Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup

TIps for 3D Printing with Sketchup
Matt Donley runs an informative blog with Sketchup tutorials and Sketchup news at Master Sketchup.  As he’s just starting to get into 3D printing, he asked me to write a post about 3D printing with Sketchup, which I was happy to do.
In the article, I draw from my own experience modeling for 3D prints, as well as interactions with people in my Sketchup classes and in online forums such as Sketchucation and Shapeways.  There are a few questions about 3D printing Sketchup models I see crop up repeatedly.  I cover the best solutions to these problems, including making the model Solid, working with tiny parts, and the best file format for 3D printing.
If you need advice on a tricky model, email me or hit me up on Google+ or Twitter.  I’d also love to see what you make if these tips help you out!
Read the post on Matt’s site: 8 Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup.

4 thoughts on “Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup

  1. Alex Oliver

    Thanks Marcus for sharing your tips. Another one we’ve run across is that hollow objects need an escape hole for certain 3D printers/materials. Is that something you’ve come across?

    1. Marcus

      Hi Alex. Yes, that’s important for pretty much all of the non-FDM printers out there. Powder and resin printers need a way to remove the support material from hollow objects, so one or more escape holes are necessary.
      BTW, thanks for all the Sketchup tutorials, I’m a big fan of yours. 🙂

      1. Alex Oliver

        Hi Marcus – thanks for the clarification. And a big thanks for the compliments!
        We decided to use your tips as inspiration to pull together a new guide on 3D Printing from SketchUp: It’s a work in progress, so we’d love to hear your feedback and also find out what else you would like to see there. Hey, maybe you’d even like to contribute! 🙂

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