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Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #38110] Mon, 07 November 2011 13:57 UTC Go to next message
avatar Hanfgeist  is currently offline Hanfgeist
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Finally figured out how to use Google sketchup to input my design . What do I do now, can I send the sketchup file to shapeways to get a quote on whether they can make it or not or do I have to run some more software over it before it can be fed to the 3D printer machines?
Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #38114 is a reply to message #38110 ] Mon, 07 November 2011 15:31 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar denali3ddesign  is currently offline denali3ddesign
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Once the model in Sketchup is scaled correctly and is "Solid" (via the Entity Info window), then just export as DAE and upload to Shapeways for a quote. DAE usually works and is nice because its a native export option, but if you have trouble you can use this STL exporter for free.

If you need a color 3D print, then you'll need to get Meshlab and use this tutorial.

Hope that helps!


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Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #38115 is a reply to message #38114 ] Mon, 07 November 2011 15:57 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Hanfgeist  is currently offline Hanfgeist
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Thanks Marcus


I managed to create an STL file using Meshlab but will try it with the DAE file first.


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Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #40069 is a reply to message #38114 ] Sat, 10 December 2011 17:46 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Patrick Kniesler  is currently offline Patrick Kniesler
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Is the only way to make an entity "solid" in Sketchup by making it a component?
Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #40073 is a reply to message #40069 ] Sat, 10 December 2011 18:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Short answer, yes. Or you can make it a group, basically the same thing as far as 'solids' go.

Longer answer, making the entity a component OR group is the only way Sketchup will tell you its "Solid". Now if you build the model correctly (manifold) without making it a component, it will still be "Solid" from Shapeways' perspective when you upload it.

Does that make sense?



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Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #40094 is a reply to message #40073 ] Sun, 11 December 2011 05:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Patrick Kniesler  is currently offline Patrick Kniesler
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Sure does. Now its only an irrational fear that my model's edges are the only things to be sintered and it'll just fall apart in front of the poor Netherlander who's time I had just wasted ;]
Re: Finally Got My Design Input to Google Sketchup [message #40097 is a reply to message #40094 ] Sun, 11 December 2011 14:03 UTC Go to previous message
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Great, glad that got cleared up! Laughing


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