This is the product review aspect of the Software for specifiers series. Part one explores the benefits of SketchUp and 3D models, while part two looks at how useful SketchUp models are for product specifications.
SketchUp is a 3D modelling software employed by architects and designers as a quick and intuitive design tool. Users also tend to download 3D models or textures of products to help them visualise what a product might look like in design.
"The files, technical information and pictures on our website combined with samples we supply and physical products help designers to understand the product more and feel confident using them," explains marketing manager of CSR Monier Carlie Spiteri on why the firm supplies these 3D models.
Here is a list of some 3D products that you can find online:
With a range of six fashionable colours and unique textured finish, Everyday Life bricks will complement any modern design.
This 102mm thick commercial grade awning window has been designed with bold frame lines and thick sashes that can carry heavy glass, including 24mm thick double glazing.
Using almost no space under the sink, the Filter Tap removes undesirable taste, odours and sediments to dispense a continuous stream of sparkling clean water. The Billi Filter Tap system is supplied with premium sub-micron rated filters that are NSF certified to safely remove health threatening giardia and cryptosporidium.
The package includes the latest COLORBOND steel colours: Cove, Mangrove, Gully, Wally, Terrain and Basalt. Installation instructions are included with the download.
With energy efficiency rates of up to 91 per cent, this system has a central heating output and is wall-mounted and compact, allowing users to save space. It also has a frost protection standard and quiet operation.
Manufactured from durable 1.2mm grade 304 stainless steel, Sanistep urinals are hand fabricated and fully welded with sturdy reinforcement to the rear. It is the most frequently specified stainless steel urinal in Australia.
Backed by a seven year warranty, the Dux Prodigy 5 Gas Storage has a 3 Star efficiency rating, and adjustable thermostat for safety and performance control.
The Zeta is a clever fusion of leather, stainless steel and glass. The body of the fireplace is shaped from a high frequency heated aluminium molded into a perfect arching crescent shape.
With a 45 litre 304 stainless steel square bowl, this 560 x 518 x 870mm laundry unit features a galvanised powder coated steel cabinet and stainless steel micro mesh door. Single by-pass and waste assembly in chrome and stainless steel finish.
The EM-E is a 38 inches (956mm) four bladed ceiling fan, designed for smaller rooms and tighter spaces. It has its own accessory light kit, which has been designed to complement the lines of the fan. The light kit comes with an efficient 14w GX53M light or 100w Halogen. Another alternative is the E14 assembly, which provides excellent lighting with optimal energy efficiency.
Offering both hot and cold filtered water from the same tap, the HC1100 can produce up to 100 cups of steaming hot water per hour, as well as safe, filtered cold water on demand. Energy efficient and easy to install, the tap is insulated from heat, while an unobtrusive 2.5 litre stainless steel tank can be fitted under the sink.
With a 5 level electronic gas regulation, this stainless steel cooktop has a low temperature function, and a programmable long-cooking function.
Deep and exotic, energetic and confident, the McGarvie Red bricks have a Salt Attack Resistance Category: Exposure Grade. Its working size is 230x110x50mm, and each brick weighs approximately 1.9 kilograms. There is no potential to effloresce or for lime putting.
Inspired by a traditional chaise lounge the Meridienne, the 63kg bath is designed to be elegant and sophisticated.
The SkyTube Ventilation range combines natural light, mechanical ventilation and electric lighting. It includes naturally and mechanically ventilated options for single rooms, such as bathrooms and ensuites). A number of Skytubes may be connected to the highly effective Superflow 250 roof mounted fan, providing light and ventilation to a combination of rooms.
An extremely modern look can be achieved with Versiclad’s Corrolink Structural Insulated Roof Panels, with a corrugated top skin available in all Colorbond colours. With an easy to handle 765mm wide cover panel, it has a minimum roof pitch of only 5°. Long trafficable free spans of up to 7.95m means less unsightly support beams. The system has excellent thermal performance of up to R-3.96, and a fire retardant EPS insulated core which reduces radiant heat transfer, mould, condensation and rain noise.