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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

Assembling the Pieces Post-Printing

One thing that I love about 3D printing is the ability to help visualize a concept. Yes, I said before that I love being able to create something from nothing and also how amazing it is to have a concept serve a purpose in the real world. Sometimes, however, it is great to make something just so you can see it.

I think that 3D printing has an amazing place in architecture for this reason. For decades, now, architects have made amazing scale models from balsa wood, foam core, and paper to help their customers appreciate their vision well before a plan has been made to start constructing a building. With 3D printing, the process of creating these models goes from days, weeks, or months to minutes, hours, or days.

In this chapter, we will combine some existing model information with some scratch-modeled geometry to help us to visualize a modern hillside home, complete with landscape and trees. We will be modeling the whole thing while being very...