SketchUp Glossary: Groups Versus Components

SketchUp Glossary: Groups Versus Components

What is the difference between Groups and Components?  This is a common question brought up by first time SketchUp users,  The next question is usually when to use which. Groups Just as the name implies. Groups is simply a way to combine certain objects together.  For instance if you were working on the landscape of a project,  you will find it quite useful to be able to Group all the trees together so you can hide them in one shot, Allowing you to adjust the topography without having to contend…

Best computer for BIM and 3D Rendering

Best computer for BIM and 3D Rendering

Best computer for BIM and 3D Rendering UPDATED APRIL 2017 I was recently tasked with upgrading the Computer’s in my office for our upcoming software switch to Revit and 3D Studio Max. For the most part our office was using AutoCAD Architecture and the lower end computer requirements kept our equipment somewhat basic. However, with the switch to new software, our computer requirements became complex which sent me on the search for the best equipment at a reasonable price. Through this extensive research process, I learned a few tricks, different…

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 1 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 1 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 1 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp SketchUp is a 3d-Modeling program currently owned by Google. Originally it was developed by Last Software in 1999 as an easy to use design tool that design professionals could emulate working with pen and paper. It was meant to be accessible for anyone to pick up and design anything in 3-D. Google purchased the software in 2006 and expanded it’s reach to the masses and used as a way to populate Google Earth as well as…

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp In this multi-part tutorial I will show you the basics of SketchUp to get you started on your own design. Whether it is for professional, educational models or just for your own fun. In this tutorial we will work through the basic tools in SketchUp while finishing your first small building. At the end of the last Tutorial, SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 2, you should end up with a model similar to the one below. To…

SketchUp To Artlantis Tutorial from SketchUpArtists.org

SketchUp To Artlantis Tutorial from SketchUpArtists.org

If you are new to Artlantis and the process to create renderings from a SketchUp model, this Tutorial will takes you through the basics and gets you ready to work on your own projects.  The topics discussed are  Importing a Sketchup file, Cameras, Sun, Materials, Environment, Lights and Render.  This is a perfect primer for your Artlantis needs. Tutorial Excerpt: SketchUp to Artlantis The Beginning Let’s take a simple SketchUp model with some colored boxes, a plan and a texture…there you are, the stage is set. Basic Model   To…