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Welome to the SketchUp group!

by TheNewHobbyist

This group is a place to discuss using Trimble SketchUp for 3D printing.

SketchUp Make can be downloaded for free here: http://www.sketchup.com/download

The Extension Warehouse and SketchUcation are great resources for SketchUp plugins and are worth checking out.

To get SketchUp working for 3D printing you'll likely want to start with this STL Import/Export plugin

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Work in Inches, Convert to Metric?

by rebeltaz

I am working on a model. I need to model it in inches, because that's what my tape measures read. After I model this, is there an easy way to convert the whole model to metric to be compatible with slicer software?

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modifying STL

by Tactical_nerf

I was wondering what you guys do to modify STL files in sketchup and if there are anyways to remove the useless lines all over the model

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Problem using Followme

by bernbout

I've been trying to get the Followme tool to work to create a Chess set. I created a simple design as per the image but when I use the fllowme tool I end up with a weird object with holes. Please see the attached image below:

I have also attached the Sketchup 2018 file for anyone to open and see why this problem occurs.


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SketchUp Plugins for 3D Printing

by TheNewHobbyist

SketchUp plugins can be pretty handy for making your 3D designs printable. What is everyone using on their installs?

My current must have plugins are:

CleanUp³ - Removes stray "orphaned" lines from your models. Great for finding those hard to find parts that are keeping your model from being a manifold mesh.

Weld - Turns multiple edges into a single polyline.

Solid Inspector - Helps you find issues with your models that are keeping it from being a manifold mesh.

Shell - Adds thickness to single walled models. Somewhat finicky but it can easier than modeling complex shells on existing objects.

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