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Architectural Design with SketchUp Book Cover Welcome to the companion site to Alexander C. Schreyer's book "Architectural Design with SketchUp: 3D Modeling, Extensions, BIM, Rendering, Making, and Scripting
(2nd Edition)"

Browse the Companion Pages and the Blog & Tutorials to learn more about the book and read my latest posts. You can also find the most recent SketchUp News from all over the web here. Register using the form in the sidebar to discuss SketchUp in the community Groups.

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Better modeling for 3D Warehouse – and anywhere

October 7, 2015

Just a quick heads-up: The SketchUp folks just posted a set of videos that explain how to create better models for sharing on the 3D Warehouse. I am linking to the videos and post here because I have way too often come across models where the scale was off, the component nesting didn’t make sense, textures […]

SketchUp Ruby Code Editor Updated to 4.0

July 11, 2017 in News Blog

I just updated my Ruby Code Editor extension to version 4.0 with many fixes and new features. You can read more about it in my announcement post: SketchUp Ruby Code Editor 4.0 is now available!

Unwrapping and Unfolding Tips and Tricks

June 29, 2017 in Tutorials

Need to unfold a shape in SketchUp? And you are running into problems? Read my tips and tricks article that describes how to best do that with my extension: Unwrapping and unfolding correctly in SketchUp

Making replacement parts with SketchUp is so easy!

February 20, 2017 in Tutorials

I just had the need to replace a broken knob on our dryer and instead of tracking down the original replacement part, I 3D printed the knob from a SketchUp model I made in a few minutes. Check out my blog post and see how I did it: Dryer fix made easy with 3D printing

SketchUp 2017 is out. And it’s looking great!

November 25, 2016 in News Blog

  Okay, admittedly SketchUp 2017 has been out for a few days now (there’s even a first maintenance release already). I just didn’t get around to posting about it. So, what do I like most about this release? Here’s my rundown: A new Graphics Engine This one is a major improvement. As you may know, SketchUp […]

2016 SketchUp 3D Basecamp Recap

June 17, 2016 in News Blog

Tip: Once the 360-degree viewer loads, click and drag the image above to explore Steamboat Springs! I just returned from Trimble’s 2016 3D Basecamp, SketchUp’s biannual user conference, which this year was held in Colorado’s super-beautiful resort of Steamboat Springs. This year’s iteration, which drew over 600 participants, featured five days of presentations, lots of industry […]

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