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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

To get the most out of this book

This is not a beginner’s book. To get the most out of this book, you should complete some sort of fundamental instruction for SketchUp (I recommend checking out the learning tools at Additionally, since there are so many steps and options when it comes to creating and printing 3D models, the focus of this book will be on using SketchUp to create and edit geometry and we will not spend time looking at specific information about 3D printers, slicing software, or other 3D modeling programs.

Software/hardware covered in the book

Operating system requirements


Windows or macOS

The files are available through SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse and are linked to the relevant chapter. While we will not go into detail, there are images shown throughout the book of slicing software, printers, and final prints. I used ChituBox and Cura to slice all the prints in this book. The printers I used were both from Elegoo (a Neptune 3 for FDM and a Mars 3 for SLA).