✱ Don't Move It - Extend It

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Don’t move that face, extend it! This is one of those tools that sets Bonzai apart from it’s competition and makes it even easier to use. Once you know where to find this tool and you see a few examples of how it works, you’ll wonder how you lived without it for so long.

✱ 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

✱ SketchUp QuickTips - Flatten crappy CAD drawings

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Make your files behave! This video teaches you how to flatten crappy CAD files that you thought were 2d, but were actually really sloppy 3d drawings so you can use them as a base for a 3d model of your design.

Sometimes we get files that look like they are 2d but really aren’t. The lines go all over the place in 3d space, but from the top view they look fine. I’ll show you how to use a workflow that smashes all those lines down flat so the file is usable and you can start extruding shapes over the top of it.

We start out in AutoCad, but this really applies to any Cad package. Then we move the file into SketchUp and run it through the ringer!

✱ Terrain Part Deux: Taking Your Terrain Model from Bonzai3d to Revit & More

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Continuing from our last session where we made a terrain model in Bonzai3d from Google Earth and SketchUp, we take the next step by learning how to export varying densities of meshes out to Revit to create a parametric Toposurface. Then we start talking about additional Toposurface tools available to create and manipulate terrain as well as create a schedule that shows us how much cut and fill we moved around.

Topics I cover in Revit include creating the Toposurface from Imported Instance, adjusting contour distance, adjusting contour display, Split Surface, and how to set up a Cut & Fill Schedule after doing a Graded Region.

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✱ Creating Smooth Terrain Models Using Bonzai3d, SketchUp & Google Earth

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Have you wanted to get some 3d topography into your design files that is actually something you can work with? I mean, don’t you want to be able to add some earth here, and take some away over there?

In this video I show you how to create a smooth, editable terrain model using Bonzai3d’s NURBS tools after getting source geometry from Google Earth and SketchUp.

Google Earth has terrain, which is somewhat accurate, so we want to be able to use that as a starting point for our conceptual designs. The problem is that it’s low resolution, and not very friendly when it comes time to add to it or subtract from it. In this workflow, we end up with a piece of geometry that allows us to manipulate the ground surface. We use three tools to get the final product, but as I always say, use your tools in your toolbox. Sometimes you just can’t do it all in one tool.

See part 2 here!

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✱ Creating Flowing, Organic Glass Curtain Wall Structures in Cinema4d

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This video covers how to make a flowing, dynamic, organic glass and steel roof structure in Cinema4d like the one seen at the Fiera Di Milano Exhibition & Convention Center in Milan, Italy.

Cinema4d’s tools such as hypernurbs, soft selection, atom array, and instancing are all part of this tutorial.

✱ Creating Criss-Cross Structures Under a Complex Curving Roof

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After a couple of weeks off because of a bout with pneumonia, I’m back with a new Bonzai3d tutorial. I’ll show you how to create a criss-cross glulam beam structural system underneath a complex curving roof. We’ll start to explore the NURBS, imprint and derivative tools in Bonzai.

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✱ Preparing & Exporting Line Drawings from SketchUp

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In this video, I show you how to setup your model for exporting line drawings from views into Adobe Illustrator. Then I show you some tools & tricks in Illustrator for modifying the 2d drawings of your 3d models.

✱ Using Components in SketchUp

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This video talks about the difference between components and groups in SketchUp. Learn when and why to use components versus groups, and how you have to manage your scene differently if you choose to use components.