Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Specialty Book: Modeling with SketchUp for Interior Design

The second book in the SketchUp Specialities Series is now officially released! (The first book is Modeling with SketchUp for 3D Printing.)

Drum roll....

Modeling with SketchUp for Interior Design



This book is an updated version of the book I wrote for Pearson Press back in 2011, when SketchUp 8 was current. This book is changed a bit and updated for SketchUp 2014. (If you're working with an earlier version of SketchUp, the projects in the book still work the same way; only a few icons have changed.)

If you're an instructor, the book works perfectly as a textbook. Each section contains a step-by-step project, followed by a "Model It Yourself" project that reinforces concepts, and can be used as class or home assignments. There are 40 of these projects. And each chapter comes with a set of review questions.

What's covered in this book? You can see the entire book's contents here, and here is a list of topics:
  • Modeling an empty room
  • Furnishing a room with 3D Warehouse models, correcting common model errors
  • Modeling furniture from scratch (straight and curved pieces including tables, sofas, cabinets)
  • Working with colors and materials (changing base colors, resizing, texture positioning)
  • Working with digital images ("free pin" positioning, tracing, modeling based on a photo)
  • Kitchen design (dynamic components, cabinet plans, counters and sinks)
  • Model presentation (layers and scenes, presenting multiple design or material options, walk-throughs)
  • Working drawings (labels, dimensions, plans)
  • Additional resources (tutorials, models, rendering applications)
If you're an instructor and you're interested in viewing an evaluation PDF of this book, please email us to receive a copy. Be sure to let us know where and what you teach.

Here's the link again for this great new book. Enjoy!

 





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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Math is Beautiful

Like pretty pictures? I got these from Cye Waldman, a retired engineer who's been doing mathematical modeling for over 40 years. The images below weren't created in SketchUp (he uses Matlab), but he just got one of my books to learn how to make them in SketchUp.

Here are some of his Voderberg patterns:




And here's the book that shows how to make these, and others:

If you're a math geek (and maybe even if not), you'll love what Cye has to say:
By way of introduction, I’m a retired engineer/physicist/mathematician with 40-odd years of experience in mathematical modeling. Upon retiring, I took up recreational math and have had a number of papers accepted at the National Curve Bank (specific links below). A few months ago I turned my attention to tiling. I do all my work in the complex plane, it really simplifies things. This morning I undertook to model Voderberg tiling. I parameterized it in terms of two angles and calculated all nine arm lengths. (Actually, I start out by taking one of them to be unity.) Well, one of the angles must be 12 degrees and the other is limited to ~111-153 degrees without lines crossing. Thus, with 20 lines of code I have a generalized Voderberg tile. The material in your book helped me proceed further very quickly. Especially the tile sets required for the outer rings. I also found that I could use the conjugate tiles to good advantage and that I could construct an ordinary rectangular tiling as well. This tiling gives me access to any of the wild transformations you see at the Web site. The computation of tiling takes about 0.02 seconds and then another 0.2 seconds to render.

Cye also can tile those Voderbergs linearly:


And like this:


Lastly, here's his Hirschhorn 72-degree tile.


Cye's five interior angles, which would be a bit cumbersome to enter in SketchUp are:

A=72
B=149.7625334152863
C=82.2920272638380
D=108
E=127.9454393208759

If you like this stuff, here are some links to some of Cye's animations on the Curve Bank pages. Warning - hypnotic!

Sinusoidal Curves

Fibonacci Spiral and more Fibonacci Spiral

Polynomial Spiral

Gamma Pulse

 and my favorite, Valentine Heart Tesselations





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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Get the 3D Printing Models from my Book

Thanks for the great feedback on the new 3D printing book - so far it seems to be a hit! 


I've put many of the models from the book online for anyone to download for free. (Though of course the idea is for you to use the book to learn how to make these models on your own!)

In case you haven't looked yet, here is a summary of all of the models in the book. If you want something from this summary that doesn't appear on the download list below, please let me know and I'll add it.

