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CADspan 3D printing plugin for Google SketchUp

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The CADspan Plugin for Google SketchUp allows generation of solid, 3D printable STL files directly from a Google SketchUp model.

The plugin provides several tools to ease the process of preparing a model for 3D printing:

-Resurfacer: Shrinkwrap a model into one continuous, solid mesh

-3D Print Visualization Style: A visual style that highlights problem areas in a model

-Layerize tool: Easily move all geometry within components and groups to a layer

-Smooth/Unsmooth: Toggle smoothing on a model's rounded geometry

-Free Version for personal use and small applications

Rendering Tip - Use self glow for backlit objects

49 votes


(Self glow applied to television screen)

Self Glow illuminates a surface as if it had light shining on it, without actually making it a light.

* Balance illumination in scene without adding additional lights.
* More realistic signs, monitors and projection devices.
* Faster rendering times.

Rendering Tip

51 votes

Tip of the Week - Use Section Planes for realistic interior views

For more information, check out these links.

When rendering the inside of a room it is sometimes a challenge to place the camera properly. There are a few options one could choose from in order to solve this problem, such as:

Rendering Tips

45 votes

This is a new blog of rendering tips.


Although all the images are created from SketchUp models, these tips should be useful for all Photorealistic, 3D rendering engine users.

 Rendering Tips Blog

See all: Rendering Tips


Lego Rendering

I was feeling like "Lego" this morning, so I grabbed this model from the 3d warehouse:

Lego Star Wars Snow-Speeder

NprTools - Non-Photorealistic Tools for SketchUp

64 votes

NprTools - the new plugin for SketchUp to create Soft Shadows and other Non-photorealistic effects for SketchUp has been released by Render Plus.



Take a look at: NprTools

SpaceDesign Free - Attributes and Reports

53 votes

is a new, free for Sketchup to define attributes and create reports


How to Improve Renderings

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130 votes

Great script that allows you to instantly align objects to the surface below. A common example would be scattering people / trees / entourage around a sloping site. With this script, just select your objects, click drop and they instantly fall to the surface below. Easy as can be!

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