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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2015!

December 10, 2014 in News


As every year, let’s celebrate the season with a bit of digital “bling”! This time, it’s just a simple SketchUp model of a fractal tree that I enhanced a bit in Sketchfab’s editor. Yes, it is WebGL and you are allowed to play with it. Have fun! To you and your loved ones a peaceful […]

Why Component-Based Modeling Makes Sense

November 10, 2014 in Tutorials


As I describe in chapter 3 of my book, a component-based modeling workflow makes a lot of sense. It allows you to use a hierarchical model organization, work with attributes, dynamic components and – most recently – Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). I covered this approach at Trimble’s SketchUp 3D Basecamp in Vail earlier this year. You can […]

What’s New With SketchUp 2015

November 8, 2014 in News


This is What’s New… Depending on who you ask and how those people use SketchUp, it is quite likely that they will hone in on different favorite elements in the 2015 release of SketchUp, which came out just this week and parallel to Trimble’s Dimensions user conference in Las Vegas (which I attended, hence the late […]

Calculating Summed-up Volumes with Ruby

June 11, 2014 in Tutorials


  I received an email a few days ago by someone who needed to calculate volumes and face areas in SketchUp for the purpose of estimating. I suggested doing this in a few lines with Ruby and as it turns out, it is pretty easy as long as the objects that need to be summed […]

Time for an Update!

June 11, 2014 in News


It’s time for me to start working on an update to the “Architectural Design with SketchUp” book. While I already have several ideas for changes, I would love to hear from my current readers what they think should be changed, which new content should be added etc. Feel free to reply in the comments below […]

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