Realworld 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
About This Book
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.
What You Will Learn
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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Marcus Ritland is a designer and 3D printing consultant at his small business, Denali 3D Design. Since 2008, he has used SketchUp for architectural rendering services, learning it and helping others well enough to be chosen as "Top SketchUcator" of the SketchUcation forums. After learning about 3D printing through an online contest, he incorporated it into his business, selling 3Dprinted goods online and helping other small business owners leverage the technology. He has also volunteered at a local makerspace, teaching SketchUp classes and leading 3Dprinting meetups. He is currently on a quest to eliminate designfor3Dprinting illiteracy. When he's not pushpulling a model into shape, he can be found shooting photos and enjoying nature.
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