Bonnie Roskes

Bonnie Roskes has been writing tutorial-style projects on 3D modeling software, primarily SketchUp, since 2001. Her website, www.3dvinci.net offers a wide variety of learning materials for all ages, from kids in grade school through design professionals. Her materials cover general 3D design, 3D printing, geometry, interior design, geo-modeling, and more, and future books are in the works. Read more about Bonnie.

Two Useful Links

Sorry for the posting hiatus! End of summer is always crazy, with kids and vacation plans and a set of books to release. Plus we’re planning some changes to the blog in the next few months, so we’re slowing down a bit (though not disappearing!) in anticipation of that (stay tuned!) In the meantime, I […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 3 – Embedded 3D Viewer

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the 3D viewer to check out models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. In Part 2, I showed how to embed a model into a web page. In this post, I’ll combine the two previous posts, to show how you can use the 3D viewer in […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 2 - How to Embed

In Part 1 of this series, I showed a few things you can do to check out a model in the 3D Warehouse. That post also had a model embedded right on the web page. (We’ve done model embedding a lot on this blog.) Don’t know what embedding means? It’s placing content from one website […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 1 - 3D Viewer

When you look for models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, you can do more than just see a flat image of the model. The model I’ll use to demonstrate is this one: If you want to follow along at home, click the “3D Warehouse” logo at the lower right corner of the embedded model above. This […]

For You Math Fans: Polyhedral Waltz

I was recently contacted by a math professor I’d been in touch with several years ago. Debra Borkovitz of Wheelock College teaches math to future elementary-level math teachers. And she discovered SketchUp as a great teaching tool for visualizing math. (And a bit of self-promo: Debra found lots of great material in my GeomeTricks books!) […]

Mixing Styles: Part 2 - Combine Styles

In Part 1 of this series, I set up a model with three styles – the default style plus two new ones. In this post, I’ll show how to bring aspects of one style into one of the other styles. Here’s where I left off: a nice interior scene, with three styles. The active style […]

Mixing Styles: Part 1 - Pick Your Styles

A lot of SketchUp users render their models using a separate application, such as Photoshop. But SketchUp has a pretty decent library of styles built-in, with which you can greatly change the look of your model. And a much-overlooked feature is the ability to mix, or combine, styles. I’ll use this interior model to demonstrate. […]

SketchUp Arcade! Debut at ISTE

We took a bit of a posting break recently – summer is a crazy time with kids at camp and (too short) vacations. We’ll do our best to keep posting! One reason for the radio silence is that I spent part of last week at the ISTE Convention in San Antonio. This is a huge […]

SketchUp Shadow Studies

Did you know that you can easily do this in SketchUp? It’s done with scenes. Here’s how I did this example.   Geo-Location First, I needed a geo-located model. This means a model that has a defined location. Why does location matter? Because SketchUp shadows are created based on where the model is. (Place a […]