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  1. On 5/9/2018 at 6:54 AM, cv2702 said:

    Any hints on how to reduce the count (which I assume needs to be done before importing)?  

    Sketchup models can be "cleaned up and reduced in size' using CleanUp.




    by ThomThom
    Cleans up and optimizes your SketchUp model.



    Fixes duplicate component definition names ( When in model scope )

    Purge unused items

    Erase hidden geometry

    Erase duplicate faces

    Erase lonely edges ( Except edges on cut plane )

    Remove edge material

    Repair split edges

    Smooth & soft edges

    Put edges and faces to Layer0

    Merge identical materials

    Merge connected co-planar faces

  2. APA - The Engineered Wood Association - Resource-library



    CAD details
    Timber frame const - USA



    Advanced Framing 
    Energy Efficient Assemblies 
    Fire Rated Systems 
    Glulam Beams 
    I-Joist Floor Framing
    I-Joist Sprinkler Mounting
    Lateral Load Connections 
    Moisture management 
    Panel Floor Construction
    Panel Roof Construction
    Panel Wall Construction
    Special Systems 
    Structural Insulated Panels
    Wall Bracing 

    5ad97fd0b68a2_1804-20apacad_org.thumb.JPG.52b1e3de40497fee373bf7930cd2c8f9.JPG  5ad990e0d032f_1804-20apacad.org001.thumb.JPG.3601d91a7afb461aae67a5b978cfcf7c.JPG


  3. Free Texture Library: Pixar One Twenty Eight

    BACK TO OVERVIEW 6 May 2015

    I’m always on the lookout for good asset libraries. Here’s an interesting one that I thought you might enjoy: a library of 128 tiling texturemaps by Pixar, released under a Creative Commons license! While they date from 1993, Pixar has upgraded them for release. Enjoy!


    Pixar One Twenty Eight includes:

    • 15 beautiful bricks
    • 13 fine fabrics
    • 2 fences
    • 3 floors
    • 15 ground covers
    • 8 marvelous metals
    • 8 terrific roofs
    • 9 sidings
    • 2 animal skins
    • 12 elegant stones
    • 10 walls
    • 28 exotic wood

    And more … snails, paper clips, & iridescent ribbon

    Updated for 2015

    The texture library has been upgraded and now includes bump and normal maps. While created in 1993, this library still has many potential uses.

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  4. 3d Warehouse has lots of low poly 3d people,

    try search string "3d warehouse low poly 3d models" in your browser.


    Check out one example below:




    Note data box on the right.

    In particular check sizes:
    .skp File Size   2.7 MB
    Polygons 5772


    3d Models will slow down Chief.

    Place 3d models on separate layers so you can control which 3d models are required for

    particular "scenes" or camera views.


    Turn off 3d models when they are not required ( which is most of the time)




  5. Medeek Truss Plugin

    - Vendors and material suppliers whose products appear within the Medeek Truss Plugin



    Vendors and material suppliers whose products appear within the Medeek Truss Plugin. If you have any suggestions for new products or material suppliers you would like to see added to the plugin please feel free to contact us.

    Connectors and Hardware


    Simpson Strong-Tie
    • Hurricane Ties: H1, H2.5A, H10A
    • Top Flange Hangers: ITS1.81/9.5, ITS1.81/11.88, ITS1.81/14, ITS1.81/16, ITS2.06/9.5, ITS2.06/11.88, ITS2.06/14, ITS2.06/16, ITS2.37/9.5, ITS2.37/11.88, ITS2.37/14, ITS2.37/16, ITS2.56/9.5, ITS2.56/11.88, ITS2.56/14, ITS2.56/16, ITS3.56/9.5, ITS3.56/11.88, ITS3.56/14, ITS3.56/16,
    • Face Mount Hangers: IUS1.81/9.5, IUS1.81/11.88, IUS1.81/14, IUS1.81/16, IUS2.06/9.5, IUS2.06/11.88, IUS2.06/14, IUS2.06/16, IUS2.37/9.5, IUS2.37/11.88, IUS2.37/14, IUS2.37/16, IUS2.56/9.5, IUS2.56/11.88, IUS2.56/14, IUS2.56/16, IUS3.56/9.5, IUS3.56/11.88, IUS3.56/14, IUS3.56/16,
    • Face Mount Hangers - Solid Sawn: LUS24, LUS26, LUS28, LUS210


    Engineered Wood Products


    • I-Joists: Trus Joist® (TJI 110, TJI 210, TJI 230, TJI 360, TJI 560, TJI 560D)



    Boise Cascade
    • I-Joists: BCI® (BCI 4500, BCI 5000, BCI 6000, BCI 6500, BCI 60, BCI 90)



    • I-Joists: LP SolidStart® (LPI 450, LPI 530, LPI 18, LPI 36, LPI 56)



    Red Built
    • I-Joists: Red-I (45, 65, 90, 90H, 90HS)



    • I-Joists: SAFEjoists (PKI 10, PKI 20, PKI 23, PKI 35Plus, PKI 40, PKI 50)


    Siding Materials


    James Hardie
    • Lap Siding: Hardie Plank® Select Cedarmill (Heathered Moss, Countrylane Red, Khaki Brown, Boothbay Blue)


    Roofing Materials


    IKO Industries
    • Asphalt Shingles: IKO Cambridge (Weatherwood, Dual Black, Driftwood, Earthtone Cedar, Harvard Slate, Aged Redwood, Dual Grey, Dual Brown, Charcoal Grey)



