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Publisher: Packt Publishing (May 21, 2014)
Publication Date: May 21, 2014
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The book is oriented to people with basic familiarity with SketchUp, but fairly new to the 3D Printing process. So the first chapter is not about SketchUp, but about the process. This is good, as even though the very basics of 3D Printing are easy to understand, applying them properly is quite tricky. The author links to his personal website for some instructional videos of the 3D printing process, which is recommended if you are new to this concept. Describing the process is one thing, but actually seeing a machine doing its work is totally different.From the very first chapter, he hints at the complexities involved with 3D printing, by mentioning the need for printing a “support structure”. Although not all technologies have equal requirements, the fact is that you are working in layers and in most cases, these layers of materials rest on the underlying layer.Especially in architecture, this is tricky, since a floor or roof is only supported at its edges, so it would need quite a lot of support material, which, depending again on the process, is costly.Chapter 4 (about model resolution) is one of the most important chapters, discussing Wall thicknesses. It has a few shorter examples, talking about circle segments, the Follow Me tool and some tools from extensions. All in all, this chapter could easily be double the size, when going more into detail about the actual process. And then it might leave some more room for additional pictures.The author deliberately uses SketchUp MAKE and so has to do some additional work which the Solid Tools in the Pro version would solve more directly. But it does help you better understand the process of working with solids.
I’ve been a fan of SketchUp for some years but like any application it always had its downsides, not the least of which is the time it takes to get good at using it. It has a growing set of add-ons and extensions that increase its functionality, but again finding and learning to use them all takes time. SketchUp is not a replacement for serious CAD environments handling complex or multiple parts in an assembly, but where your needs are moderate (resolution and part count ) then it can be an easy to use tool.This book definitely comes into its own by giving a leg up on using SketchUp to produce .stl files which are pretty much the universal model used for both additive and subtractive manufacturing. I don’t do any 3D printing at all yet, but do run a small mill (subtractive machining) and this book provides quite some gems for doing simple projects on a CNC.If you are used to the terminology of 3D printing and the model .stl slicer print paradigm then this book will be an easy read. The concepts are very well introduced and links to the required extensions and documentation provided.The author starts the real work in Chapt2 by having you install Sketchup and set it up for easy project use. It’s a follow the bouncing ball exercise, but should get even the newest hobbyist up and running with a fully functional project template and able to save .stl files.Chapt3 has you import sketches and digitize a model of the drawing and save the project. Simple but builds you confidence using the product. His focus is ever on 3D printing, but everything said applies easily to CNC work too (except for overhangs).Chapt4, profiles, circular resolution, Bezier splines and thin walls without any heartache. Excellent coverage in a simple manner.
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