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Building the design toolbox with greenscreen®

Building the design toolbox with greenscreen®
June 23, 2016 Dean Hill
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In a continuing effort to provide designers with the latest drawing and rendering tools, greenscreen® has partnered with Fat Pencil Studio of Portland, OR in offering the first SketchUp models for green facade products.  Product manufacturers that provide 3D models help designers save time and money while giving immediacy to visual impacts that can affect the final design.  21 new greenscreen® product and assembly models are available on the SketchUp 3D Warehouse website and our website under the Resources tab..  The collaboration with Fat Pencil Studio helped solve the challenges involved with creating useful SketchUp models which included providing enough detail to faithfully represent the product, while optimizing the file size of the component for fluid model performance.

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greenscreen,SketchUp,commercial trellis,green wall,wire trellis,green facade,models,renderingAccording to Joshua Cohen, founder of Fat Pencil Studio, “the designer wants a lightweight (low-poly) component so they can freely use multiple copies of the 3D model.  The manufacturer, however, wants a component that displays all the elegance and highly-considered detail of the product’s design”.  Taking a team approach allowed Fat Pencil to develop two different approaches to model the greenscreen® line of clips, brackets, screens, and accessories.  Low-poly components are used to represent the product while testing layout concepts in the design phase.  More complex high-poly models were created for use in architectural renderings and installation training.  These first to market SketchUp 3D models reaffirm the goal to provide designers and specifiers with the necessary tools to aid in the design of sustainable buildings and landscapes in the future.  To read the Fat Pencil Studio case study about the partnership, click here.

When greenscreen® created the marketplace for our dimensional green facade products over 20 years ago, they were introduced to progressive architects and landscape architects interested in incorporating natural, resource efficient design elements into their buildings.  Critical to our marketing over those 20 years has been making greenscreen® visible to potential customers early in the design process.  3D modeling fulfills the need to be part of the conversation early on, so designers and their clients can see how our products fit into strategies for sustainable building and development in architectural design.  By offering three dimensional SketchUp models, in addition to our line of Revit models (BIM), greenscreen® can effectively and efficiently be incorporated into the latest drawing software to initiate that early conversation.

greenscreen,SketchUp,commercial trellis,green wall,wire trellis,green facade,models,rendering,3D WarehouseTrimble’s Mark Lauricello, responsible for SketchUp Business Development, feels that it is paramount for product manufacturers to understand the increasing demand of providing drawing models and content.  “By offering high-quality, low-poly component models, greenscreen® is helping architects and designers do their jobs more effectively. When a manufacturer commits to supporting designers as greenscreen® has, the result is a “win-win” scenario for both the designer and the manufacturer – designers get access to beautiful and accurate 3D models to make their job easier and bring their design to life and the manufacturer gets exposure during the critical, early stages of a project.”  In addition to efficiency for the designer by having access to models, what else do the new greenscreen® models mean for the designer?  Well, three things actually and it is also our tagline promise to provide “Resources for Design, Detailing and Delivery”:

Design – Anyone working within SketchUp, whether professional or enthusiast, can easily drop the new greenscreen® elements into conceptual drawings or renderings in order the communicate an overall theme or aesthetic.  Green walls, freestanding elements, fencing and planters can be used to help define spaces, soften surfaces and introduce a vertical landscape element.

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Detailing – By downloading the Tool Set, designers are able to go beyond the conceptual phase and drill down to the particular type of detailing including attachments, edge trims and standard panel/planter colors.  The Tool Set makes it easy to design “on the fly” and helps designers to provide real life, in the field solutions for installation.  For more information on Mounting Options and Detailing, check out additional greenscreen® resources here.

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Delivery – In addition to the individual component models, greenscreen®  also provides full assembly models including wall mounted, freestanding and planter assemblies.  By including assembly models with the drawing set, installation contractors can easily understand how the greenscreen® kit of parts should go together for a successful installation.  Our project managers and manufacturing sales reps will also be sharing these assemblies with designers and contractors to ensure that your projects are built to last!

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Author and SketchUp ninja, Daniel Tal, feels that it is extremely important for product manufacturers to take advantage of having their products available on 3D Warehouse for end users to download and place in their designs.  “With over 1 billion hits a year, 3D Warehouse is a location to get noticed.  Offering professionally built 3D models makes it easier for designers to insert, cost and spec designs that include products.  Also, any 3D models built of products can be leveraged across multiple 3D platforms and this provides the greatest coverage for a manufacturer to insure that their products are used on projects”.

We are very excited to see what you come up with by utilizing these new design tools!  Please feel free to share over on the greenscreen® Facebook page and in addition to our 3D Warehouse listing, you can find the new greenscreen® SketchUp models and REVIT families on our listings with CADdetails and Autodesk SEEK.

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