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Unwrapped Orange

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When cleaning up after the kids (yet again!) I noticed a familiar pattern in an orange peel one of them had left behind. It appears that our daughter came to the same conclusion about how to unwrap a sphere that my Unwrap and Flatten SketchUp Extension‘s algorithm did, too.

Place Shapes with Units

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When I initially made my Place Shapes Toolbar extension for SketchUp, I created it with a weird unit convention that used one foot as base size in the US and one meter everywhere else. That did not make much sense at all, because even in the US, folks might want to use millimeter-sized shapes for 3D printing […]

My SketchUp News Extension just got prettier

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As you may know, I have written a SketchUp extension that lets you follow SketchUp news (official and inofficial) and discussions right within SketchUp. You can install it from the Extension Warehouse or the SketchUcation PluginStore and then afterwards access it anytime you like from SketchUp’s Help menu. Because Yahoo recently discontinued its Pipes technology, I […]

Adventures in 3D Printing at UMass Amherst

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A recent promotional video for the new UMass Library MakerBot Innovation Center features many students from my fall course “Adventures in 3D Printing”. I also got interviewed for the piece. We all were very fortunate to be some of the first users of this exciting new center. You can also see in the video how the students used […]

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2016!

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For this year’s Christmas post, I went back to a simple rendering approach. Mixing some extruded shapes, eroded boxes, basic materials and a few lights makes for a nice, moody image. As always, all done in SketchUp (and Twilight). To you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a happy and successful […]

What’s new in SketchUp 2016?

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Last week, Trimble released SketchUp 2016. Find out what’s new and improved in my blog post on sketchupfordesign.com: http://sketchupfordesign.com/news/sketchup-2016-is-out/

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

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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 […]

Second Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is almost here!

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After the success of the first edition of my SketchUp book, I went back through the text for the second edition and updated quite a bit of content. My main goal was to keep it highly relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and at the same time provide thorough yet easy to follow […]

3D Warehouse’s New 3D Printing Features

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Can you 3D print this? Usually not without some cleanup, but SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse has a cool new feature that helps you out here. You can read about it in my blog post: http://sketchupfordesign.com/news/making-everything-3d-printable/

Place Shapes Toolbar Extension for SketchUp

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This extension adds a toolbar (and some menu items) that lets you easily place several common 3D shapes (geometric primitives).