SketchUp Modeling IN VIRTUAL REALITY with VRSketch!



In this video, learn to use the SketchUp Extension VRSketch in order to view and edit your SketchUp models straight from Virtual Reality!

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A lot of you know that I’m a big fan of virtual reality – I’ve upgraded my hardware and consistently use my Oculus Rift headset for gaming, as well as occasionally using it for architectural visualization.
In this video, we’re going to check out VRSketch, which is quickly growing to be one of my favorite VR apps for SketchUp!
VRSketch is actually an extension within SketchUp that allows you to not only navigate into your models, but actually create and edit geometry straight from inside your VR headset!
You can download the extension from within the SketchUp Extension warehouse, or by visiting http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/VRSketch
It works for both Oculus Rift, as well as the HTC Vive. The way it works is that you install the extension within SketchUp, then open the model you’d like to view and click the button for “Send to VR.”
This will open up the VRSketch window and send your model to your Oculus Rift headset. There are really two different ways you can experience your models – either from what’s called the “Warehouse” view, where you’re standing in a warehouse building looking around your model, or by actually teleporting into your model, allowing you to experience your models at true scale.
You move around in your models using teleportation, which is great for VR users like me that suffer from motion sickness – it’s a very comfortable experience. One thing that I would like to see is some kind of turning system – right now teleportation seems to only occur facing forward, so turning to view different objects can get a bit tricky.
Performance seems to work really well – I took an un-optimized 3D warehouse model and brought it into VRSketch and didn’t have any issues.
Now, let’s get in to one of the crazier aspects of this tool – you can actually use SketchUp’s modeling tools within the program! You can draw, move, push/pull, and more to both allow you to create new geometry, and to edit existing geometry in the program. Note that changes you make are reflected
In addition, you can add and remove components from within your VR window. You can also apply materials to your SketchUp models from within the program.
There is a feature coming soon that allows multiple people to work in the same model remotely, which could be really interesting for design professionals.
From a cost standpoint, this extension is $5 euros a month for hobby users, and $30 euros a month for a commercial license, which if very affordable for both – it seems like a no brainer for any kind of a studio.
There’s a 14 day free trial, so download it and give it a shot!
You can find more info at http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/vrsketch
Personally, having testing many different VR Apps, I really like what this one is doing – it’s not just another viewer, but instead it’s a tool that actually allows you to get into your models and make changes.

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