Question:

Can sketchup be used for 3d printing?

3 October, 2021 Robert Latson 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: LLOYD PECORA
    15 October, 2021

    Sketchups capability on 3D printing is not as good as some other software on the market. While it's possible to export a STL file, the process may have errors and introduce geometry issues. Sketchup can simulate real-time shadows from an object by exporting a still image. This will provide a more accurate representation of what your object would look like if it were cast under different conditions such as sun direction, time of day or climate condition for example. However, there are limitations with SketchUp due to being designed for rendering images and not creating final products that need to be read by a printer drive control electronics loop mechanism system which controls the positioning of linear axes in three dimensional space.

  • AUTHOR: WILLIAM MCNAUGHT
    15 October, 2021

    In short, no. SketchUp can be used to design a 3D object, but it cannot be translated into a file that can be read by a 3D printer. To create a 3D model in a format that can be used by a printer one must use Fusion 360, SolidWorks or another program capable of creating saveable CAD files under the STL standard (e.g., Rhino). 3D printing tech has been around since the 1980s and has seen several iterations over the years; however, none of them offer software (and tools) to translate graphical models such as those created in sketchup into something printable without conversion first.

  • AUTHOR: JUAN LANZ
    15 October, 2021

    SketchUp can be used to design and render 3D models. 3D printing is one of the types of form outputs achievable with SketchUp. Many emerging technologies still require a capable "viewer" such as the Web Browser or an up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, but more common is use of free tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and Python for web applications; Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for designing web pages; and JavaScript libraries like JQuery and Dojo to make interactive apps that run in a browser without plug-ins like ActiveX or Java.

  • AUTHOR: ANDREW BADON
    15 October, 2021

    Yes, however there are currently simpler programs better suited for doing so. This question is very broad and could include a number of programming languages. SketchUp is not one of them, particularly because it requires downloading plugins in order to deal with things like materials, which make the program too complicated to use for this purpose. However if you are looking for other modeling tools that may be used specifically for 3D rendering or printing then Blender should be your first stop.

  • AUTHOR: BRIAN LATSON
    15 October, 2021

    Yes. There are a few software packages that have been specifically created for 3D printing, but SketchUp is not one of them. Sketchup can be used as a stepping stone to get more advanced software modeling programs running on your computer. That being said SketchUp cannot create models that can be printed on any 3D printer at the time of this writing. You will need some other piece of vertual design software to do so and converting from vector point formats is usually extremely difficult if not impossible with most household modelers.

  • AUTHOR: JUSTIN VOLKMAN
    15 October, 2021

    SketchUp is not the software traditionally used for 3D printing, but there are tutorials on YouTube that can show people how to create models that will then print with other software. Software typically used for 3D printing includes Google's Sketchup Pro or Cubits., although there are many. One of the most common takes Blender, MeshLab, netfabb and Slic3r. There are also numerous open-source variants of these programs available online--more so than what's available at a SketchUp AppStore. There is an interesting tutorial found here which teaches you how to create models using architects sketching technique principles before bringing it into blender where they can be converted into code readable by 3D printers.