    • Metal Roofing: 5V Crimp (Antique Bronze, Brick Red, Evergreen)


  6. Check out the following links
    that list released videos of Chief X10


    Refer to posts  #38 forward



    All Chief X10 Videos





    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek - Library Catalogs and Content
    303 views · 19 December


    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek - Schedules and Materials Lists
    1.2k views · 15 December


    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek - Cabinet Features
    1.1k views · 12 December


    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek – 3D Rendering
    1.3k views · 8 December


    Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest Entries
    499 views · 7 December


    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek - Editing Features
    1.3k views · 5 December


    Chief Architect X10 Sneak Peek - Productivity
    1.9k views · 2 December


    Chief Architect X10 Trailer
    1.9k views · 30 November

  7. Shear wall

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Main article: Earthquake engineering
    A typical timber shearwall is to create braced panels in the wall line using structural plywood sheathing with specific nailing at the edges and supporting framing of the panel.

    In structural engineering, a shear wall is a structural system composed of braced panels (also known as shear panels) to counter the effects of lateral load acting on a structure.


     Wind and seismic[1] loads are the most common loads that shear walls are designed to carry. Under several building codes, including the International Building Code (where it is called a braced wall line) and Uniform Building Code, all exterior wall lines in wood or steel frame construction must be braced. Depending on the size of the building some interior walls must be braced as well.


    A structure of shear walls in the center of a large building—often encasing an elevator shaft or stairwell—form a shear core.

    Shear walls resist in-plane loads that are applied along its height. The applied load is generally transferred to the wall by a diaphragm or collector or drag member. They are built in wood, concrete, and CMU (masonry)


    Plywood is the conventional material used in wood (timber) shear walls, but with advances in technology and modern building methods, other prefabricated options have made it possible to inject shear assemblies into narrow walls that fall at either side of an opening. Sheet steel and steel-backed shear panels in the place of structural plywood in shear walls has proved to provide stronger seismic resistance.

  8. Thank you PSchuyler for posting

    a very detailed overview of some cheaper alternatives.

    I am sure as we move forward in this new medium we will get a better idea as to how to use it.


    My first experience with 1:1 scale on a Vive was like WOW, THIS IS NEAT!


    The software is continuing to be developed as the hardware improves in its capacity to handle the

    computations required.  There are interesting years ahead as the software settles out and the front runners appear


    Right now Sketchfab is making some interesting additions with "sound" and "annotations".

    Those ChiefTalk user who are interested might want to drop over to the various talk groups

    and see what is in the works.

  9. VR  software Kubity and Sketchfab - update on their use.

    with web viewing on computer and VR viewing with a headset/cardboard viewer.


    Web VR websites offer design benefits as easy web viewing of your 3d models early in the design & design development phase.
    Web services as Sketchfab and Kubity are two that offer web services that allow easy viewing of
    your model concepts and ideas.
    Using web based 3d viewers gives simple and easy access to your design models for clients and prospects in the concept and design development phase.
    This easy access via the web aids new clients or prospects to quickly understand your design intent from any web device at the office, home or in their local cafe.
    These web viewers assist in improved presentation and marketing of your design service
    on your website and in your follow-up of connections and leads.
    Benefits of Sketchfab (or Kubity for VR viewing on web phones)
    1. Prospects or clients can view model sections with ease anytime anywhere.
    Available on any web device it allows impromptu and
    spontaneous discussions and review of design ideas by interested parties.
    2. VR viewing on web phones is best for small sections of your 3d model.
    Even a house would be best "cut up" to show only the key areas as kitchen, bathroom and living areas
    This makes it simpler for the viewer to navigate in VR is the model is small as illustrated by the attached example.
    At present Kubity is the best as it allows "teleporting" or jumping from one spot to the next.
    Basically, it is a small red dot that you point at your desired location.  Holding the dot steady in that location for
    approximately 10 seconds triggers a switch that is indicated by a spiked white circle surrounding
    the circumference until complete and then you view is "jumped or teleported" to your new location.
    Generally, you will have to move your head about to regain eye level viewing after your "jump or teleport".
    Kubity allows a free 20 minutes of viewing a download model, which allows the testing of the above 
    VR teleporting.
    VR viewing in Sketchfab does not at present (I assume they are working on it) allow a smooth "jump or teleport" 
    To move around your model you have to physically reset your location by manually touching your phone.
    With my headset viewer, this means taking the phone out of the cradle and tapping my next move, frustrating!
    Sketchfab, however, offers a free plan that allows uploading of your model with the restriction that it can
    be viewed by the "world" and limitations of only 5 annotations compared to 50 for the paid plan.
    3. Pro accounts with Sketchfab and Kubity allow privacy protection of your models using a unique code.
    Test Examples are:
    Kubity model for VR viewing with headset or cardboard viewer
    Sketchfab simple example with annotations.
    Red dot teleporting or jumping in Kubity VR cardboard or headset

    Posting by Medeek at:
    by medeek » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:30 am

    There seems to be some confusion regarding the licensing for the plugins.  Just to be clear

    when you purchase a license it is permanent, it will work forever. 

    There is no need to renew your license for continuous functionality.

    Sample Model - view on any web device and in VR using iphone with cardboard viewer or headset
    Sketchfab LINK: