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 Post subject: Creating .STL files from free version of Google SketchUp
PostPosted: Tue 21 Jul , 2009 16:34 pm 
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Enter as much information about your CNC hardware and software as you can - it makes it easier for everyone to know what you're talking about then.
Google SketchUp is a free 3D modelling tool, and there is a plugin available which will allow you to create .STL 3D model files suitable for loading into Denford QuickCAM 3D to make cutter paths from.

Download and install SketchUp from here: http://sketchup.google.com/download/

Then install the plugin available here: http://www.guitar-list.com/download-sof ... dxf-or-stl
(at time of writing, the file was skp_to_dxf.rb)
Save the file into the SketchUp plugin directory which is normallly here: C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 7\Plugins

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 Post subject: Re: Creating .STL files from free version of Google SketchUp
PostPosted: Tue 21 Jul , 2009 16:37 pm 
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Enter as much information about your CNC hardware and software as you can - it makes it easier for everyone to know what you're talking about then.
... Run SketchUp and have a browse through the masses of 3D models...


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 Post subject: Re: Creating .STL files from free version of Google SketchUp
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Enter as much information about your CNC hardware and software as you can - it makes it easier for everyone to know what you're talking about then.
... select (highlight) the model and goto the Tools menu, select Export to DXF or STL and choose the .STL option when asked and save the file...


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 Post subject: Re: Creating .STL files from free version of Google SketchUp
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Enter as much information about your CNC hardware and software as you can - it makes it easier for everyone to know what you're talking about then.
... load up the .stl file in QuickCAM 3D or QuickCAM Pro and create a CNC toolpath 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Creating .STL files from free version of Google SketchUp
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OMG!!

It is a wonderful idea. Now I need to find a block of wood to make that happen. lol..

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