As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to use 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.
3D Printing has become an important part of my service offering. This 3D Printed scale cabin is a project for my client, Jim from Tiny Green Cabins. Jim will use this model to help promote new sales.
This book is intended to help SketchUp users get 3D printing quickly. 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.
You may find out more about the book on the companion site, Sketchup for 3D Printing.
Oliver Shea from the UK is an architect and freelance 3D artist. He was working on a project for 3D printing and got an copy of the ebook to help him. He had this to say about 3D Printing with SketchUp:
After having read 3D Printing with SketchUp, I feel I am significantly more confident to tackle my upcoming 3D printing project. The book is clear and concise throughout with each chapter building on the last. I found the case studies very engaging and it was fun to watch a SketchUp model develop into a real world object that you can hold in your hand. It was also great to see each iteration of a model develop until the final result was achieved. I only wish I could see more of the author’s models! The book covers everything from the basic concepts of 3D printing to more advanced printing techniques in different materials. The whole design process is explained from start to finish with easy step-by-step SketchUp and exporting instructions. Throughout the book there are many tips and tricks to keep you totally informed and details on 3D printing services and consumer printers. I will surely be using this book as a reference for all my future projects, it’s really helped me understand how to approach a model with 3D printing in mind.All in all, a fantastic book. Easy to read, fun case studies, hugely informative and great photos. Highly recommended. 5 stars!
I hope the book helps you in your next 3D printing project!