SketchUp News: 3d Basecamp Keynote Video

Here’s this year’s SketchUp 3d Basecamp Keynote video. If you have time, it might be worth it to watch the whole thing and see the 2016 SketchUp state of the union. In my opinion, the best part is at the 29 minute mark where you’ll see some great work by Alex Hogrefe of It's mostly Photoshop workflows, and the end result is eye-catching. This kind of work doesn’t have to use SketchUp of course. It’s more a discussion of image quality and feeling. At the 56 minute mark there is an interesting section on feedback based on the types of images Alex posts online. It’s good insight you might consider for the images you make depending on who your audience is.

✱ Methodcast Quickie #1 - Curtain Wall Mullions the Fast and Easy Way

✱ Methodcast Quickie #1 - Curtain Wall Mullions the Fast and Easy Way

In this tutorial I show you how to quickly model window mullions to add that extra level of realism to your model's glass areas. Simple enough right? Yes, it is, but I'll show you how to do it very efficiently.

This is one of those times where it pays to use the right tool for the job. Yes, you can make mullions in any program, but in this case FormZ/Bonzai3d makes it much easier than most.

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✱ Four Ways to Get Inside Your 3d Model

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Sometimes when you’re modeling a project the size of a building, you need to be able to get inside and focus on objects obscured by the outer geometry. In this video tutorial, I show you four ways to get in there so you can do just that, and of course there are a few other tips and tricks along the way.

This is something Bonzai3d and FormZ are really good at, and you can apply these techniques to other 3d modelers like SketchUp and Revit as well. After watching this Methodcast, you’ll be able to use one or more of the following methods:

  • Clipping planes
  • The copy/paste & replace trick
  • Isolate
  • Edit the cone of vision

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✱ Clipping Planes and Section Tools in Bonzai3d

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Hi everyone! I wanted to jump back into making more tutorials, so I’m super excited to show you my latest one on using Bonzai3d’s Section tools and Clipping planes. In this tutorial, I’ll show you the differences between these tools, and how to use them for modeling and for presentations.

You can download a free 30 day trial of Bonzai3d here.

✱ Bonzai3d QuickTip - Flatten CAD Drawings

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Similar to Methodcast 9 where we were using SketchUp, in this QuickTip I show you how to flatten a CAD drawing that is all over the place into something you can draw on top of in Bonzai3d. This is a workaround for an export bug in Bonzai that should be corrected in the next release, but this may be useful for other things once that bug is fixed. 

If you haven’t started using Bonzai3d yet, you should. It’s got a lot of horsepower and is really fun to work with. You can get a free 30 day trial here

Rhino3d model viewer on the iPad

I've been really sick the last two weeks, both schools I teach at are coming to an end (which means it's scramble time), combined with a lot of shuffling and moving going on around here, I'm getting ready to hit the video tutorials this weekend.

On the 3d news front for architectural designers, this is an interesting development:

iRhino3d - Share your insight and inspiration on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

There is nothing like showing your designs and ideas in 3-D. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you want. Load Rhino models from web sites, Google Docs, email attachments (iPad only), or from iTunes (iPad only). Save views as images for markup and emailing.

Never be without 3D, (iTunes App Store link) for almost less than a cup of coffee in Seattle.


iPad viewing a Rhino3d model


  • View any Rhino 3DM files from v1.0 thru 5.0.
  • Browse thumbnails of the Rhino files on your device.
  • Zoom, Pan, and Rotate very large models quickly, even on your iPhone 3GS.
  • Stereo mode supported (3D glasses required).
  • Download from any web server or Google Docs to the model library on your iPad or iPhone in minutes (usually seconds).
  • Open 3DM files attached to an email (iPad only).
  • Use iTunes to copy 3DM files directly to your iPad.
  • Capture views for markup and emailing.
  • E-mail 3DM files directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Click here for more information.

I'm going to download it and give it a try - i just need a 3dm file to test it out with! My impressions will be posted once I give it a go.