Second Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is almost here!

Second Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is almost here!

After the success of the first edition of my SketchUp book, I went back through the text for the second edition and updated quite a bit of content. My main goal was to keep it highly relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and at the same time provide thorough yet easy to follow examples and tutorials. I am also very excited to announce a completely new chapter on physically making things with SketchUp that includes 3D printing, CNC cutting, and other techniques. Lots of fun stuff! As before, this edition will use the companion website at http://sketchupfordesign.com where you can find videos, references, 3D models, and tutorials. I'll post more about the book once it has been officially released. For now, here's a teaser: From the back cover: TAP INTO SKETCHUP'S REAL-WORLD, REAL-WORK FUNCTIONALITY Architectural Design with SketchUp, Second Edition, is the leading guide to Trimble SketchUp, an easy-to-use, yet incredibly powerful tool for architects, interior designers, construction professionals, and makers. It provides the SketchUp...
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SketchUp Basecamp 2016 Announced

SketchUp Basecamp 2016 Announced

The folks at SketchUp just today announced 3D Basecamp 2016, their next iteration of this user conference. After last time in Vail, this event will be a bit further in the mountains, in Steamboat Springs, CO, and it'll take place in June. As always, It'll be an amazing venue for learning more about SketchUp and meeting other SketchUp-pers. Cant wait! You can learn more about the event and register here: http://blog.sketchup.com/sketchupdate/announcing-3d-basecamp-2016 ...
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Making Everything 3D-Printable

Making Everything 3D-Printable

One of the hardest tasks with 3D printing with SketchUp is often making something that has not been modeled properly 3D printable. This means that whatever geometry you are given needs to be turned into a "watertight" or "manifold" solid. In SketchUp there are a bunch of extensions that help with this task (namely Solid Inspector and Solid Solver). But even they can't automatically fix a model like the one shown in the 3D viewer and images below. Fortunately for us, SketchUp and iMaterialize just announced a solution that is baked into 3D Warehouse. As you can see, this model is an intersection of three shapes (made without using SketchUp's Intersect tool), where I removed two faces and introduced a small triangular hole in one of the faces. I then uploaded this model to the 3D Warehouse the usual way (File > 3D Warehouse > Share Model...) and made sure the checkbox at the bottom was checked. After a few seconds, I was able to download an...
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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2015!

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

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 and joyful holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2015. Cheers, Alex...
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What’s New With SketchUp 2015

What’s New With SketchUp 2015

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 post). High on many people's wishlist was 64 Bit support, so that is likely what will get mentioned most. Others will find the new IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) importer extremely useful. Here is my perspective on the new features: The performance improvements from 64 Bit support, face-finder improvements, and the "fast styles" labels are significant. Even with a thorough, component-based workflow (as I described in Chapter 3 and in my Basecamp presentation) especially large models could in the past bog SketchUp down quite a bit. Things should now get much smoother, especially on powerful machines. The now built-in IFC importer is a tremendous addition! This allows SketchUp to at least...
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