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Using Sketchup for 3D Design

I will give a 2 hour tutorial on how to use Sketchup to create 3D models.  This is not enough time to make you an expert, but it should get you over the initial hurdles with the user interface (which is both powerful and a bit difficult to grasp at first).

If you have time, Google "sketchup tutorials" and take a look at the basic ones.  If you want to come with a laptop, and try to follow along, that would be great.  Make sure you have the latest Sketchup 8 installed (free).

If you have a particular design that is challenging you, tell me about it: maybe I can use your design as the example for the group.

Check out the SketchUcation web site for good tutorials, forums, and plugins.  The web site works best if you become a [free] member.  There also are many Sketchup support forums.

I will bring a Filextruder in July, and will see if we can also have a Filabot present.


We will be meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  This month, we will try a new venue, Logic Supply in South Burlington.  If this works out well for us, we may meet at Logic Supply in the future.


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  • jon b.

    Cassidy pointed out that one reason she likes Blender is that it has hot keys rather than menus and icons. Sketchup has some of that, too, but I actually like the icons, since I do not have to memorize the hot keys (which differ for every program I use). Still, if your taste is for hot keys, try to run Sketchup without using the icons.

    June 30, 2013

  • Tim

    I'm looking to play with Sketchup using Ruby programing. If anyone has shapes they want made I'ld be interested in having something specific to work on. Right now I'm playing with making the yin yang vase shape. Still very new to Ruby and Sketchup but it is very similiar to things I did with Excel, scripts and AutoCAD.

    June 27, 2013

  • Kurt B.

    Good demonstration. I was more interested in the design than in the printing.

    June 26, 2013

  • Meg W.

    Good, fascinating, interesting, but difficult for me as i have no previous experience with this kind of program.

    June 25, 2013

  • Katana G.

    Was really helpful to have someone explain how it works, and it's a really cool program where once the buttons are understood, works well.

    June 20, 2013

  • Gwen P.

    Last minute obstacle prevents me from coming! Bummer. Thank you for hosting. Im looking forward to joining in future.

    June 19, 2013

  • Meg W.

    I am a sculptor. Very interested in how 3d Printing can work for me. My first time too..

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first meeting, see you all there. :-)

    June 19, 2013

  • jon b.

    This page explains how you can download a Sketchup Plugin to add the ability to export Sketchup models as STL files, which can then be printed on a 3D printer:

    June 19, 2013

  • Brian L.

    I am traveling for work. I wish we had this recorded, as I am sure it will be awesome!

    June 17, 2013

  • Marvin M.

    Would love to be a part of this session but work gets done at 7.

    June 17, 2013

  • jon b.

    You may find the "cheat sheets" on this page to be helpful:

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    May 16, 2013

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