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3D Printing with SketchUp - Second Edition

By : Aaron Dietzen Aka 'the Sketchup Guy'
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3D Printing with SketchUp - Second Edition

By: Aaron Dietzen Aka 'the Sketchup Guy'

Overview of this book

Working with the amazing 3D printing technology and getting access to the printing hardware is now easier than ever before. While there are many other resources that cover the general process of 3D printing, this book is the ultimate guide to creating models for 3D printing using SketchUp. You’ll start with a basic understanding of how SketchUp is used in the 3D printing workflow and jump into the steps to create a print-ready model using only SketchUp. This 3D printing book will guide you in using SketchUp to modify existing 3D files and cover additional tools that make SketchUp an even more powerful modeling tool. As you advance, you’ll learn how to transform 2D images into 3D printable solids, how to create multi-part prints that can be assembled without the use of fasteners or glue, and how to make sure your model, whether designed from scratch or assembled from preexisting geometry, is ready to be made real via your 3D printer. By the end of this book, you’ll have the confidence to bring your design ideas to life by generating your own 3D print-ready models with SketchUp.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Prepared to Print
Part 2: Modeling for 3D Printing

Part 1: Getting Prepared to Print

3D printing is a vast topic with all sorts of opportunities to talk about workflows and tips. This first part of the book focuses on general information as to how SketchUp fits into this topic. While there will be some hands-on work, the first part really focuses on learning about what a 3D printing workflow with SketchUp looks like.

In this part, the following chapters are included:

  • Chapter 1, Getting Started with 3D Printing and SketchUp
  • Chapter 2, Setting Up Your SketchUp Environment for 3D Printing
  • Chapter 3, Importing and Exporting .stl Files
  • Chapter 4, Print-Ready Modeling and Scaling for Export