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Beginning Google Sketchup for 3D Printing

By Sandeep Singh

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Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing is an easy-to-use guide to the generation of Google Sketchup designs for the 3D printing process. This book helps the reader navigate the maze of the 3D design and 3D printing process from start to finish.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-3361-9
  • 328 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2010
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $44.99
  • eBook Price: $31.99
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The age of 3D printing and personal fabrication is upon us! You’ve probably heard of the incredibly sophisticated, yet inexpensive 3D printers that can produce almost any creation you give them. But how do you become part of that revolution?

Sandeep Singh takes you through the skills you need to learn and the services and technologies you need to know—explaining what 3D printing is, how it works, and what it can do for you. You’ll find yourself rapidly prototyping and learning to produce complex designs that can be fabricated by online 3D printing services or privately-owned 3D printers—in your hands in no time.

Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing starts by explaining how to use SketchUp and its plug-ins to make your design products. You will learn how to present and animate 3D models, and how to use Google Earth and 3D Warehouse to sell and market your 3D models. You'll also catch a glimpse of the 3D printing's future so you can plan ahead while mastering today's tools.

Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing is the perfect book for 3D designers, hobbyists, woodworkers, craftspeople, and artists interested in the following:

  • Designing in 3D using SketchUp
  • Using the online 3D printing pipeline
  • Animating SketchUp 3D models
  • Becoming familiar with rapid prototyping technology
  • Navigating new 3D and personal fabrication technologies 
  • Working with Google Earth and 3D Warehouse with confidence

    Welcome to the era of 3D printing and personal fabrication!

    What you’ll learn

    • 3D design for beginners
    • Using Sketchup
    • Using the online 3D printing pipeline
    • Animating Sketchup 3D models
    • Becoming familiar with rapid prototyping technology
    • Navigating new 3D and personal fabrication technologies
    • Negotiating Google Earth and 3D Warehouse with confidence

    Who this book is for

    3D designers, hobbyists, woodworkers, craftspeople and artists.

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    1. The Ins and Outs of Google SketchUp and Shapeways
    2. First 3D Printout
    3. Getting Your Juices Flowing
    4. 3D Model to 3D Print
    5. Tools and Techniques to Save Time
    6. Breaking the Barrier
    7. Modeling with Photographs
    8. Working with Symmetry
    9. Share with the World
    10. Animate with SketchyPhysics
    11. Using LayOut
    12. Exploring 3D Printing Alternatives
    13. Get Connected
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