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
To get SketchUp working for 3D printing you'll likely want to start with this STL Import/Export plugin
I am having a problem with designed penetrations being printed as solid. In the 1st screengrab you will see the sketchup model. The hatched area is the base of the model to show that the holes do indedd penetrat the top layer(s). The 2nd screengrab shows the slicer output with the 4 large holes filled. Any suggestions as to why this is happening??
The model is designed so that when printed the support material will act as a diffusser.
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.