Saturday, 31 July 2010

Ideate Explorer for Revit tool

The Ideate Explorer for Revit tool gives you an easy, intuitive and profound way to search, quantify and select elements
in a Revit model.

When having the ability to search, filter and tie up inter-relationships between 10,000+ building elements can make or break your workday, you need one simple, powerful Revit add-on to help you explore, quantify and manage your Revit building information model. Ideate Explorer for Revit® from Ideate, Inc. empowers you to do just that.

Click HERE to read More

Free 30 day trial can be downloaded from HERE

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Great new book: SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization

SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization is a treasure trove of information about making your SketchUp models look their best. Robin emphasizes a workflow that uses powerful but affordable tools (like Kerkythea and GIMP) for photo-rendering, but he also talks about creating better animations, using other Google tools for context modeling, adding entourage, matching photos and plenty more. Every time I open the book, I get sucked into reading another incredibly useful tip. It's definitely the most productive time-passer within arm's reach of my computer.

If you're an experienced SketchUp modeler, you owe it to yourself to pick up Robin's book. Your models will thank you.

The above is to the book on Amazon; here it is on the publisher's website.

Via Google Sketchup Blog

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

AutoCAD DWG Rendering Farm with Project Neon

Rendering of interior space of an office building created using Autodesk’s Project Neon.

Autodesk Project Neon rendering of interior space showing lighting effects, created from an AutoCAD file.

Project Neon is a rendering service that offers greater productivity and a faster turnaround of photorealistic renderings by leveraging the power and compute capabilities of the cloud. Rendering is a time and hardware intensive process that translates 3D models into photorealistic images that allow the design team to optimize the results they deliver to their clients. By harnessing the power of the cloud, customers no longer you have to wait for long periods of time to generate single or multiple views of their designs, The Project Neon service eliminates the need for customers to purchase and maintain expensive hardware for their rendering needs. Providing a realistic view into designs during the entire design process delivers superior results for your customers.

It supports autocad dwg files. Hopefuly in the future it supports revit files. Checkout this video on how it works:

Via Autodesk Labs

Revit to 3dsmax using Vray workflow video

This video capture is the third and final video of the three part series covering migrating the Revit models to 3ds Max to develop the renders using V-ray:

check out my previous post for the first two videos.

Click Here for further info on the project.

Create 3D models from photographs using the web

Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, energy analysis, add-on design, etc.) is now becoming possible using your standard digital camera thanks to advanced computer vision technologies developed by Autodesk, called Camera Factory, and now made available through Project Photofly.

Project Photofly is a technology preview of automatically converting photographs shot around an object or a scene into "Photo Scenes" using the power of cloud computing. The photographs can be shot with any standard digital camera, as long as you follow some shooting guidelines.

Download HERE

The Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly is a small application that you download and install on your Windows computer. This application allows you to submit your photographs to the Project Photofly servers and view the Photo Scenes returned by the Project Photofly servers. You can save a Photo Scene in its native format, RZI (Autodesk ImageModeler 2009 format), or export the scene to the DWG file format.

The Photo Scene Editor executable will operate until August 1, 2011.

download and view more videos here:

Youtube Nonyoutube
Autodesk Labs: Convert Photos to 3D Models photo scene editor music lowered volume.mp4
Autodesk Labs: Tutorial 1 on Creating 3D models from Photographs photo scene editor video tutorial 1.mp4
Autodesk Labs: Tutorial 2 on Manually Stitching and Unstitching photographs from a 3D photo scene photo scene editor video tutorial 2.mp4

Via Autodesk Labs

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Photoshop Tutorial: How to add backgound image onto a rendered scene

Below is a quick tutorial I made on how to add background image onto a rendered scene in photoshop. This could be helpful to add context into ur renders and exisiting site conditions.

Basically, when you render your image out from rendering softwares such as 3dsmax or through rendering plugins within sketchup, save your image as .PNG file or .TGA file as it removes the alpha channel automatically.

