Design – [as] https://alexschreyer.net AEC CAD/BIM, SketchUp, Timber Engineering, Web Design and more... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:10:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i2.wp.com/alexschreyer.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-as-square.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Design – [as] https://alexschreyer.net 32 32 6702894 Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2019! https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-and-a-happy-new-year-2019/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-and-a-happy-new-year-2019/#respond Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:59:42 +0000 https://alexschreyer.net/?p=7388 Merry Christmas 2018! by Alexander Schreyer on Sketchfab Dear friends and colleagues, I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2019! Cheers, Alex P.S. Once again my Christmas card is a simple SketchUp model, made with a randomizing script and [...] Read more..

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Merry Christmas 2018! by Alexander Schreyer on Sketchfab

Dear friends and colleagues,

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2019!

Cheers,
Alex

P.S. Once again my Christmas card is a simple SketchUp model, made with a randomizing script and the amazing MS Physics extension. It was then exported to Sketchfab where I enhanced all textures a bit and applied lighting.

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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2018! https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-happy-new-year-2018/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-happy-new-year-2018/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:40:35 +0000 https://alexschreyer.net/?p=7058 I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2018! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! This year the new UMass John W. Olver Design Building featured quite prominently in my life. Therefore it seemed just fitting to use it as a virtual tree ornament for this [...] Read more..

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I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2018!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

This year the new UMass John W. Olver Design Building featured quite prominently in my life. Therefore it seemed just fitting to use it as a virtual tree ornament for this post. If you would like to know how I did this: It’s modeled in SketchUp as a very simple model and then uploaded to Sketchfab where I fixed the materials, added a background, and applied a few post-processing options, such as bloom.

Cheers,
Alex

 

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False Color @ UMass https://alexschreyer.net/design/false-color-umass/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/false-color-umass/#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:08:57 +0000 https://alexschreyer.net/?p=7039 As anyone who follows our UMass social media feeds (@UMassBCT on Twitter and Facebook) knows, this fall we (the BCT program at UMass) organized an exhibit of some of our work under the title of “False Color”. This exhibit was up in the UMass Design Building since October 8 and will be taken down tomorrow, [...] Read more..

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As anyone who follows our UMass social media feeds (@UMassBCT on Twitter and Facebook) knows, this fall we (the BCT program at UMass) organized an exhibit of some of our work under the title of “False Color”. This exhibit was up in the UMass Design Building since October 8 and will be taken down tomorrow, October 28th.

Some of my work was part of the exhibit and is shown below.

The 3D model of thermographic imagery of the single-family house was actually an older project of mine. For this exhibit, I teamed up with a colleague and we created another one for the Design Building (which houses our offices). You can read more about this project here.

My false color paintings were also an older concept that I had been envisioning for some time now, but never had the time (or occasion) to finish all the paintings. This exhibit finally gave me reason to do so. Here’s my concept behind those:

Painted Data

Acrylic on canvas, 2017

The visual element in data presentation and its ready digestion by the observer can lead to unquestioning acceptance of data that may be perceived as fact. Aesthetically clear visualizations can easily lead to negligence in questioning parameters and assumptions on which the visualizations were based. Because much of such imagery is used to form public opinion, the possibility exists that what should be considered a good tendency—the public and broad understandability of data—can lead to misinformation and lack of depth in understanding the issues at hand.

The paintings shown here were created based on scientific data visualizations. They all employ a False Color display methodology. However, the artistic process of painting removed the direct association (pixel by pixel) between color and data. What at first looks like a clear presentation of data ultimately highlights the fact that the process of creating a visualization consists of limitation, interpretation, and the setting of reference scales.

1: Stress field around a hole
2: Thermal imaging of a house at night (with temperature target)
3: Temperature gradient of a laptop keyboard
4: Census data

This third piece was also a collaborative effort and allowed people to experience thermography interactively. It was basically a thermal camera (FLIR’s IR module), strapped to a display, which proved to be great fun for gallery visitors.

Over the next days, we will be archiving the exhibit on our BCT site. Visit that link soon to see everyone else’s work as well.

