Archive for 3D Warehouse

How to best prepare your SketchUp models for Sketchfab.com

February 10, 2016 in Tutorials

There are nowadays quite a few ways in which we can share a SketchUp model with the world, thanks to a technology that is built right into most modern browsers: WebGL. One example is Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, where an uploaded model becomes an interactive one just by clicking on a small icon: Other web services expand […]

Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available!

October 26, 2015 in News Blog

I am very excited to be announcing the release of the second edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” today! For this edition, I went back through the text and updated and improved a lot of content. As before, my main goal was to keep it relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and […]

Better modeling for 3D Warehouse – and anywhere

October 7, 2015 in Tutorials

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 […]

Making Everything 3D-Printable

May 20, 2015 in News Blog, Tutorials

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 […]

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 […]

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