Author Archives: John Webb

3D printing of small houses

  BBC News article: “A company in China has used giant 3D printers to make 10 full-sized, detached single-storey houses in a day, it appears.” article

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P.S. about the BID (Business Improvement District)…

Just when I thought it was OK to close this blog, up pops a mention in Streetlife: here I have replied as follows: “Here is the link to the 3D Competition’s “Carry on modelling!” page: here Some towns and city shopping … Continue reading

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CLOSING THIS BLOG

It is  over two years since the Finale of the 3D_lgc Competition in 2011 and time to move on to new projects. One such will use thermal imaging to help people acheive energy savings (c/o Transition Town Letchworth), another is … Continue reading

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Minecraft: user-friendly CAD software using textured blocks

“Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. …” Minecraft site with 1-minute video, Wikipedia article “The … Continue reading

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Google accepts users’ street view tours with photo spheres

“Google lets users create own Street View” article “Google has unveiled a new tool that allows users to create a Street View – a 360 degree virtual tour – of any place and share it using Google Maps. These can be created … Continue reading

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Thanks to a notice by TechRepublic, here are five utilities for use with Google Earth: SketchUp (of course!) to create 3D models for Google Earth. RoboGEO is a utility for geo tagging image files. Google Earth KMZ or KML to GPS Converter to convert Google … Continue reading

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Using Building Maker with SketchUp

The video “Google SketchUp 8: Geo-modelling” shows how to use the  aerial photo perspectives from Google Earth to create a 3D model that you can then edit in SketchUp and upload to Google Warehouse: here (3.5 minutes)

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Joint Push-Pull plug-in

This tool looks impressive – see the video – though it’s not obvious when some features would be needed! (e.g. random extents) here “JointPushPull is a script that performs push pull on multiple faces in one operation. Unlike the native Sketchup … Continue reading

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Kubity plug-in

This seems intriguing but is not explained clearly: here The site invites pre-registration for the beta version, to be launched on 17 January 2013, along with short videos. “Kubity is a new cloud based application that instantly & directly converts any … Continue reading

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Plug-in: Texture Resizer for SketchUp

This plug-in seems useful – not tried out: details “This Plugin facilitates users to reduce the size of all textures in the model / selection. The SketchUp users can utilize this plugin at the time of sharing a large file … Continue reading

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