However, some rendering programs such as Podium is able to save as .PNG file but not able to remove the alpha channel. Well for me it didn't work when I opened up the .png file in photoshop. Therefore, I had to remove the background manually and add a new background image as shown in the video below:

The video can be downloaded here for better quality viewing:

Saturday, 17 July 2010

3ds Max 2011 imports .skp files

3DS Max 2011 imports SketchUp (SU) files without needing any plug-ins or Connection Extension add ons.  This is most strategic for Autodesk, and I'm sure that Google is all flustered over this one.

So why is this so special?  Well, typically if you wanted to get your model from SU to 3ds Max, you would then have to have a SU Pro license to export your 3d model into either a .3ds or .obj file from SU.  But now that Max imports the .skp file straight up, this means that Max users can forgo the license for their SU software and use the free version.  Perhaps this will force Google to start charging for even the free version of SU.  But in the meantime, Autodesk has the match point.  So it will be interesting to see what happens in the future!

Via 3dsmax rendering

Revit to 3dsmax using mental ray workflow videos

here are two video presentations that show a revit presentation and the other showing the revit model imported into 3dsmax and rendered using mental ray.

Via nzdan and area

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

New and Updated SketchUp Plugins

A lot of new and updated plugins posted in the past couple of weeks. All of these are from the Sketchucation Forums.

Regular Polygon posted a new Superellipsoid plugin for drawing (you guessed it) superellipses. Also note his Sphere plugin has been updated to version 1.1, and Superellipse to 1.2.

 Thomas Thomassen released 3 new plugins:
  • Groups to Components - bulk conversion of Groups to Components.
  • SuperGlue - Quickly stick GlueTo components back to the faces they lie flush with, or use solvent to release them. Simply click and sweep across the faces and components.
  • Draw BoundingBox - Draws a box from the selected Group/Component. Skewed instances supported. 
 See all of Thom's plugins on sketchucation. He is also working on his first pay plugin for Vertex Editing.

WudWorx has release their 2nd sketchup woodworking plugin for drawing mortise and tenon joinery. Their Dovetail plugin being the first.

sahi has posted a plugin Group in Component to create a single Component from multiple copies of a Group.

FTPlus posted an exporter for T3D format. T3D is a format used by epic's 3d engines. Currently only UEd2(Unreal edit) is supported (UT99 e.g.).

Fredo posted a stand-alone script for making curved ramps called CurviShear. In addition, Fredo's beta plugin Curviloft for lofting and skinning has been updated to version 1.0b.

Didier Bur updated his popular Cloud plugin for importing and exporting point clouds in CSV format. Support has been added for DEM files, setting units, layers, and documentation. Not to mention his Ruby Library Depot has been completely updated.

TIG posted a command-line Camera plugin which includes several commands for setting Axo and Iso views.

c.plassais released a plugin for creating colored edges and dotted lines.

kyyu posted a plugin for creating slots for tabs. kyyu is a regular on the phlatforum where he writes sketchup plugins geared towards using SketchUp for 2.5D & 3D CNC design.

Finally, I posted an index of plugins on the Plugins Forum to help folks find and discover a few of the plugins which have been posted on Sketchucation.

Via sketchup plugins

Friday, 9 July 2010

100 AutoCAD tips you should know


Thursday, 8 July 2010

HDR Processing Video

This is a video showing how hdr processing can be carried out:

For an extensive tutorial on how to create HDR images click HERE.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Slicer3: Make physical site models fast on Google Skecthup

A good plugin for sketchup to create topography that can possibly be easily exported for laser cutting purposes.

Start with a terrain surface, then make it a solid (I use the Line tool) and group it.

Choosing X for "Slice Orientation" produces slices that are perpendicular to the X axis.

Specify your units in the Spacing and Thickness fields.

Entering the same value for Spacing and Thickness (and choosing Z for Slice Orientation) yields a traditional contour model.

Read More HERE

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Essay on Digital Architecture

Below is an essay that I wrote on a topic based on Digital Architecture. The research focused on the question below:

The rhetoric around the digital architecture frames it as the new, as distinct and as a new way of thinking about architecture. It is often framed as being distinct from previous ways of thinking in architecture. Digital is being framed as a paradigm shift. What relationship does digital have with architectures past and its present? And what does it mean that the digital’s aim is for continual instability and change without the mark of the designer? Or is it just another style? Refer to the workings of a contemporary digital architect to support your position.

Digital Architecture Essay

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