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SketchUp Plugins for 3D Printing

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SketchUp plugins can be pretty handy for making your 3D designs printable. What is everyone using on their installs?

My current must have plugins are:

CleanUp³ - Removes stray "orphaned" lines from your models. Great for finding those hard to find parts that are keeping your model from being a manifold mesh.

Weld - Turns multiple edges into a single polyline.

Solid Inspector - Helps you find issues with your models that are keeping it from being a manifold mesh.

Shell - Adds thickness to single walled models. Somewhat finicky but it can easier than modeling complex shells on existing objects.

Shell - Offsets the surface in selected groups or components.
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/shell

The default thickness is as large as 500 mm, which makes it difficult to handle 3D printing.

Plugins > tt_shell > core.rb

[ Before modification ]
@settings.set_default( :thickness, 500.mm )

[ After modification ]
@settings.set_default( :thickness, 1.mm )

Make a list of boards from 3D drawing made with SketchUp
https://qiita.com/yasuraok/items/8e69234f96178c2d48f7

Draw Whorl
Draws spiral threads with tapered section (if needed) for making screw and bolt threads.

https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/draw-whorl

Powerful boolean operations for SketchUp
https://mindsightstudios.com/booltools-2/

It is better than the professional version of software.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4F8fXbG4e8
Trimble is skimming functional improvements.

SketchUp STL - Import and Export STL files for 3D printing
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl

When importing, the surface may not be joined well. It is better to change the setting as follows...
( Import STL Options > Scale > Units: Feet )

Perhaps, when someone made an STL file, the unit system would default to feet.

Unfortunately, size 1 mm is read as 304.8 mm. It is difficult to manually correct it, so I prepared a plugin to fix.
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/imaicom/Zcale/master/Zcale-selection2.rb

Install the Zcale-selection2.rb file to your sketchup Plugins directory.

CLF Label Open Faces
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/clf-label-open-faces

It is a plug-in which detects a face which is not closed. It is convenient to check because the open side can not be printed 3D.
Note that this script does not dig down into groups and components.

Curic Align - Align Objects
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/curic-align

You can use the function of aligning to XYZ axes. For 3D printing, the function of aligning to the Z axis is useful. To quicken it, right click and select the menu "Align XY plane(red-green)".

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Zorro2 - The classic slicing plugin
https://extensions.sketchup.com/content/zorro2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g7RC65ClFw

It is convenient to check the cross section.

Generate 2D SVG shapes from SketchUp faces
https://simonbeard.github.io/sketchup-svg-outline-plugin/

It is convenient for thin plate processing.

It's not a plug-in, but it's a necessary feature, so I will write it.

"MENU > Edit > Remove Guides"

You can clear all the guides in the drawing at once.

Thanks - I've been meaning to look up how to do that. Guides can get a bit hairy in a design without the occasional cleanup.

The launch of the sketchup was very late. Unplugging the SketchUcation plug-in is quicker to launch. It will take more than one minute to open and close the file.

I removed the following file from the plugin folder.

!SketchUcation_loader.rb
SketchUcation folder

Circle Intersect
http://sketchucation.com/plugin/1736-circle_intersect

It guides the position of circle and arc.

FixIt 101
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=323&t=58745

It corrects mistakes in figures automatically.

Circle from edge
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=329087%23p329087

It is a tool to write a circle by specifying the diameter. There are times when it is more convenient to write a circle with the center specified.

CenterPointAll.rb
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=71681%23p71681

A guide point can be set at the center of the face. It may be more convenient than the Guide Tools.

Guide Tools
http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/guide-tools

Automatic Face Reverser
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=29351%23p29351

When it is troublesome to unify the front and back of the face, it can be corrected collectively.

I have had this Program from the begining . I have found the Plugins for 3d Printing. and it is my tool of choice.

Selection Memory
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/selection-memory

Menu:Edit » Cycle Previous Selections

You can reproduce the previous selection. Handy when you deselect.

PARTcommunity
http://b2b.partcommunity.com/

You can download the CAD data from the model number of the parts.
Unfortunately , read one millimeter wrong one inch . I tried to contact support . It seems not to repair . Can be used if the size to 0.03937007874 (1mm/25.4mm).

