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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

Getting Started with 3D Printing and SketchUp

3D printing is an amazing technology that allows you to take things directly from your imagination and make them into real items that you can hold in your hand. 3D printing has been around long enough that I believe we can skip over the history of the subject or listing out the reasons you might want to print something. In this book, we will assume that you have access to a 3D printer and have a reason to print. Alongside that, based on the title of this book, we will also assume that you want to use SketchUp to get your 3D print created.

There are a few steps between imagining an item and finally making it exist in the real world, however. In this first chapter, we will look at the multiple steps involved in creating a successful 3D print and where SketchUp plays a part in this process. Once we’ve covered the basic workflow, we will dive into a few details and see some examples of SketchUp being used to create or prepare various files for 3D printing. Once you’ve completed this chapter, you will know exactly where SketchUp can be used as a useful tool in your 3D printing software tool kit!

In this chapter, we will cover these main topics:

  • Understanding where SketchUp fits in the 3D printing workflow
  • Knowing what SketchUp can produce
  • Using SketchUp as a creation tool
  • Using SketchUp as an editor
  • Using SketchUp as a repair tool