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"Using 3D Printer with SketchUp"

Subhra Bera: Editor

SketchUp users can create wonderful 3D models with the help of SketchUp and can print them in 3D way through the help of 3D printers; it is a way better combination.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is way of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital life. The creation or making of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes and in this process, an object is made by laying down successive layers of material till the object is created. Each of these layers can be visible as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. So basically 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out a piece of metal or plastic with for specimen a milling machine.

SketchUp and 3D printer are a perfect match; every new 3D printer’s manufacturer will come with documentation to help users in learning the way of using printers and the related software. The following information will focus on a few basic concepts of 3D printing that are often not explained well and users get confused about them.

Aidan Chopra was a beloved member of the SketchUp team for 10 years; he is the creator of SketchUp Blog where SketchUp members and professionals share their new designs and tells some tips and tricks to design various designs that help users a lot. This Blog has attracted huge number of people and helps them to know more about SketchUp tools and extensions, moreover that users can now easily use SketchUp in their everyday life. Aidan also taught countless classes on SketchUp, he authored the SketchUp for Dummies Book. Users can get guidance here from creating a basic 3D model to showcase their work through 3D print or animation, literally everything in SketchUp that can help in anywhere like from redesigning the house to mocking up the future great invention. More than that, SketchUp’s vast usability has gotten very wide success as a tool that even non-designers can also make basic drawings; there are also many expert tips from former SketchUp product director Aidan Chopra and co-author Rebecca Huehls that help to draw and access SketchUp.

Print often with SketchUp: We often assume that Desktop 3D printing is too much costly, but it is really, unbelievably and remarkably cheap. Let it make clear, look the cost for running a general desktop 3D printer is about 38.56 Rs/- an hour; after starting printer once it will continue working on design on its own. SketchUp models can be printed over and over and it will give perfect print every single time.

Like Test Printers which are great in catching errors and mistakes; they are also a great way to document the evolution of a design. So always save a version of every SketchUp 3D model to print later and to find out the errors. Though there are some lacks also: these printers though use 3D printer’s Low Quality setting to print faster but come with a rougher surface, they can’t be edited after printing one time so it is better to keep copies.

Inside a SketchUp model: After creating the outer part of a model, it is way better to check out the inside part of a model as usually users let the 3D printer automatically do the inside part, filling it with automatically generated structure. But users can also make changes in them.


Using 3D Printer with SketchUp
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