How to Import SketchUp 2023 (SKP) Files into Blender 4.0?

Using Blender to create architectural models is an excellent way to develop marketing materials for a project, utilizing Cycles as the rendering engine. A common workflow involves starting the modeling process in Blender and managing renders with Cycles. But what if you want to integrate 3D data from other tools into Blender? Thankfully, Blender supports […]

BlenderBIM new menu proposal

The open-source nature of all tools we use to create architectural models makes it possible for users to contribute to improving those tools. That is a great way to enhance a workflow or propose changes to multiple features. That was the case for Carlos Villagrasa and an interesting new menu developed for BlenderBIM. On his […]

Botaniq 6.5 released (Free version available)

For architectural projects requiring vegetation, it is pretty hard to get good results with no Add-ons. Today we have some unique options regarding vegetation for Blender, and you can achieve astonishing results with a few clicks. One of those options is Botaniq, which I featured in Blender 3D Architect multiple times. Last month they made […]

Automatically create technical drawings in Blender (Add-on)

A task that we often have to perform as architects is to create technical drawings, and it can be from a small renovation project to ample retail space. No matter what you have in mind, you will need to create technical drawings. What is the best tool to create technical drawings for architecture? Depending on […]

How to import SketchUp 2022 (SKP) files to Blender 3.0?

As part of any workflow related to architectural visualization using Blender, you eventually will have to import data to use either as a reference or develop new designs. The data could present itself in many formats in the architectural business, such as DWG (AutoCAD) or SKP (SketchUp). Both forms are not directly compatible with Blender, […]

Free book generator for Blender (Add-on)

Besides getting all of your architectural models in place for a render, it is common to spend some time adding small details and props to a scene. With furniture and other small objects, you can make the design easier to understand. Those objects help with the scale perception and reinforce your design. One of the […]

Mixing Add-ons for advanced effects (Grassblade and Scatter)

If you are serious about your visualization projects in Blender, I strongly recommend you to start investing in Add-ons that can give an edge in specific tasks. For instance, it is inevitable to need some vegetation models to populate a garden or landscape in exterior visualization projects. Can we create that with no Add-ons? Sure, […]

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