SketchUp make you understand where you design your model. The color lines will appear as soon as you create a new file in SketchUp. These lines are the best to keep your model at the right place you want. It is always advisable to use the color lines while working on the SketchUp as they eliminate the need for typing commands for adjusting the position of the model. You need to work in the intended color direction, and you must align your object with the drawing axes of SketchUp.

Inferences: When you design 3D models in SketchUp, many features appear in the form of color squares, dotted lines, yellow tags, and other objects of this kind. These features are called together as SketchUp inference engine. To design a model accurately and quickly, you have to understand each feature elaborately and its usage.

Point Inferences: Point inferences tell you about different things of your design, they guide you how to add or change details of the models. If you move the cursor on the working window of the SketchUp, you will definitely be introduced with different colored shapes. If you stay on those shapes for a second, a yellow tag will appear explaining the definition of the color spot you put the cursor on. Here is the list of various point inferences and their meaning.

• Green – endpoint
• Cyan or light blue – midpoint
• Black – intersection
• Red – on edge
• A circle, green – centre
• Dark Blue – on face

In SketchUp, two basic elements that everyone should know about are – edges (lines) and faces (surfaces). To design efficiently on the SketchUp, you have a comprehensive idea about these two features first.

Linear Inference: Colors definitely play a very important role in your designing in the SketchUp. Linear inferences also help a designer draw a 3D model precisely and perfectly. These linear inferences are also called ‘help lines’ as they play a big role defining your object. Below are the descriptions of the work of linear inferences.

• On Axis – If the edge you draw is parallel to one of the three drawing axes of SketchUp, the edge takes the color of that particular drawing axe.
• From Point – When you are moving a cursor in the SketchUp, a colored, dotted line appear that tells you are lined up with the end point of the dotted line. The color of the From Point will automatically change as per the color of the axes it corresponds with.
• Perpendicular – the edge you are drawing must be perpendicular to another edge of the design. Your drawn edge will be colored in magenta.
• Parallel – If the edge you are sketching becomes parallel to another edge of your model, the drawn edge turns into magenta.
• Tangent at Vertex – this idea comes into the application when you are drawing an arc that starts at the end point of another arc. When your drawn arc is the tangent of another arc, it turns into cyan.

SketchUp inferences engine defines the basics of the 3D designing, without which your object does not take the expected form. The use of these applications is more than the usual.

SketchUp Inferences Position the 3D Model Accurately

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SketchUp Dialog Box – A Complete Tutorial

SketchUp dialogue boxes carry some useful commands and functions that let you navigate your design easily. It has controls with which you can modify the SketchUp setting and customize them as per your use. SketchUp is a simpler 3D designing tool that made the complexity of 3D model simpler. Like other applications, it has come up with essential dial boxes that keep the drawing smooth and straightforward. The content brings inside-out of the dial boxes used commonly by the users.

Preferences: The preference dial box contains everything about the working of SketchUp. You can change the setting to make a comfortable workplace for you. The commands carried by the dial box control the behavior of the application itself rather than the model you are working on. The preference dial box will appear on the Mac version only, and it is not available for the windows version of SketchUp.

SketchUp preferences contain the commands like application, drawing, extensions, general, shortcut and temples. Each one comes up with an array of options to make your designing experience uncomplicated.

For the preference dial box: SketchUp menu > preferences

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Model Info: Model info tool holds all important details of the model you are working on. It shows you everything starting from the animation time to the geo-location. Every command comes up with a set of features that define your model in the best possible way. In the ‘window’ menu, you will get the model info dialog box.

You can set the information the way you like before designing a model. The other options that you would get in this dialog box are – animation, components, credits, dimension, files, texts and more.

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Entity Info: Entity info in SketchUp tells you about the entity of your model as per the selection area. You can get a comprehensive detail about the layers, materials, dimensions and component names of every single entity of your model. Changing material is also easy with this tool. It notifies you about different parts of the model because each part has different structural details. Entity Info dialog box is in the window option.

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Instructor: Instructor dialog box happens to the best guide for the beginners. It clearly shows you the instruction of using a tool you are using presently. It presents every detail about the tool to make you understand how to draw a certain thing. In window menu, you will get the instructor option.

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With the dialog box options, you can easily draw the model as well as enhance the knowledge of different commands used in SketchUp.

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How to use paste in place tool in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with paste in place tool. This tool can save significant time while detailing and resizing your sketchup model.

Generally, people employs this tool for transmitting objects in and out of components inside a file. But, it can also be applied to copy from one file to another.

