Alex' collection of SketchUp tutorials and news posts that talk about all SketchUp topics: modeling, rendering, scripting, extensions, fabrication, etc. The five most recent tutorials and news posts are listed below. You can find everything else in the topic category archives: News Blog, SketchUp Tutorials, 3D Modeling, Extensions, Making, Rendering, Scripting, SketchUp Basics

Latest SketchUp Tutorials & News

Modeling a Log House

Modeling a Log House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokkx7EmZXM In this video tutorial I show how useful SketchUp's Solid Tools (especially the Trim tool) are when modeling a log house. The process as shown here makes it easy to create clean log overlaps and door/window cutouts. Note: I am not showing the entire modeling process here, just the principles based on two walls. You can easily expand this to other walls and windows, etc. Did you design your own log house this way? Let me know below in the comments. ...
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Designing 3D-Printable Pendants with SketchUp

Designing 3D-Printable Pendants with SketchUp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2W0bKW8guM In this tutorial I cover several approaches and techniques for creating 3D-printable pendants from SketchUp. This includes designs that need to be hanging in the balance (for pendants, earrings, mobile elements, etc.) as well as those with multiple support points (e.g. for name necklaces). The extensions and websites that I mention in the video are: Shapeways 3D printingFace Centroid and Area Properties ExtensionSolid Inspector extension Did you design anything with this approach? Share it below in the comments. ...
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Construction Site Logistics Planning with SketchUp

Construction Site Logistics Planning with SketchUp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdXnFYDpens In this tutorial I cover various approaches for construction site logistics planning in SketchUp. This begins with importing an accurate geolocated site, constructing a rough building model from a plan, and then laying out the construction site with pre-made components from the 3D Warehouse. This is then followed by crane location planning. As I mention in the video, the goal here was to use the 3D environment for rough (but realistic) logistics planning. Adjust the techniques as needed for your projects. Also, for more documentation options, check out SketchUp's LayOut software. The Turner Construction Logistics Collection that I mention in the video can be found here. Did you like this tutorial? Got any images of your construction sites that you planned this way? Let me know below in the comments. ...
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SketchUp 2022 is Out!

SketchUp 2022 is Out!

The newest version of SketchUp is now available. The 2022 version was made available a few days ago and has various improvements. The main ones are: SketchUp Pro (desktop) Search box (tools, settings, etc.) - The search box that was already quite familiar for users of the SketchUp web app is now also available on the desktop. Just hit Shift-S to get started. What's really cool for an extension user like me is that extension tools also automatically show up here.Lasso Select - A neat way to select objects that just don't fit into a rectangular selection window.Stamp Copy - A multi-copy tool similar to what I had already implemented in my Place Shapes Toolbar. Nice to now have it in the Move tool, too.Tag Tool - A better way to tag objects (i.e. assign objects to layers in "old lingo"). Just click the tag icon and click away on what needs to be tagged. Much faster than always going to the...
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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy (and Much Better) New Year 2021!

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy (and Much Better) New Year 2021!

Dear friends and colleagues, I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy, and successful new year 2021! After the current year turned out a bit different than everyone expected, there is certainly much hope and some certainty that next year will be better on several fronts. Cheers,Alex P.S.: The inspiration for this year's holiday image took me back to a visit to Quebec's Ice Hotel from several years ago. As always, everything is modeled in SketchUp and then (for the first time) rendered in Enscape. The tree punch out on the back wall was done using an image and my Scale By Tools extension. ...
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