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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2017! https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-happy-new-year-2017/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-happy-new-year-2017/#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:28:20 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=6782 I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2017! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Cheers, Alex P.S. This year I had so many nice pictures from our stay in Scotland that I opted for a photo-based holiday image rather than my usual rendering. I took [...] Read more..

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Glenfinnan Viaduct at Dusk

I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a happy and successful new year 2017!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Cheers,
Alex

P.S. This year I had so many nice pictures from our stay in Scotland that I opted for a photo-based holiday image rather than my usual rendering. I took this image on a beautiful fall afternoon from a tourist-filled mountainside in Glenfinnan. I did fiddle with the photo a bit, however (in Lightroom and Fotosketcher).

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Support Hillary with a Website Bumper Sticker https://alexschreyer.net/web-programming/support-hillary-website-bumper-sticker/ https://alexschreyer.net/web-programming/support-hillary-website-bumper-sticker/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:04:51 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=6258 You have put a yard sign up, you have plastered your car with cool bumper stickers, you may even have bought the woman card. Now what? Well, if you have a blog or website then you should be able to show your support there, too. Introducing: The website bumper sticker! As my friends already know, [...] Read more..

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You have put a yard sign up, you have plastered your car with cool bumper stickers, you may even have bought the woman card. Now what? Well, if you have a blog or website then you should be able to show your support there, too. Introducing: The website bumper sticker!

As my friends already know, I am strongly supporting Hillary Clinton for president of the USA! Especially with such a dangerous buffoon on the other side. As a sign of my support, you should be able to see (at least until the election) an “I’m With Her” logo in the top-right corner of this site. Click it and support her, too!

How can I use this, too?

If you would like to use this website bumper sticker for your blog, website etc., copy the code embedded below. Just add it to the html code for your site’s footer (e.g. footer.php in WordPress just before the closing BODY tag) or to any individual page you like (just paste it into the raw HTML) and it should show up automatically.

Of course, I am asking everyone to share this. The code snippet and image are completely free to use by anyone.

P.S.: If you are using Google’s Adsense, don’t forget to adjust its settings to your liking, too.

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Unwrapped Orange https://alexschreyer.net/sketchup/unwrapped-orange/ https://alexschreyer.net/sketchup/unwrapped-orange/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 12:19:46 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=6042 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.

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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.

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Adventures in 3D Printing at UMass Amherst https://alexschreyer.net/sketchup/adventures-3d-printing-umass-amherst/ https://alexschreyer.net/sketchup/adventures-3d-printing-umass-amherst/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:45 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=5810 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 [...] Read more..

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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 SketchUp for 3D modeling of all their projects.

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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2016! https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-and-a-happy-new-year-2016/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/merry-christmas-joyful-holidays-and-a-happy-new-year-2016/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:31:34 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=5660 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 [...] Read more..

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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 new year 2016. Merry Christmas!

Cheers,
Alex

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Upgrading our Bath Fan Light – for Under $25 https://alexschreyer.net/design/5639/ https://alexschreyer.net/design/5639/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:00:41 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=5639 Our bathroom fan light was driving me crazy for a while now. No matter how much wattage I would put into it, the plastic cover only allowed for a very dim light to come out. And the arrangement of the bulb in the fixture together with the housing forced most light to emit downward and to [...] Read more..

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Our bathroom fan light was driving me crazy for a while now. No matter how much wattage I would put into it, the plastic cover only allowed for a very dim light to come out. And the arrangement of the bulb in the fixture together with the housing forced most light to emit downward and to the left. Time for a light upgrade!

To fix these issues, I was thinking about adding a cool looking panel from 3form about 2″ under the light which would be offset by metal standoffs. Unfortunately, even the 3form remainder cutoffs are quite expensive. So I tried a different approach.

