3D Printing

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3d printing boat maid mist

Here’s what I’ve written about so far in this series: In Part 1 – a 3D printed bear, and in Part 2, a few 3D printed cactus trees. This post will detail the most complicated of the objects I printed for this project: a customized boat. Maid of the Mist My son, whose state you’ll […]

3D Printing Cactus

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how I modified a Thingiverse model of a bear, to print out for my son’s diorama state project for school. Now it’s my daughter’s turn. Her state was Arizona, and she wanted to include some sort of Arizona tree or plant. And what says “Arizona” more than a saguaro cactus? […]

3D Printing Benji Bear 09

In the school where my twins go, each third grader is assigned a US state. After spending a few months learning about their state, the students write a report, give a little speech, and present a diorama. If you don’t know what a diorama is, picture a shoebox filled with cute, stand-up, informative things: If you’re a […]

3D Printing Watertight Model

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed using Monochrome view to check your SketchUp model for watertightness – making sure all front faces are facing front, to ensure all is ready to be converted to the STL format for 3D printing. In this post, I’m writing about the Solid Inspector extension, which can solve front-back face problems, […]

3D Printing Watertight Model

  So, you have a SketchUp model you want to send to a 3D printer. To convert from SketchUp’s format to STL, you can use the  STL Extension or the STL feature of the 3D Warehouse. But before generating an STL, it’s always a good idea to check that your model is watertight, also called “manifold.” Why Watertight? […]

3D Printed Cookie Cutter

No, this isn’t a cooking blog. But SketchUp and a 3D printer just might help you improve in the kitchen. Every year in early summer, we’re part a group of about 20 families that head out for a few days to beautiful Cacapon State Park in West Virginia. And every year we put on some sort […]

SketchUp Seashell: Geometry or 3D Printing Project

I have a colleague named David Thornburg, who is the Director of Education for Polar3D. (If you’re into 3D printing, check out Polar 3D – their printer works by spinning the circular build plate, rather than with lateral movements.) Recently I ran across a 3D printed seashell project that David posted on the Polar3D blog. He wrote […]

SketchUp STL model 3D Warehouse

If you have or use a 3D printer, you know that STL is the format read by nearly all commercial and personal 3D printers these days. In this previous post, I wrote about the SketchUp STL extension, which you can use to generate an STL file from your SketchUp model. This post shows another way to […]

SketchUp STL Extension 4

SketchUp is a great tool for creating 3D printed models. (And I happen to have a book on that very subject!) But you can’t feed a SketchUp model directly to a 3D printer; a model must be converted to the STL format. At least as of now, SketchUp doesn’t have a direct export to STL […]