SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

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SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

Postby SimLab » Mon May 16, 2011 1:13 pm

The latest release of SimLab Composer (2.3) adds new free SketchUp integration component. Installing SimLab Composer \ SketchUp integration component (after installing any edition of SimLab Composer 2.3) will add the following menu to Google SketchUp

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The new integration adds the following capabilities to SketchUp:

Import 3D models

SketchUp user will be able to import all files formats supported by SimLab Composer directly to SketchUp, this includes FBX, OBJ, STEP, IGES, ACIS, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, 3D PDF, 3D XML, U3D, STL

Export 3D models

SketchUp user will be able to export current models to any of the file formats supported by SimLab Composer including FBX, OBJ, U3D, 3D PDF, and STL

Export to IPad

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Current model can be exported directly from inside SketchUp as a SimLab Archive file (*.zim) which can be opened by SimLab CAD Viewer on IPad, IPhone and IPod touch

Transfer to SimLab

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The user can transfer current SketchUp model to SimLab Composer, this will automatically open SimLab Composer in mini (plugin) mode. The user can use mini mode to assign materials from the material library, to change 3D PDF settings, and to create scene states.

Rendering

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SimLab Composer Rendering and Animation editions enable the user to render the current model from inside SketchUp.
Rendering from inside SketchUp utilizes SimLab Composer retain material capability, which means it is enough to assign rendering materials once inside SimLab Composer (plugin mode). Performing a rendering from inside Google SketchUp after that will automatically update materials to high quality rendering materials, which will make working on multiple stages of the model faster and easier.

SimLab Composer can be downloaded from http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/ ... trial.aspx
SimLab Composer / SketchUp integration can be downloaded from http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/ ... ation.aspx

SimLab Composer 2.3 and the integration plugin are supported of Windows and Mac

SLOJAM
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Re: SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

Postby SLOJAM » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:56 pm

When will the solidworks import feature be supported in the mac version of simlab?

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Re: SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

Postby SimLab » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:35 pm

We are using a component from SolidWorks for reading SolidWorks files, this component is only available on Windows.
You still have few options on MAC. You can export one of the following file formats from SolidWorks and import it on MAC

1- exporting STEP
2- 3DXML
3- U3D

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Re: SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

Postby SLOJAM » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:29 pm

Thanks for the reply. I have tried the STP export and it works reasonably well..just looking for a more integrated solution.

Will this be possible in the future or is this always going to be a limitation?

Jim

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Re: SimLab Composer 2.3 as a SketchUp plugin

Postby SimLab » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:51 pm

I do not see this changing soon due to the components we need from SolidWorks. We will change this if they added mac support to the components we are using.
My advice to you is to try 3DXML the good thing about 3DXML and U3D is that the tessellation is done inside SolidWorks and they maintain more material information than STEP


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