[Lab] Google Sketchup

Darcy Whyte darcy at inventorArtist.com
Mon Mar 3 08:11:35 EST 2014

It makes features for joining the layers too! :)

Darcy Whyte

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On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM, Dave Hunt <dave at huntgang.com> wrote:

> There is a pretty neat tool I have seen to do the stacking from autodesk
> called 123D Make. It sounds like exactly what you are trying to do but
> fully automated.
> You provide it your 3d model and dimensions of your material and it slices
> it up for you. Then it can spot out pdf files as its output.
> Although I have not actually cut out anything from it yet I did play a
> little and it looks pretty awesome. The best part is that it is free!
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Jamie <jamie at steppinofftheedge.com>
> Date: 03-02-2014 10:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Paul & Andrea Mumby <themumbys at gmail.com>
> Cc: lab <lab at artengine.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Lab] Google Sketchup
> Hey Paul and other Sketchup gurus....
> A question about STL / Slicers and working with Sketchup for laser cutting
> instead of 3D Printing....
> I've imported a wunnerful complex .3ds model into Sketchup. Using the
> Section Plane tool and adjusting it by increments I can get layer outlines
> to "build by stack" but as yet cannot find a fantastic way to output those.
> Some googling leads me to believe that Sketchup pro is needed to do export
> of section planes. Before I do that, was wondering if a pro such as
> yourself or others might know a better way to go about it.
> If you had a model, approx 20", in sketchup that you wanted to output with
> 1 layer every 1" or so, how might you go about it?
> Thx,
> Jamie
> On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM, Paul & Andrea Mumby <themumbys at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Sketchup is very capable for 3D Printing. Though not out of the box. You
>> need a plugin.
>> I pretty much use Sketchup, or OpenSCAD as my 2 primary design tools for
>> all my printing.
>> Most 3D Printers require a file in either a specific format for the
>> machine, or some variance of GCODE (typically still fairly specific to the
>> tunings of the machine). Which is where a "Slicer" app comes in. There are
>> dozens of these for free. Cura is a good one (but primarily for ultimaker).
>> These almost all take an STL format 3D Model, and slice it up into the
>> layers needed for 3D Printing, and output a GCODE (or other format) file.
>> To output an STL in Sketchup is easy, you just need is this plugin
>> http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl
>> Check the comments if you have trouble installing it. It's a bit
>> different in the new version of sketchup, in V8 it was a bit simpler. But
>> still fairly easy to do once you get the right paths and such.
>> Once the plugin is installed you just select the model parts you want to
>> export, (I prefer to group them, and check they are a complete object, by
>> checking for volume by right clicking on it once it's grouped, and choosing
>> "Entity Info". If it shows a "volume" in there, then it's "water tight" (no
>> holes, and therefore a solid object). That is one thing to check to ensure
>> it's printable.
>> Then export to STL.
>> Hope that helps!
>> On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Aurelius R <maxrowsell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I have just stumbled onto the amazing thing that is Sketchup. In school,
>>> we learned the beginnings of Blender and also another one whose name I
>>> can't remember, and I always wanted to get back into it.
>>> I think because I have experience working with 3D models, I only had to
>>> watch the very basic tutorial videos and I was off and running, though I
>>> suspect the average person wouldn't need much more than that either.
>>> I've designed the shelf I've always wanted, which is freestanding and
>>> sits on my desk to give me shelf space above my monitors. Hard to explain
>>> without seeing it. I also prototyped a project case with a speaker hole in
>>> the bottom and standoffs etc.
>>> My question for all you 3D printer experts out there is, what format do
>>> most 3D printers take? I've noticed that this program can export the 3D
>>> models in quite a few different formats.
>>> My other question was, if I wanted to print a small case for one of my
>>> boards, am I allowed to do it at the lab?
>>> Thanks!
>>> ____________________
>>> Peace, Love, Empathy
>>> Alexander Max Rowsell
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