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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

Understanding SketchUp’s capabilities

As I mentioned in the introduction to this chapter, there are a lot of different 3D modeling software options out there and they have some very different approaches to creating 3D geometry. Some modeling software focuses on using tools to generate rigid, hard-sided geometry, while others have tools to allow you to sculpt geometry in 3D space similar to creating a clay model. There is even software that allows you to “paint” space in virtual reality, then export your 3D paintings to be printed in 3D!

When it comes to modeling in SketchUp, it can help to remember where SketchUp comes from and what the tools were created for initially. SketchUp was originally created to be used as an architectural modeling tool. For this reason, many of the modeling tools make sense when you think about modeling things such as buildings, as opposed to something small and soft, such as a rose, for example. When SketchUp was originally created...