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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

Modifying existing models

While there are a lot of models out there, available for download and ready to print, there are just as many that may take a little bit of adjusting before they are perfect. These may be simple changes, such as moving some geometry around or adding a base to a figure, or they may be something big, such as chopping a model in half. Regardless of the modification needed, once you have imported the file and you know that it is solid, you can use SketchUp to modify it as you would any other SketchUp model.

For our rhino head, we are going to make two specific modifications:

  • First, we are going to make the tip of the horn less pointy. Since we are using this to hang clothing on, we do not need a sharp point at the end. While this is something that we could do post-print, we will tackle it in the model so that our hanger is ready to use as soon as it is printed.
  • The second modification is to create a wall mount. Our rhino head should fit right into...