You can find these download models on a relatively new website: http://3dfilemarket.com. This UK-based site was set up recently by high school teacher Phil Cotton, who found me via the book release announcement from 3D Printing Industry.

Here's what Phil wrote when he contacted me about getting my models on his site:
My background in 3D printing stems from teaching it in school, and then winning a 3D Print Show Award for Educational Excellence. Before this I was a Industrial Design graduate from Loughborogh University in the UK. As a hobby I was designing for Cubify, and when they ended their marketplace I wanted somewhere else to host my models. Also, I had shown my high school CAD students that they could get paid for good models, so it turned into an enterprise / business aspect of teaching. 
I can see your book becoming a very big educational feature - students will be able to self-teach at home at their own pace, and not be constrained by lesson timings. Independent learning is a massive thing many student lack at the moment.
So here are the links to download my models:
DNA (my favorite!)




Jewelry Box (with dovetail joints, no glue needed!)



Penrose Rhombs ("fat" and "skinny" tiles)





 Die with Numbers (no dots here!)

Enjoy, and please feel free to share your own 3D printing models with me!








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Monday, March 17, 2014

Modeling with SketchUp for 3D Printing - Book is Out!

Drum roll.... after several months of writing and printing and printing and writing some more, the 3D printing book is finished! Here it is:

The projects in this book demonstrate tools, techniques, and the essential plugins you'll need to design and print fabulous models you can actually hold in your hand. These models can be sent to any 3D printer; the only limit is your imagination.

As always, we've got it in PDF format as well as color print.

And as always, we've got a Sampler PDF so you can check out each and every project I've demonstrated in the book.

My blog post from last month showed a few of the projects from the book. And just as I was ready to wrap things up, my daughter asked for a DNA model for school. So here's that one - the last project in the book (and my favorite):


As you might have noticed on the cover image, this book is part of the new "SketchUp Specialties Series" (the first book, actually). More in this series are planned, including collaborative books on SketchUp for interior design, film / stage, kitchens / baths, and more.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3D Printing: Keeping me Busy

Creating 3D printed models for my upcoming book on SketchUp and 3D printing has been a bit of a whirlwind. I complete one thing, then get an idea for another, then spend hours printing, rinse, repeat.

Here are some of my favorite projects - all of these (and much more!) will be included in my book.

My kids insisted that I show this one first, since it was their design request: Lego bunk beds.

 And here are some more, representing just a bit of what I've been doing.








 Stay tuned for the upcoming book launch announcement. And if you're not on our mailing list, be sure to use the signup link below!



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Great New Book on LayOut

No, this one's not by me!

My colleague and fellow SketchUp author, Matt Donley of MasterSketchUp, has recently published a book on using SketchUp Pro and LayOut.



While my own LayOut book has step-by-step instructions, Matt's book focuses more on best practices and tips for the typical LayOut user, people such as architects, landscape architects, interior designers, etc.

The first half of the book is on how to best prepare your SketchUp model for LayOut. The rest shows how to produce real-world drawings of your models.

Matt is offering three packages (scroll down to the bottom of the web page for details):
  • book alone (280 page PDF)
  • book with hatches, materials, and styles
  • book with video (pre-order at the moment)
Am I worried about a competing book? Not at all - the books are rather different in focus. (And besides, I'm an affiliate reseller for the book, so I'm happy for everyone to buy it!


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nice STEM / 3D printing video

A friend pointed me to this video, which her teenage daughter was involved in making (she's the voice of the character "Nine."

This is a cute description of a 3D printing scenario, and does a nice job of piquing kids' interest in how to make things.




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Enjoy!

Monday, December 23, 2013

My New House

Well a printed one, that is.

In SketchUp I modeled the house with window and door cutouts, then added the window and door frames to be printed separately. The roof (whose two pieces are sitting in the house), were also printed separately, in two halves that could be glued together but fit pretty well on their own.

The house itself took NINE hours to print, but the rest of the pieces were much faster.

I needed to snap pictures quickly, since my kids are itching to steal this house for their Lego Friends characters....

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