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 centres have set up 3D virtual tours, meaning that you can see the frontages of the shops via Google Earth. It’s also possible to show what you would like to have, as a separate model. However it is far simpler to use Google Street View to set up basic tours. The existing views will be out of date so you’d need to create 360-degree “photo spheres”: here

The ultimate step would be to offer a virtual tour of products and services, but that need not resemble the interior of any premises; it could just be a virtual bazaar / a visual catalogue. Anything of that nature needs to be kept up to date daily or hourly and to accept orders and queries during opening times (or around the clock!).

The social media have developed so much since 2012 that I reckon any big project/investment would fail to keep up. So it’s probably better to spot small, quick (“pop-up”) opportunities to publicise the town centre online and attract shoppers to particular events.

Ideas welcome, especially ones that apply the creative talents of North Herts. College (as the 3D Competition did, along with digital businesses) and our new Da Vinci School of Creative Enterprise!”

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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 for celebrating less well-known buildings (“Hidden Gems of Letchworth”) and others are in the offing…

So it’s Goodbye to all who have taken part in or otherwise supported the 3D_lgc project or just visited this site, with Best Wishes and Happy SketchUp-ing (or should that be “Sketching-Up”? We may never know…).

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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 possible applications of Minecraft have been discussed extensively, especially in the fields of computer-aided design and education. …”

“In September 2012, Mojang began the Block By Block project in cooperation with UN Habitat to create real-world environments in Minecraft.”

“A wide variety of educational activities involving the game have been developed to teach students various subjects, including history, language arts and science. …”

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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 by using photos taken by an Android phone or DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. The tool lets users connect various photos and, once published, people can navigate between them on Google Maps.”

Advice on taking the photographs and turning them into a spherical set (a “photo sphere”) is given here.

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Thanks to a notice by TechRepublic, here are five utilities for use with Google Earth:

 

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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 push-pull tool, JPP can maintain the continuity of the offset surfaces (mode joint push pull). This is useful to thicken non-planar surfaces.
JPP also includes two additional modes: Vector and Normal working with multiple faces.

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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 design into interactional 3D automatically inside SketchUp. … SketchUp users can easily transfer and upload their design through any smartphone, tablet or any web browser and review their design any time and from any location.”

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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 having so many textures rapidly. This can be useful if you want to quickly share a file that is too big because of extensive textures. It can also be beneficial if any user applies photos directly from the camera and intends to batch-downsample to an optimum resolution.”

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