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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

Importing and Exporting .stl Files

You have probably seen that 3D printing involves passing files back and forth to go from an idea to a finished print. When it comes to generic, anyone-can-read-it files, .stl files are the file format of choice in the 3D printing world. This format is not, however, the default file format for SketchUp. SketchUp has its own file format (.skp files) and uses import and export functions to pass data in and out of .stl files.

Don’t worry about having to simply read about this process, though. In this chapter, we will be getting our hands dirty (virtually) and using SketchUp to import and export a few files. Since this can be done in SketchUp for Web or SketchUp for Desktop, we will be taking a look at the steps involved in both!

In this chapter, we will cover these main topics:

  • Understanding what makes up a SketchUp file
  • Exporting files for 3D printing
  • Importing files into SketchUp