Compound (Boolean) Geometry in SketchUp with Solid Tools

Compound (Boolean) Geometry in SketchUp with Solid Tools

When you need to create complex geometry in SketchUp, it is often better to break an item into positive (solid) parts and negative (void) parts that you can then subtract from each other with SketchUp's Pro's Solid Tools. In this example, I am showing this process for a cast steel structural connector, but the principle applies to many other shapes as well. Because this process uses solid geometry from beginning to end, the result is also a solid and therefore easily 3D printable. Side view My model doesn't replicate the geometry of this piece exactly, but this is an example of such geometry Tutorial Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrhfJjT8YBQ Links Some of the tools I used here are: SketchUp's built-in tools: Solid Tools (specifically the Subtract tool) Parallel-projection camera view Hide / show FredoCorner Extension - One of Fredo6's excellent extensions that allows you to round corners ...
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The Cube – A Fun SketchUp Diffusion AI Experiment

The Cube – A Fun SketchUp Diffusion AI Experiment

In this video I am having a bit of fun with the new SketchUp Diffusion tool… Give this a try: Add only a single cube to your modeling space and then try to create an interesting visualization from that using only the prompts and the styles in SketchUp Diffusion. This is actually a great way to explore prompt engineering. It is interesting how the AI is able to capture the general orientation of the scene from just the cube and the horizon line behind it. You can find my original forum post about this on the SketchUp forums here. And admittedly I based this on a competition that the Blender community has been doing for a while. Check those out, too. For more on what you can do with SketchUp and Diffusion, take a look at my initial post about this topic. Video https://youtu.be/dQmV58Jlq4c Examples Here are some of my own examples: Prompt: "A treasure in a luxurious space." Prompt: “A floating, death star spacecraft over a...
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Creating a Combined Texture in SketchUp (e.g. for a Cross-Laminated Timber)

Creating a Combined Texture in SketchUp (e.g. for a Cross-Laminated Timber)

In this video tutorial I illustrate a useful technique for cases where you need to combine several texture images into one material in SketchUp. I am using the example of a cross-laminated timber (CLT) here but you can employ this for many other applications. The beauty of using SketchUp for this (instead of Photoshop) is that you can apply textures to correctly-scaled objects (which you first create using SketchUp's modeling tools). Sidebar: What is a CLT? It is a large 8-foot wide structural wooden plate that can span in buildings approximately 25 feet. It is made from lumber strips that are glued in parallel layers, which alternate directions by 90 degrees. Several buildings have been constructed with these, including our Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst. How can you use this technique? Give rendering in SketchUp a try. I cover it in Chapter 5 of my book. Tutorial Video https://youtu.be/CEQU5DhdpZ4 Tutorial Steps This list shows the key steps for this technique. Watch the video for further...
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Getting Started with SketchUp: My Top 10 Tips

Getting Started with SketchUp: My Top 10 Tips

This post's video tutorial features a list of my standard SketchUp beginner tips and tricks. SketchUp has much more functionality (see my book to learn about the rest!) but these ten tips will get you started with SketchUp for desktop, web, or iPad and clear up some typical confusions. TIP:New to SketchUp? Give the free web app at app.sketchup.com a try. Happy SketchUpping! What are good "next steps" after these first steps? I would recommend working through Chapter 2 in my book, which features a great refresher exercise. Tutorial Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD4NODwJDjQ My Top 10 SketchUp Tips This list shows my key tips. Watch the video for further detail. Tip 1: Toolbars and the Large Tool Set The first thing I do in SketchUp is set up my workspace to my liking. This includes turning toolbars on and off and arranging them on your screen. Tip 2: Understanding units in SketchUp It is important to understand the unit system ("inch is default") and the various ways to enter precise values and...
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Coding Your First SketchUp Extension

Coding Your First SketchUp Extension

In this (beginner!) video tutorial I give a very basic overview of the process needed to create a SketchUp extension from scratch and then distributing it as an RBZ file. Admittedly, this isn't completely from scratch since I am starting with a template file that you can simply download from this site, but the result is a very basic yet fully-functional SketchUp extension. Want to learn more about Ruby scripting? This video does not cover much of Ruby scripting, but you can read up on that topic in Chapter 7 of my book. Tutorial Video https://youtu.be/fDV92tkzTh0 Links Extension template files - You can download those from my website here. SketchUp Ruby API - SketchUp's official API reference. ...
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