This tool can also be used to draw outside a group or component. Just choose Ctrl+X to cut, provide group/component and paste in place.

To learn how does this tool function, watch the following video tutorial.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

How to design a façade of a building with sketchup and v-ray 3.4

This is an exclusive online presentation for sketchup professionals.

In this sketchup video, one can learn how to create the design of the façade of a building with sketchup and v-ray. The model is created with sketchup and rendering work is done by v-ray 3.4 through v-ray frame buffer. The video will continue for 47 minutes.
The V-Ray Frame Buffer belongs to a display window for V-Ray renderings that comprises of a number of V-Ray-specific features. The V-Ray Frame Buffer contains the following exclusive features:
a. Interchanges among render components through a dropdown of all render elements
b. Maintains the image in full 32-bit floating point format
c. Accomplishes Color Corrections on the rendered image
d. Facilitates the users to select the order in which the buckets are rendered
e. Can preserve a list of recently rendered images and interchanges among them or compare them
f. Employs normal Lens Effects to the rendered image
g. Automate the process for modifying render resolution while the VFB window is resized with V-Ray RT ActiveShade and V-Ray IPR
h. The capability for loading progressive resumable files (.vrprog ) and the V-Ray .vrimg file format.

To utilize the V-Ray Frame Buffer for rendering, activate the Enable built-in frame buffer option in the Frame buffer rollout under the V-Ray tab in the Render Setup window.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Printable for 3D warehouse

3D modeling has become easier with the introduction of many new software applications. The complex things seem easier with the tools and extensions. But making 3D designs in printable format remains a hectic job that involves many tough steps. With the SketchUp application, designers and artists find a simpler way to draw their models without being an expert in the fields. The subtle look of the model seems as accurate as it is done by an expert.

The need for 3D printable designs is felt intensely as the 3D designing industry flourishes with time. The conventional process is not enough to fit the growing need. This is why SketchUp in collaboration with 3D Warehouse and Materialise comes up with a comprehensive solution. It allows users to translate their 3D model into the printable format without going through any hectic steps. 3D Warehouse with their internal expert support makes the design printable-ready STL file – a required process to transform your design into 3D printable format.

3D print is a completely different chapter of study for designing where you are learned to add sizes and lengths to the model for the printable. Different factors are inevitably involved in this process. SketchUp eliminates those tough ones and gives you a way to make the model print-ready for you.

What do they do?

Experts in Materialise do their best job to offer you the desired result. The STL file format of 3D Warehouse is considered to be the solver of such problem. With the help of Meterialise and 3D Warehouse, SketchPlan offers a better functioning tool to you for this purpose.

The Printables of 3D Warehouse: To make your design 3D printable, you need to choose the check box – ‘I want this model to be printable.’ You need to upload the model to the 3D Warehouse. This model is then passed to the Materialise where it is transformed into an STL file. This new STL file goes through an array of gauntlet tests that fix general issues smoothly and provide you with a watertight STL file. Materialise sends this file to the 3D warehouse from where you can easily download your printable format.

How to find out your Printable file: To get the printable format of your 3D design, sign in your 3D Warehouse account and browse the model details page. Type the name followed by ‘is.printable’ in the search bar of the site. If you are searching for all printable objects, type ‘is:printable.’

This is the easiest method so far for making 3D design printable. The application does not require you to perform complex functions like correcting sizes, alignment for getting the better result. Prepare your model first and send to the 3D Warehouse – is just the process you need to maintain.

Printable for 3D warehouse

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SketchUp for Ruby Code Editor

Ruby Code Editor has been a popular extension that helps SketchUp users add fine and in-depth detailing to their 3D design. Generally, the extension simplifies the application of Ruby codes in SketchUp platform and allows designers to write down the scripts as easily as they design. The extension seems to be very interesting for those who are obsessed with the Ruby codes and want to apply them on the SketchUp platform to make their design exceptional and eloquent.

This feature allows users to run and modify codes in the SketchUp environment. An External editor is also available, though. The application has been successful to give you the real environment of the code editor. Ruby Editor provides designers with a useful way to design their 3D model beyond the application area of the SketchUp.

Ruby Code editor comes up with other benefits that make your experience on SketchUp smoother and happier. If you love to have documentation of your work, then there is no better tool than Ruby Editor. At the browse window, you can add your reference web pages from where you are taking designing detail and coding support. These websites will you help in your next project. It also comes up with some common code snippets that can be inserted in your coding area. Other than this, you can call a code-completion feature at any point in your coding.

