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Go beyond the basics: making SketchUp work for you
Architectural Design with SketchUp, Second Edition, is the leading guide to this incredibly useful tool for architects, interior designers, construction professionals, and makers. With easy to follow tutorials that first brush up on the basics of the program and then cover many advanced processes, this resource offers both informative text and full-color illustrations to clearly convey the techniques and features you need to excel. The updated second edition has a new chapter that explains how to make things with SketchUp, and covers 3D printing, design to fabrication, CNC milling, and laser cutting. Other chapters also now cover Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D web content generation. Additionally, the revised text offers insight into the latest products and plugin extensions, navigation methods, import/export options, and 3D model creation features to ensure you have an up to date understanding of how to make SketchUp help you meet your project goals.

A leading 3D modeling application, SketchUp features documentation capabilities through photorealistic renderings and construction drawings. Because of its ease of use and ability to be enhanced with many plugin extensions for project-specific applications, SketchUp is considered the tool of choice for professionals in the architecture, interior design, construction, and fabrication fields.

Access thoroughly updated information in an easy to understand writing style
Increase your efficiency and accuracy when using SketchUp and refresh and supplement your understanding of SketchUp´s basics
Explore component-based modeling for assembly, scheduling, collaborative design, and modeling with a BIM approach
Find the right plugin extensions and understand how to best work with them
See how easy it is to generate presentation-ready renderings from your 3D models
Learn how you can use 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting to make things with SketchUp
Use cookbook-style Ruby coding to create amazing 3D objects
Supplement your knowledge with video tutorials, sample files, and Ruby scripts via a robust companion website
Architectural Design with SketchUp, Second Edition, is an integral resource for both students and professionals working in the architecture, interior design, construction, and fabrication industries.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments x

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

About This Book 1

3D for All 6

How Does SketchUp Fit into the Designer's Toolbox? 7

Windows or Mac, Pro or Make? 9

How This Book Works 11

Let's Go! 12

Chapter 2: A SketchUp Refresher 13

Let's Get Started! 13

Interface and Program Setup 15

Adjusting SketchUp's Preferences 18

Working with Templates 20

Setting Units and Fonts 21

Adding Components 23

Views 24

Completed Template 24

SketchUp's Tool Set 24

Navigating the 3D Model 25

Accurate Modeling 27

Groups and Components 34

Applying Materials 43

Using References for Modeling: Images and Location 50

Other Tools 60

SketchUp Best Practices 61

Chapter 3: Component-Based 3D Modeling for Efficient and Data-Driven Designs 64

Group- and Component-Based Modeling 64

Effective Use of Groups and Components 65

Modeling with Production Assembly in Mind 70

Using Dynamic Components to Your Advantage 79

Where Does SketchUp Fit into the BIM Workflow? 87

BIM Classifier and IFC in SketchUp 93

Chapter 4: Using Extensions Effectively 102

What Does an Extension Do? 102

Getting and Using Extensions 103

How Exactly Do Extensions Work? 107

Updating, Uninstalling, and Organizing Extensions 110

Extensions Overview 111

Extensions for General Modeling 112

Extensions for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Modeling 127

Extensions for Digital Fabrication 135

Extensions for Data Integration and Exchange146

Extensions for Animation and Presentation 149

Extensions for Analysis 155

Chapter 5: Rendering in SketchUp 164

Let's Get Visual! 164

What Is Already in SketchUp? 164

Overview of Rendering Methods 175

What Is Photorealistic Rendering? 176

Rendering Techniques 181

Rendering Software 181

Setting Up Kerkythea and Creating a Rendering 186

Perfecting the Components of a Rendering 195

Modeling 195

Environment 201

Lighting 209

Materials 228

Objects 250

Rendering Tips 267

Making Renderings Presentable 268

Combining SketchUp Output and Rendered Output in Photoshop 269

Other Methods 271

Chapter 6: Making Things with SketchUp 274

What Can I Make with SketchUp? 274

Services for Makers 276

Selecting the Manufacturing Technique 277

Cutting Prep 282

Laser Cutting 289

CNC Milling 295

3D Printing 302

Preparing Your SketchUp Model for 3D Printing 302

Exporting and Processing Your Model Outside of SketchUp 312

For More Information About Making 316

Chapter 7: Creating Geometry Using Ruby Scripting 317

Why Computational Geometry? 317

Setting Up Your Computer 319

Installing the Ruby Code Editor Extension 321

More Extensions and External Editors 322

Intro to Ruby and the SketchUp API 323

How Does Ruby Work? 323

What's in SketchUp's Ruby API? 329

Links to Further Reading 332

Creating Geometry with Ruby 333

Lots of Boxes 334

Lots of Boxes with Color 336

Creating a Small City 338

Randomizing Extrusions 340

Using Formulas for Patterned Panels 341

Plotting Data from Text Files 343

Saving Vertices to a Text File 345

Transformations Change Things Up 347

Lots of Boxes Using Components 349

Building a Curved Wall 350

Placing Components on Faces 351

Randomizing Everything 353

Attracted to Attractors 355

Coloring Faces by Proximity 355

Scaling Objects by Proximity 358

Solar-Responsive Design 360

What Else Is Possible with This? 362

Some Pitfalls and Things to Watch Out For 363

Appendix A: SketchUp Quick Reference Cards 365

Appendix B: Ruby Class and Method Reference 370

Appendix C: SketchUp API Class and Method Reference 373

Appendix D: Creating Your Own Extensions 384

RBZ Extension File Structure 384

Extension Template Structure 384

Appendix E: Dynamic Component Function Reference 387

Appendix F: Creating a Simple Custom XML Schema 389

Index 391