Beginning Google Sketchup for 3D Printing (Expert’s Voice in 3D Printing)

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

    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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    Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing.  A generation of “Makers” using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent — creating “the long tail of things”.

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    Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing

    The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that’s right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. We brought 16 of the top printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by the editors of MAKE and a number of luminaries in the field. We documented out-of-box experiences and subjected the printers to a number of print and torture tests. This issue presents our findings for you in a clear, concise manner.

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    Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, and the Coming Stock Market Boom

    We’re at the dawn of a new era: additive manufacturing allows us to create objects by programming and then printing them layer by layer.

    The way we make things hasn’t changed much since the days of a stone axe, made by bashing two rocks against one another. We take something big and make it useful by cutting, chiseling, drilling, and otherwise reducing it. We accept a huge amount of waste and severe technical limitations: for example, it may be impossible to drill an S-shaped passage through a solid piece of material.

    Now, think of printing a page on a dot-matrix printer, which delivers a multitude of color dots to a blank page. Imagine that this printer works in 3-D, printing one level on top of another, building a three-dimensional object, layer by layer.

    Such technology already exists; you can already buy and use a 3-D printer.

    This technology is overturning the key manufacturing principle of the past million years. Our ability to create new objects will soon be limited only by our ability to program them. We can create objects that are as complex on the inside as on the outside.

    For example, rather than driving to the hardware store to buy a wrench, we’ll have a 3D printer and download a file to print the tool we need. Not only will we save energy, we’ll need to buy less: you won’t have to get a complete socket set when all you need is a single size. Manufacturing will return to the US since it will cost roughly the same to print something in Detroit as in China but the shipping cost will be lower and time will be saved.

    The coming technological revolution will change our lives. Along the way it’ll fuel a stock market boom. This e-book will help prepare you for the great ride ahead and introduce you to the stocks of this looming bull market.

    SECOND EXPANDED EDITION, OCTOBER 2012 adds new chapters on:home-building, the military, companies outside the US and unlisted companies in the US.

    While additions are sprinkled throughout this book, the expanded chapters are: The tipping point, A meeting with a founding father, Medicine and dentistry, and The AM stocks to watch. All stock charts have been updated to reflect current market action. There are nearly 40 illustrations and links to a dozen videos.

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