The benefits of using Ruby code in SketchUp are numerous. Some of them are mentioned below.

• The menu-based user interface with a clean code editor environment
• Light/dark themed editor
• Works smooth with files of any size
• Fast opening with code highlighting for large files
• Files list of most recently use data
• Keyboard shortcut navigation
• Line numbering in coding
• Matching Indenting/dedenting of code blocks
• Matching brackets, current line highlighting
• Undo/redo in editor
• Find/replace in editor (text or RegEx)
• Code folding
• Insert code snippets at cursor
• Code-completion for SketchUp classes and methods
• Automatic backup file creation
• Various options: font size, tab/space indenting
• Undo of code execution
• Single undo option for entire code
• Results window keeps track of run history
• Reference web browser for common websites
• Explore selection object properties and attributes
• Option for direct access to the Ruby console
• Option to edit default code snippet
• Clean printing of code

You can open Ruby Code Editor from the ‘Windows’ tab or from the Toolbar. You need to know that in the editor, codes are highlighted for your help. If code highlighting gets failed, you must check the coding and ensure that you put spaces in between the operation you have used.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Release 3 of VUE 2016 and PlantFactory 2016 Introduced by E-on Software

Being a leading name of software development for animation, creation, rendering and Integration, E-on software always keeps a game changer attitude with the new application for the users. The new releases continue to cast a spell over the 3D designing world with advanced functions and tools. Their effort makes the virtual world as much real as the real one with all equally viable substances. The new Release 3 of VUE and PlantFactory 2016 retain the legacy. These applications are smart enough to add nuanced details to your design, adding a real feel to the virtual world.

The free version of the software application is available for the users. These applications come up with as many features as you may want to have to create a magical 3D work the same as you expected. The new versions always bring forth the company’s objective towards creating an amiable space for designers and artists. It always goes a step further to reflect a sense of innovation and creativity of the designing. The main objectives remain unchanged in their designing and the releases – offering a user-friendly approach, enhancing the base of the current technologies, improving the performance of the application gradually.

The key features of these two new releases are discussed here. The information given below is stated according to the press release of the company itself. You can visit their official site for more details. The key features of VUE 2016 R3 –

UX/UI improvements:

• Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
• Higher quality display in Render Scene preview for soft shadows
• Better handling of editor window manipulations
• Support for HiDPI screens on MacOS

Optimized scene saving process:

• Up to 4x faster scene saving
• Up to 2x smaller file size
• 3 New scene saving modes: Default, Consolidated Archive, Network Rendering

HDR Rendering:

• Major improvements in dynamic range depth when using Spectral Atmospheres
• New optional Sun Visibility parameter for Spectral Atmospheres
• Automatic de-activation of Tone-Mapping when saving HDR pictures (.hdr or .exr formats)

Path Tracer renderer improvements:

• Adds support for Spectral Cloud layers
• Support for ‘Don’t cast shadows’ and ‘Disable Indirect Lighting’ material properties
• New Translucent material type
• Now supports Soft Shadows and Blurry Reflections/Refractions

Cloud Modulation:

• New Cloud Opacity modulation
• Access local coordinates for color settings
Faster computing of Spline operations for HeightField Terrains

xStream Integration:

• Adds support for 3ds Max 2018
• Optimized native spline handling
• Network Rendering: New command line options to set color/alpha/depth passes for both stills and animations rendering
• New Python callbacks for setting and getting Color, Alpha and Depth channels saving locations

The important features of PlanetFactory 2016 R3:

UX/UI improvements:

• Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
• Better wireframe display, and improved gizmo manipulator interactions
• Improved geometry loading and previewing
• Improved vegetation painting
• Advanced vegetation pruning algorithms with new Cut probability, Cut length and Radius Reduction parameters
• New Current Primitive node allows advanced control over branch growth and natural pruning effects
• Improved geometry transition algorithms:
• Better handling of branch offset
• Improved geometry continuity with highly distorted models
• Displacement mapping now available on transition zones
• Improved exports:
• New optional wind application to exported geometry
• Improved export dialog interface
• Improved PTex format export for plant materials

The features are concentrated completely on enhancing the users’ experience in designing. The details make your work livelier and better than ever. E-on software application does its best job in presenting tools and application that add real sense to designing. Enhancing the core offering of the previous releases of these two applications, the company has been successful to live up to its expectation like before. Personal learning edition and the trial version is available for the users. You can download from the company’s official website.

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