3D Printing with SketchUp
By Marcus Ritland
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 136

In Detail

As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to utilize the technology. SketchUp is a popular 3D modelling tool and is among the easiest programs to work with as a beginner. Whether printing on your desktop, or outsourcing to a commercial 3D print service, this is a skill you'll want in your portfolio.

Starting with an overview of 3D printing technologies, you will learn how to design SketchUp models for 3D printing, set up a template for 3D printing, explore the specific requirements for a 3D printable model, and look at the essential SketchUp extensions for 3D printing. You will start by printing a simple 3D model, progress to importing images that can be used to make 3D models, and move on to tweaking the model for specific 3D printers.
This book delves into the most important concepts for designing 3D printable models, from wall thickness and modelling solids, to using available models and adapting them to your needs.

You will also learn where to access, and more importantly, how to adapt existing 3D models available online for your own use. Finally, this book will show how it’s possible to use Google Earth terrain and modify existing architectural SketchUp models before printing.


This book teaches practical techniques using real-world case studies to help you design models that print right the first time.

Who this book is for

If you are familiar with SketchUp and want to print the models you’ve designed, then this book is ideal for you. You don’t need any experience in 3D printing; however, SketchUp beginners will require a companion book or video training series to teach them the basic SketchUp skills.

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Brief Introduction in 3D Printing

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  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written


  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly 3D Printing with SketchUp:

This book is more of a short introduction to 3D printing than I was expecting. I've recently purchased a 3D printer and I found only a few tips in this entire book helpful. The author has a great writing style that is easy to read but often the book just tells you to use trial and error to figure out what works best. While I understand that each printer is different and there is no one size fits all advice, I just wish it had more real tips to reduce the number of bad prints you make or more advanced techniques like how to hollow out designs to use less plastic. Most of the tips included in the book are the same ones you read on beginning 3D printing tutorials. The book also has a focus on 3rd party printing services which isn't that useful for readers that own a 3D printer.

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