I wrote the sketchup plugin. You can reduce the grouped items to their original size.
https://github.com/imaicom/Zcale

MoveIt v2.1.0
http://sketchucation.com/plugin/826-jf-moveit

Useful when you align the parts in the Z-axis .

There is another new plugin that I would like to add to the list.
MakePrintable - Prepare Sketchup files for 3D printing using cloud-based mesh repair fixer. Errors are detected and fixed automatically.

https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/makeprintable-3d-mesh-repair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_79__9JEB6Y

Ok I'd like to add a little to this list. here are 3 plugins that I couldn't do without. All of them are downloaded from sketchucation. you can sign op for free and download all of these. They are all from the "fredo6" collection. So you will need to download the "fredo6" plugin first.

JOINT PUSH PULL- allows you to push pull ANY surface.

ROUND CORNER- Just what it says. Rounds the corners of anything you select. You can change the round type as well as the rounded offset.

CURVILOFT- This is by far the best sketchup plugin in existence. Its difficult to explain what it does but heres a link to a video that will show you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usiX7fb_Sas

solid inspector or solid inspector2?

Since posting that I've switched to Solid Inspector 2. It works pretty well, though I have heard of people keeping both installed and running them both on tricky models.

I run both, they seem to work differently. Solid inspector does a better job of highlighting individual errors. Solid inspector 2 seems to want to automatically fix everything, it has more of a shotgun approach.

is this available the free version or full purchased software

Sketchup is free. The only difference between the free and paid versions is free sketchup does not have the boolean solids tools. And quite honestly you can do without them. All those plugins are free to use in free Sketchup. I reccomend getting solid inspector one and two. They work different and together they catch all problems.

Guide Tools ( Set of tools for creating construction points.)
http://extensions.sketchup.com/ja/content/guide-tools

A menu for determining the "CPoint at Arc Center" is useful. "CPoint at Arc Center" is more convenient than "CPoint at Circle Center" because it can be shared. If you assign a shortcut, "CPoint at Arc Center" is better.

[Plugin] Remove Inner Faces
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=91814%23p91814

The inner face that understanding I'm able to delete tightly .

SketchUp Plugins: How to Draw a Helix or a Spiral
http://www.cad-addict.com/2009/07/sketchup-plugins-how-to-draw-helix-or.html

use in conjunction with "follow me" tool.

It is a tool that you use when writing gear .

https://capolight.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/drawing-gears-in-sketchup/
It is a surprising effect . And free of charge .

Solid Inspector has been upgraded.

Solid Inspector²
http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/solid-inspector²

Inspect and repair solids in SketchUp

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Rotated Rectangle Tool Example
A tool to create rectangles in arbitrary orientations.

http://extensions.sketchup.com/ja/content/rotated-rectangle-tool

CLF Center on Origin
This plugin will center components and/or groups onto the model origin 0,0,0.

http://extensions.sketchup.com/ja/content/clf-center-origin

Solid inspector works ok on occasion, but it doesn't nearly come to the capabilities of netfabb cloud.

My most used plugins are STL export, and Soap Skin Bubble. If you have never heard of soap skin bubble it is extremely useful. Look it up on youtube and follow some tutorials on how to use it, soon you'll wonder how you got along without it.

The most important is "SketchUp STL". http://extensions.sketchup.com/fr/content/sketchup-stl

"Artisan Organic Toolset" can help for organic or low poly designs. http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/artisan-organic-toolset

Box selecting your model and intersecting faces before using the cleanup plugin really makes clean designs. Hide a face and look inside your model too. Click one outside face and use the right click menu to orient faces also. Mixed up faces can screw up your slicing. After all that unhide the face and export your STL.

Shapes - Easy way for creating 3D Shapes (Cubes, Spheres...)

I love Round Corners but it crashes my SU a lot. Do you have that issue? Could be conflicting plugins on my end I suppose.

Round Corners works well on my version of SU. I had to fiddle with the settings within Round Corners a bit for the best results, but its never crashed the software.

Huh strange. Are you on a PC? I wonder if it's an issue with the plugin and the Mac version of SU.

You definately don't want to forget this one. It's extremely handy

I use this plugin, works really well.