SketchUp tip: How to make 3D previews - [Link]
3D models in Google SketchUp look great, but with a few extra plugins the results can look photo-realistic. In this tutorial we’ll cover our experience with the Maxwell for Google Sketchup rendering plugin.
The Maxwell Fire engine is easy to use. It’s integrated directly into SketchUp so you don’t need to open any other application to render photo-realistic images of your models.
The goal of this guide is to help you make awesome looking images of your projects for documentation and presentation.
Make realistic 3D renderings of PCB designs - [Link]
EagleUp is a new way to render Eagle PCBs in 3D. It integrates with Google Sketchup so it’s possible to design cases around the PCB model:
version 4 has been released. Most of the import and export procedures have been automatized to simplify the process, so that you can focus in design, and not in the conversion 2D/3D.
With the version 4, you export from Eagle in 2 clicks, and import into sketchup in 3 clicks. No more tiring image creation and manual import necessary. Give it a try !
EagleUP brings PCBs to Google Sketchup - [Link]
RS Components has released PCB Converter for SketchUp, a software tool that converts CAD files in Intermediate Data Format (IDF) to Collada format for use in SketchUp. This enables designers to use SketchUp as a 3D CAD back-end for to PCB design and brings SketchUp into the electronic product design realm. [via]
Converter for Google SketchUp gives PCB designers 3D eCAD functionality – [Link]
Google and Ponoko have issued a $3,776 challenge – who’s the best at showing the world “How to use Google SketchUp for Ponoko 3D printing ?
If you haven’t discovered Ponoko yet, you’re in for a treat. Ponoko is about turning the stuff you dream up into physical objects that you can hold in your hands. Nothing beats seeing your designs come to life.
Google and Ponoko announce a nice competition and the challenge is to produce a piece of instructional content.
Competition: Google and Ponoko promote 3D printing – [Link]
Here is a nice 3D model of arduino board made by “Bussoli” using Google SketchUp. Bussoli writes:
What I haven’t been able to find were any physical representations of the board itself that I could use for things like case modding or fabrication. So I decided to model the board in Google Sketchup myself and post it for everyone to use.
Arduino Sketchup Model – [Link]