Building a Wood-Concrete Composite Bench with CLTs

Some of my students recently finished building a “severely overdesigned” wood-concrete composite bench that serves as a mockup for the floor system in our new building at UMass. You can read all about it (and check out the photo gallery) here: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/building-a-wood-concrete-floor-mockup-bench/

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2015!

As every year, let’s celebrate the season with a bit of digital “bling”! This time, it’s just a simple SketchUp model of a fractal tree that I enhanced a bit in Sketchfab’s editor. Yes, it is WebGL and you are allowed to play with it. Have fun! To you and your loved ones a peaceful […] Read more..

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

While Santa is getting settled in his new abode (looks like there is still some construction to do), it is time for me to wish you all wonderful holidays, a relaxing time with your family and friends and all the best for the new year! I hope to meet you, see you, email you or […] Read more..

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2013!

I sincerely hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. Enjoy your holidays (whatever you celebrate and wherever you are) and any time off that you can spend with your family. I wish you all a successful new year and all the best for your future endeavors. It remains to be seen whether politicians […] Read more..

My SketchUp Book is Out!

This is an exciting week! My book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available from all of the online booksellers and should be in stores soon, too. After a year of writing and a few months editing and finalizing, it feels really good to see the final product now on store shelves and on Amazon’s […] Read more..

How can you turn yourself into a vase?

Still need a good present idea and have a MakerBot laying around? Using SketchUp, you can easily turn your or a loved one’s silhouette into a rotational sculpture that can be a pedestal, vase, candle holder or anything else you like. With a 3D printer or a CNC lathe you have everything you need to […] Read more..

2012 SketchUp 3D Basecamp Recap

Now that the fourth SketchUp 3D Basecamp is over and the participants are heading home, it’s time to look back and recap some of the news and things that happened at the event. But first I have to say that Trimble’s SketchUp gang has yet again put together an amazing event in Boulder, their hometown. I […] Read more..