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Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67213] Wed, 01 May 2013 04:27 UTC Go to next message
avatar swervo513  is currently offline swervo513
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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself to the community and apologize in advance for any ignorant or redundant questions that may have already been asked. I took a class on 3D printing recently and hope to further my knowledge of the field. I am now starting with Sketchup and am having trouble using the basic commands. If anyone can point me toward a good video or answer some of my basic questions I would be much obliged.

First of all, I am trying to switch my view from feet to inches. (Like I said forgive my ignorance)
Second, I am trying to find out what algorithms are available if any. Is there a better program to use?
What is the most popular free program available? What would you start with?

Thank You,
Larry

PS: I am sure this is the first of many questions. Thanks in advance.
Re: Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67239 is a reply to message #67213 ] Wed, 01 May 2013 12:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Larry,

Can't help you with the sketchup stuff myself. But I know it's been used for some impressive stuff
Some other freeware is 123D, Scuptris, Blender, and pickup NetFabb basic and meshlab while your at it, as they will help you see any issues with your model, and hopefully help you fix them.

Also moving your introduction to the introduction section Smile


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Re: Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67245 is a reply to message #67239 ] Wed, 01 May 2013 12:50 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar JACANT  is currently offline JACANT
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Click Help - Welcome to Sketchup.
There are many tutorials here.
To change the units click on Choose Template.
You can leave this screen ticked to show on startup

[Updated on: Wed, 01 May 2013 12:52 UTC]


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Re: Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67398 is a reply to message #67239 ] Fri, 03 May 2013 14:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar MarniAlisa  is currently offline MarniAlisa
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Thanks Larry for your questions because I have the same ones, and Thanks Michael for your advice. Every bit helps.

Happy creating,

Marni


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Re: Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67501 is a reply to message #67213 ] Sun, 05 May 2013 19:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar mygadgetlife  is currently offline mygadgetlife
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Hi,

Welcome to the Shapeways community!

I do a lot of stuff in Sketchup - there's plenty of help out there, and I recommend you register with . Once you do that you'll gain access to many free plugins that enhance the basic (free) version of Sketchup. In particular, look for Solid Tools, a great plugin for identifying errors in models that would otherwise be rejected by the Shapeways uploader.

As Youknowwho4eva mentioned there are a variety of free modelling tools each with their own learning curves - I find it best to go to youtube or just google for examples of what each application is capable of.

Good luck!


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Re: Hello. New to the forum and 3d printing. [message #67579 is a reply to message #67213 ] Tue, 07 May 2013 11:40 UTC Go to previous message
avatar adminsmithee  is currently offline adminsmithee
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Hey There,

You can change your measurement in Window -> Model info ->(popup) Units. ) you can save this as a default template so it opens always with these settings (and style options) by File->Save as template.

I'm not sure what you mean by algorithms. if you can explain what you want/need i'm happy to help you if i can.

 
   
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