- STL triangles. Apply it for Makerbot or Reprap style 3D printers.
- DXF polyface mesh. It is useful for replicating your original Sketchup model.
- DXF polylines: Exports the outlines of each face like a polyline, a bit helpful for CAM toolpaths.
- DXF triangular mesh: Splits all the faces up into triangles.
- DXF lines. This option can export the edges in the model like lines.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Guitar-list has developed this free plugin script for sketchup. The plugin is compatible with Sketchup 6, 7, 8 and Sketchup Make (Sketchup 2013) as well as sketchup v.8 M3, v.8 M2 as well as Win & Mac.
With this sketchup plugin script the users will get rid of the problem for exporting free version of sketchup to several CAM programs as CAM program does not support the native Sketchup (SKP) file format. This plugin facilitates to export your Sketchup model as a DXF or STL files recognizable with most CAM and 3D printer software.
In order to apply this script, the sketchup users have to copy this file and turn on Sketchup and there will be an extra menu option (Export to DXF or STL) available in the Sketchup Tools menu.
There are five export options:
The plugin will be unworkable if the users prefer to save the exported file in a position where one of the folders have non latin or non unicode characters like “ą, ż, ź, ć, ń, ó, ł”.
The plugin’s output is well-matched with the several CAD/CAM programs: DXF: Cambam, Sketchup, A9CAD, DeskProtoLite, Vectric Cut-2D, Corel Draw, Inkscape, LibreCAD as well as STL: SkeinForge, FreeMill, Vectric Cut-3D, Roland Modela Player, Boxford’s 3D GeoCAM, Carvewright Designer software, DeskProtoLite, MeshCAM Art, Art Cam.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Ike, a leading developer of synchronized software and hardware, just launched Spike. It is the first ever world's laser based smartphone accessory that utilizes GPS, and other sensors to capture, quantify, map, model, distribute, and 3D print concerning any object up to 200 yards by snapping a picture through smartphone.
This 3d application is very useful for measuring larger distances and the sketchup users will be able to export the measurements and automatically produce a 3D model in SketchUp.
Spike contains a laser, a 3D compass, and its own rechargeable battery and apply these to calculate approximately & precisely of the size of objects or structures anywhere from six to 600 feet away. The dimensions for the specified objects in a scene are automatically superimposed on the photo you snap.