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3D Printing with SketchUp

Marcus Ritland

Real-world case studies to help you design models in SketchUp for 3D printing on anything ranging from the smallest desktop machines to the largest industrial 3D printers with this book and ebook
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783284573
Paperback136 pages

About This Book

  • Learn how to design beautiful architectural models that will print on any 3D printer
  • Packed with clearly illustrated examples to show you just how to design for 3D printing
  • Discover the essential extensions and companion programs for 3D printing your models

Who This Book Is For

If you are familiar with SketchUp and want to print the models you’ve designed, then this book is ideal for you. You don’t need any experience in 3D printing; however, SketchUp beginners will require a companion book or video training series to teach them the basic SketchUp skills.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Concepts Every 3D Printing Designer Needs to Know
A short background of 3D printing
Own a printer or use a print service?
Making the most of 3D printing
Avoiding the pitfalls of 3D printing
Choosing a 3D modeling program
Chapter 2: Setting Up SketchUp for 3D Printing
Downloading and installing SketchUp
Setting up a template for fast modeling and troubleshooting
Setting up toolbars
Installing and using extensions
A quick exercise
Chapter 3: From 2D Drawing to 3D Model
Starting from a quick sketch
Designing for ease of printing
Modeling in SketchUp from a sketch
Chapter 4: Understanding Model Resolution
Wall thickness
Modeling a vase
Chapter 5: Using Existing Models
Leveraging SketchUp components to save time
Online 3D model repositories
Case study – modifying a GoPro wrench
Chapter 6: Designing a Phone Cradle
Getting started with a 2D sketch
Testing the printed model
Chapter 7: Importing Terrain and Printing in Color
Working with the Google Earth terrain
Printing models with color
Chapter 8: Modeling Architecture for 3D Printing
Using SketchUp for 3D printing versus rendering
Case study – 3D printing a model designed for rendering
Preparing the model for full color printing
Orienting the parts for printing
Printing from i.materialise
Printing from Shapeways
The full-color printed cabin

What You Will Learn

  • Understand how 3D printing works, and why you may need to design your model differently for different printing processes
  • Discover tips to make the modelling process easier, extensions to help you work faster, and how to make any model printable
  • Find online models and expedite the modelling process by working from an existing modelAdapt architectural models built for rendering into full-color 3D printable models
  • Import terrain data from Google Earth to SketchUp and work with terrain data to make it printable

In Detail

As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to utilize the technology. SketchUp is a popular 3D modelling tool and is among the easiest programs to work with as a beginner. Whether printing on your desktop, or outsourcing to a commercial 3D print service, this is a skill you'll want in your portfolio.

Starting with an overview of 3D printing technologies, you 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. You 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.
This book delves into the most important concepts for designing 3D printable models, from wall thickness and modelling solids, to using available models and adapting them to your needs.

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


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