Master how to design and print 3D models with Packt's riveting new book and eBook

May 2014 | Open Source

Packt is proud to present its latest publication, 3D Printing with SketchUp by Marcus Ritland. This book teaches practical techniques using real-world case studies to help readers design 3D models that print right the first time. The print book is 150 pages long and is priced at $22.99, while the eBook is available for $11.19.


About the author:

Marcus Ritland is a designer and 3D printing consultant who runs his own small business, Denali 3D Design. Since 2008, he has used SketchUp for architectural rendering services, and he was chosen as "Top SketchUcator" on the SketchUcation forums as a result of his useful advice and feedback. After learning about 3D printing through an online contest, he incorporated it into his business, selling 3D-printed goods online and helping other small business owners leverage the technology.

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program designed to help build applications for architectural, civil, and mechanical engineering, as well as film and video designs.

3D Printing with SketchUp delves into the most important concepts readers need to know for designing 3D printable models, from wall thickness and modeling solids to using available models and adapting them to specific needs. Readers will learn how to design SketchUp models for 3D printing, set up a template for 3D printing, explore the specific requirements for a 3D printable model, and look at the essential SketchUp extensions for 3D printing. They will start by printing a simple 3D model, progress to importing images that can be used to make 3D models, and move on to tweaking the model for specific 3D printers.

Readers will also learn where to find, and more importantly, how to adapt existing 3D models available online for their own use. Finally, this book will show how it's possible to use Google Earth terrain and how to modify existing architectural SketchUp models before printing.

The following are the chapters covered in the book:

Chapter 1: Concepts Every 3D Printing Designer Needs to Know

Chapter 2: Setting Up SketchUp for 3D Printing

Chapter 3: From 2D Drawing to 3D Model

Chapter 4: Understanding Model Resolution

Chapter 5: Using Existing Models

Chapter 6: Designing a Phone Cradle

Chapter 7: Importing Terrain and Printing in Color

Chapter 8: Modeling Architecture for 3D Printing

Appendix: Resources for Your 3D Printing Success

About Packt:

Packt is one of the most prolific and fastest-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt books now focus on practicality, recognizing that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt's digitally-focused business model allows them to publish up-to-date books in very specific areas.



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