8 Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup
I am new to the world of 3D printing. So in this guest article, you’ll hear from expert 3D printer/designer Marcus Ritland from Denali 3D Design. He shares some tips to help you create amazing 3D printed models by designing them in Sketchup. [Update June 2014] Marcus has written a book about 3D printing your SketchUp models! Listen to my interview with Marcus, or grab the book here: 3D printing with SketchUp. 3D Printing 3D printing is awesome – we can all agree on that. But how does one get started making awesome models for 3D printing? 1. Models must be “Solid” to be 3D printable. Solid, sometimes called “watertight” or “manifold” simply means the model is a complete enclosure. Another way to define solid: Every edge in your model must be bordered by exactly two faces. The most common errors (and the corresponding solutions) are: Stray edges (just delete them)Holes (trace an edge to fill them)Internal faces (delete them) 2. 3. There’s some interesting history behind this problem. 4. 5.
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