3D Printing in Sketchup

3D Printing Tips - Export from Sketchup to Rhino

    Summary:Having trouble 3D Printing directly from Sketchup? This tutorial will cover some basic procedures for optimizing 3D prints made in Sketchup and importing in Rhino software.
    Software: Rhino, Sketchup
    Some Commands: Import, MeshEdit, MeshRepair, FillMeshHole, BlockManager, ObjectProperties, ShowEdges, Check, ReduceMesh, SelBadObject, ReplaceBlock, MeshtoNurbs, Contour, Loft, Rebuild, SelDup, Slab / OffsetSrf / Shell, Cap
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I learned SketchUp before Rhino. I still prefer Rhino, but I understand the ease and functionality that SketchUp offers for simple modeling. It's outrageously fast to push and pull basic forms in seconds. But 3D Printing directly from Sketchup? That's something I like to avoid. I'm not saying it cannot be done. There are several 3D Printing extensions available for SketchUp (SketchUp STL Extension, CADspan and Solid Inspector), but I prefer to optimize files before printing. Shelling out the interior and confirming if the group is watertight can be very tedious in SketchUp, especially given a dense file. Who wants a file composed of intersecting planes, overlapping geometry and hidden details? This tutorial illustrates a few of my techniques in a FAQ format for exporting from Sketchup for 3D printing.

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