Improve your WebGL models on Sketchfab with the new material editor

Improve your WebGL models on Sketchfab with the new material editor

I just posted a quick description of Sketchfab's new interactive WebGL material editor on my personal blog. You can find the post here: http://www.alexschreyer.net/cad/improve-your-webgl-models-on-sketchfab-with-the-new-material-editor/ Even if you don't use Sketchfab to publish your 3D models, it is actually quite useful to just upload a generic model and experiment with the material editor's parameters. These are the same parameters that come up when you work in a rendering software's material editor. Using Sketchfab's editor, you can interactively change them and see what happens....
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Christmas / Holiday Card Tutorial Now Available

Christmas / Holiday Card Tutorial Now Available

Happy New Year everyone!!! Now that my Christmas / Holiday Card is "so last year", it is time to reveal how it was made. For a tutorial (that also includes the Ruby script I used for it), go to the SketchUcation.com website. You can find the tutorial there. http://sketchucation.com/resources/tutorials/48-advanced/306-scripting-a-christmas-card-with-ruby...
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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2013!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2013!

I sincerely hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. Enjoy your holidays (whatever you celebrate and wherever you are) and any time off that you can spend with your family. I wish you all a successful new year and all the best for your endeavors. Cheers, Alex P.S.: "Why the water in the image?" you may ask. Well - it looks great and it renders fast. There are really no religious connotations here whatsoever. If you want to know how the image was made, check out this tutorial on SketchUcation for a how-to article....
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“Architectural Design with SketchUp” is Now Available!

“Architectural Design with SketchUp” is Now Available!

Starting today, my book "Architectural Design with SketchUp" is now available from all of the online booksellers. You can find the links to Amazon & Co. in the sidebar of this page. Alternative to the paperback edition, E-Book and Kindle versions are also available. Brick-and-mortar bookstores such as Barnes & Noble will likely start carrying the book within a week or two. Of course, if you first rather want to find out what this book is all about, check out this page or view sample pages on Amazon.com or Google Books. I hope you all enjoy the book and that it helps you create the great designs you are dreaming of! Please remember that this companion site is always available for comments, questions, discussions and show-and-tell for your work. You can find out more about what is possible on the About page. Also, I will be posting more videos and other freebies in the near future, so check back often....
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Turn Yourself into a Vase with SketchUp! (Making Rotational Portrait Sculptures from Silhouettes for 3D Printing)

Turn Yourself into a Vase with SketchUp! (Making Rotational Portrait Sculptures from Silhouettes for 3D Printing)

You likely have seen the effect before: An image like the one above shows some shapes that look like vases. After a little while, however, you notice that the curved shapes that define the vases are actually faces - or more specific: the negative silhouette of the faces. As it turns out, this can easily be accomplished in SketchUp. Turning these shapes into real objects is also pretty simple these days as long as you have access to a 3D printer, a CNC lathe or can browse the web, where you can order 3D printed objects from any of the vendors that I list on this page. Follow these steps to turn yourself into a vase: 1. Take a good silhouette picture. Then import it into SketchUp. For this first step, we will be using a technique similar to the one that I employed for the tree cutout component in Chapter 5. 2. On the exploded picture, trace the outline of the silhouette....
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