3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp

3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp

by Lydia Sloan Cline


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Get up and running fast in the consumer design and fabrication world using the hands-on information in this guide. 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp features step-by-step tutorials of fun and easy DIY projects. Learn how to create your own 3D models, edit downloaded models, make them printable, and bring them to physical life either on your own printer or through an online service bureau.
  • Download and install SketchUp on your Mac or PC
  • Navigate the interface and SketchUp’s native design tools
  • Download design and analysis tools from the Extension Warehouse.
  • Edit models downloaded from the 3D Warehouse and Thingiverse.
  • Import and export STL files.
  • Analyze your projects for 3D printability.
  • Set up, use, and maintain a home 3D printer
  • Work with AutoCAD, 123D Make, 123D Meshmixer, and Vetric Cut2D
  • Generate files for CNC cutters

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071842419
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,240,548
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lydia Sloan Cline teaches drafting, digital modeling, and 3D printing classes at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She works for architecture firms, judges competitive technology events, and became a SketchUp fan after using its Push/Pull tool for the first time. Lydia is also the author of 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot (published McGraw-Hill) and other books.

Table of Contents

1 We Creating!
What Is This Book About?
What Is a Modeling Program?
What Is SketchUp?
What Is 3D Printing?
Is 3D Printing Cheap?
What Is CNC Fabrication?
What Is a Maker Space?
What You Need, Computer-wise
Download SketchUp
2 Getting Started: The Interface
The SketchUp Interface
The Measurements Box
Run Multiple SketchUp Files at the Same Time
Save Options
Backup Files
Add the Large Tool Set
The Select Tool
Rectangle and Rotated Rectangle Tools
Faces, Edges, and Geometry
The Inference Engine
The Push/Pull Tool
Input Numbers
Changing Units
The Pan, Orbit, and Zoom Tools
Modifier Keys
The Escape Key
View the Model in Paraline Mode
View the Model Two-Dimensionally
Selection and Crossing Windows
Select with Single, Double, and Triple Clicks and with the Shift and Control Keys
The Move Tool
Copy and Paste
Customize the Desktop
Make a Custom Template
Manage Dialog Boxes
Finding Help
3 Projects Using SketchUp Make’s Native Tools
Icon Project
Name Stand Project
Chain-Link Bracelet Project
Pet Collar Tag Project
Coffee Mug Project
Pencil Holder Project
Travel Mug
4 Projects Using SketchUp Pro and Extensions
What’s an Extension?
The Extension Warehouse
Download the Extensions
Where to Find the Extension Tools
How to Use the Bezier Curves Tool
Bench Project
Fake Fingernail Project
Solid Geometry
Solid Tools
Chocolate Mold Tray Project
Architectural Terrain Model Project
Pacman Ghost Ornament Project
AutoCAD Floor Plan Project
5 Making the Model 3D-Printable
Design Considerations
Structural Considerations
Manually Inspect for Defects
Tools for Making a Model Solid
Solid Inspector2
SU Solid
Manual Repair Techniques
Export the SketchUp Model as an .stl File
123D Meshmixer
Fixing the Dog Tag in 123D Meshmixer
Coloring a Model
Face Orientation
Purge the Model
The 3D-Printer Facsimile Template
Export the Colored Model
6 3D-Printing the Model
Types of 3D Printing
Choosing a Home 3D Printer
Printing and Slicing Software
Print Detail and Quality
Position on the Build Plate
Adherence to the Build Plate
Odds and Ends
Printing from an SD Card
Printing with a Service Bureau
7 CNC Fabrication with Pro, 123D Make, and Cut2D
What’s a Router?
Computer-Aided Manufacturing Software
The Process for CNCing with SketchUp
Architectural Terrain Model Project
Navigating the 123D Make Interface
Choose the Manufacturing Settings and Object Size
Construction Techniques
The 123D Make Process Using Stacked Slices
Other 123D Make Construction Techniques
Exporting a .pdf File from SketchUp
Name Plate Project
Group and Arrange the Parts
Print Preview
Print the .pdf File
Exporting a .dxf File
Prepare the SketchUp-Exported .pdf Inside Vetric Cut2D
The Right Tool for the Right Job
SketchUp LayOut

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