Use Sketchup to create 3D printed parts

  • March 21, 2013 · 6:00 PM

So you have a 3D printer (or drool after one :)) and have a lot of ideas for parts to make. What do you do? Learn a CAD program.

I have used Sketchup with great success. It is free and easy to learn, but have some quirks and bugs that are useful to know about.

Knowing how to design in a CAD program is only half the story. Knowing how to design around 3D printer limitations and know where to "push it" is also important.

If someone is interested and are able to provide a location with a projector I can do the "teaching" :) It could also be done "at home" without a projector, but it would be harder to do it as efficiently.

It could be done in the evening on weekdays or in the weekend. You could bring along your laptops and ideas for parts and hopefully we could print out the end results :)

Sounds interesting?

If possible you should bring along a laptop with the latest version of Sketchup (www.sketchup.com) and the Sketchup STL plugin (https://github.com/SketchUp/sketchup-stl)

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  • Roar Den G.

    Dette var kjempe bra opplegg

    March 22, 2013

  • Sjur U.

    Please be precise, since I need to go through several doors to open for you. Call me on[masked] if you are late and we have locked the door!

    March 21, 2013

  • Sjur U.

    I set the date for 21st of March at 18:00 o'clock at Breiflåtveien 18, altibox / Lyse location. We can change if there are several objections... Kjetil, awesome you can do this!!!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Roar Den G.

    You guys should probably check out slicing 3D prints also, and how to build larger. Print items like a big puzzle, to be put together after.
    Found this one: http://slic3r.org/ - its free and compatible with most 3D printers as well. There are also som addons for Sketchup out there, but from what I read they didn't do the job properly. Haven't tested them yet. 5 more days until my 3D printer is shipped :D
    (8 weeks is too long waiting for a order like this. Patience is not a virtue, its only frustrating hehe)

    March 12, 2013

    • Kjetil E.

      I plan to show how to load the STL files into Repetier, the plating and also the slicing process. If someone is interested we could also discuss how to work around the limits of maximum print size.
      Do you want/plan to participate in this meet up? It would be great :)

      March 12, 2013

    • Roar Den G.

      Yeah, I think I will join this one

      March 13, 2013

  • Austin B.

    If the date works for me, I'll be there.

    March 12, 2013

    • Kjetil E.

      Hope you can make it :)

      March 13, 2013

  • Kjetil E.

    FYI: I added info about bringing along a laptop with Sketchup installed in the invitation text.

    March 12, 2013

  • Finn Espen G.

    How about early evening 15th, 18th or 21st. If not Lyse or at Usken's, we could be in our meeting room or at my house. Let's see how many we are when the date and time is fixed. Also post a set of requirements (example: laptop with sketchup 8 installed).

    March 12, 2013

    • Kjetil E.

      For me the 21st would be the best, followed by 18th. To cover as much as possible I think it would be smart to start at 18:00 the latest. Since you volunteered with the location last time I think it would be nice to be at Lyse's offices. We will just have to work out the details with Sjur.

      March 12, 2013

  • Austin B.

    I'm definitely interested, but my schedule is so hectic right now that I can't really say when I'll be available. If I can make it, I will!

    March 12, 2013

  • Kjetil E.

    Wow! Thanks for the positive feedback! It would be great if you could reply with the following:
    1. When do you prefer to attend: In the evening or on a weekend?
    2. What would be an ok duration; 3 hours or less, 3-5 hours, over 5 hours?

    I plan to do it this month but are flexible :)

    March 11, 2013

  • Sjur U.

    We can be at Lyse if you want. Also in my home, I have a big TV we can run the presentation at... let me know

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Finn Espen G.

    Sketchup 3d-printer protips wanted!

    March 10, 2013

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