As you can see in the gallery below, I did find some standoffs. My 3/4″ x 2″ standoffs are from Signworld and cost me $11 for a set of four. While there are also stainless steel ones available out there, these look great and are well adjustable. For the panel, I went with two sheets of clear acrylic from Home Depot for under $5 each. To get a frosted effect, I decided to put vellum paper between the sheets – at least for now. Having two sheets there I will be able to experiment with all kinds of interlayers, though. I might try some grasses at some point, for example.

So there you have it: A cost-efficient upgrade that looks quite sleek and elegant. The room is now much brighter and the fixture even creates some interesting shadows on the ceiling.

If you try this for yourself, make sure there is enough overlap so that you can’t see the innards of the fixture from the side. Also, use a cool light like an LED or a CFL or the panel might warp (but you were using those anyways, right?).

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Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available! https://alexschreyer.net/cad-bim/second-edition-architectural-design-sketchup-now-available/ https://alexschreyer.net/cad-bim/second-edition-architectural-design-sketchup-now-available/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:00:12 +0000 http://alexschreyer.net/?p=5614 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 [...] Read more..

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Schreyer2e_cover_finalI 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 at the same time provide thorough yet easy to follow examples and tutorials.

I am also very excited to announce a completely new chapter on physically making things with SketchUp that includes 3D printing, CNC cutting, and other techniques. Lots of fun stuff!

As before, this second edition will use the companion website at http://sketchupfordesign.com where you can find free sample chapters, videos, references, 3D models, and tutorials.There are also now over 30 videos that accompany the book and can be accessed using the instructions in the book.

Interested in getting the book? Check out Amazon or Wiley.

Here’s the official press release:

3D Modeling in SketchUp and Digital Making Come Together in Second Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” Book

AMHERST, Mass. — The second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp: 3D Modeling, Extensions, BIM, Rendering, Making, and Scripting,” by Alexander C. Schreyer is being released today.

Schreyer is Program Director of the Building and Construction Technology program, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Conservation, and faculty member in the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This book, which has since its first publication become the main reference, textbook, and sourcebook for designing with SketchUp, uses step-by-step tutorials and full-color illustrations to teach anyone 3D modeling and to show what one can achieve with SketchUp. Trimble SketchUp, the application at the heart of this text, is a popular 3D modeling software that comes in a free and a professional version and is used by students, architectural and interior designers, landscape planners, builders, engineers, and makers worldwide.

Coming three years after a successful first edition, this new version features many updates and improvements but also a completely new chapter on “Making with SketchUp”. This added chapter provides clear instruction to translate what has been designed on the computer into real, physical objects using such techniques as 3D printing, CNC routing, or laser cutting.

3D modeling using computers is ubiquitous nowadays: Every object that we use—phones, furniture, cars, houses, planes—is designed using 3D modeling software. “Even our kids enjoy spending copious time with Minecraft, which is an app that lets them play using 3D modeling”, Schreyer says. He therefore makes the case that not only designers but arguably everyone should know some principles of 3D modeling. And SketchUp, which is used everywhere from elementary schools to multinational architecture firms, is the ideal software for this kind of wide appeal.

Using examples from architectural and interior design as well as construction, landscape architecture, and fabrication, this book takes the reader from a section that reviews the basic principles of SketchUp all the way to advanced architectural design concepts such as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Other topics covered are: photorealistic rendering and presentation, advanced 3D modeling using plugins and extensions, design to fabrication, and scripting using a language called Ruby.

The last chapter in this book on “Creating Geometry Using Ruby Scripting” serves two vastly different purposes: For designers, it provides a way to use a scripting language to create complex computational geometry. For everyone else—and increasingly for school kids—this chapter can serve as a “learn to code” curriculum, which teaches coding principles in a fun and accessible way. “Many argue that coding skills are essential to success in a technology-based society”, Schreyer says. Contrasting with other coding curricula, scripting in SketchUp can produce virtual 3D objects that can then be turned into real objects using 3D printers, which are increasingly available in schools.

This book is being released with a collection of over 30 instructional videos. In addition, an interactive companion website at http://sketchupfordesign.com provides previews of those videos, access to 3D models from the book, and a way to interact with the author and other readers.

This book is being published in paperback and ebook versions by John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

 

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