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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


In this chapter, we reviewed many of the concepts that we covered in the previous seven chapters and even learned about a few new ones. We turned a 3D landscape import into a printable solid and covered the use of dedicated cutter solids. We dove deeper into the 3D printing piece gap and fine-tuned our process for exporting multiple pieces as .stl files.

As we wrap up this book, I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed reading it and have learned something new. I love modeling in SketchUp as much as I love 3D printing, so the marriage of the two makes so much sense to me. I hope that you now find yourself armed with new tips, tricks, and workflows that will allow you to spread your enthusiasm and create something amazing.