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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Started with 3D Printing and SketchUp, is where we start with the basics and talk about how SketchUp fits in the 3D printing workflow.

Chapter 2, Setting Up Your SketchUp Environment for 3D Printing, discusses the different versions of SketchUp that are available and which you should use and dives into getting SketchUp ready to model for 3D printing.

Chapter 3, Importing and Exporting .stl Files, talks about getting files into and out of SketchUp.

Chapter 4, Print-Ready Modeling and Scaling for Export, explains what print-ready means and what scale you should be modeling at for 3D printing.

Chapter 5, Modeling from Scratch Using Native Editing Tools, uses SketchUp for Web to create some print-ready geometry using only native tools.

Chapter 6, Modeling Using Solid Tools, discusses what Solid Tools are and how to use them to create models for 3D printing.

Chapter 7, Importing and Modifying Existing 3D Models, explains the best practices for importing models made by others and how to work with them in SketchUp.

Chapter 8, Assembling the Pieces Post-Printing, discusses how to model multi-part prints that can be assembled temporarily or permanently.