3D Printing with SketchUp by Marcus Ritland

By Marcus Ritland

Marcus Ritland is a clothier and 3D printing advisor at his small enterprise, Denali 3D layout. for the reason that 2008, he has used SketchUp for architectural rendering providers, studying it and aiding others good sufficient to be selected as "Top SketchUcator" of the SketchUcation boards. After studying approximately 3D printing via an internet contest, he integrated it into his company, promoting 3D-printed items on-line and aiding different small enterprise proprietors leverage the technology.

He has additionally volunteered at an area makerspace, instructing SketchUp periods and major 3D-printing meetups. he's at the moment on a quest to dispose of design-for-3Dprinting illiteracy. whilst he's no longer push-pulling a version into form, he are available taking pictures photographs and having fun with nature.

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5 size or 3 times larger. Sometimes you may want to scale along only one axis of a model. This is a job for the Scale tool. Learn how the various grips on the Scale tool affect the scaling of the model to quickly modify those parts. 5 inches tall) and can measure directly on the part. With Tape Measure, pick any two points, and enter the desired dimension. The entire model will change scale uniformly. If you want to change just the scale of one group with Tape Measure, then open just that definition for editing and perform the scale operation.

This is where all the modeling action happens! Setting up a template for fast modeling and troubleshooting Templates allow you to save settings in your model and quickly access them later. Styles in SketchUp affect how your model looks on the screen, and are included in templates. With styles, you can add shadows, different color backgrounds, and line weights. While the settings are useful for presenting architectural models, they don't really help while modeling for 3D printing. Even worse, they make SketchUp run slower because the computer has to work harder displaying those extra visuals.

With its much higher model resolution, it will look and feel much smoother after 3D printing. Higher segment counts also make more dimensionally accurate curves. A smart reader will infer that we can also increase the segments of the profile curves in addition to the path curves, and you would be completely correct! You can completely control the resolution of any curves in your model, as long as you adjust them before extruding. In some cases, you may not want a smoother print for artistic or other reasons.

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