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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

Creating new geometry

While our two groups could be printed and make a really nice little visual, showing how the house would sit in this terrain sample, I think that we can push a little further and add some trees to the print.

Now, when it comes to adding complex items such as trees to a rather small print, such as the one we are working on, we have to decide what level of detail is realistic. Since we are working with a preliminary massing type model, I think it makes sense to lean into the preliminary visualization aesthetic and create some trees that look more like 2D cutouts of trees, rather than try to make realistic-looking models of trees.

Not only will this fit better in the look and feel of the rest of the print, but it will also be easier geometry to print, as we can orient the trees flat on the build plate without needing to figure out how to add support.

Modeling trees

Rather than trying to detail out, step by step, how to make the exact tree model I created...