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This group is a place to discuss using Trimble SketchUp for 3D printing.

SketchUp Make can be downloaded for free here: http://www.sketchup.com/download

The Extension Warehouse and SketchUcation are great resources for SketchUp plugins and are worth checking out.

To get SketchUp working for 3D printing you'll likely want to start with this STL Import/Export plugin

Can SketchUp Make be used freely with sites such as Thingiverse and 3d Warehouse?

I asked the same question on 3D Printing StackExchange and the SketchUp Community and the response is mixed at best. It would be nice to know what limits I am facing before I get too (much more) familiar with a tool.

The non-commercial use of the output of the software could mean that sharing with any commercial entity might be no-no. That would include sites like Thingiverse as they generate revenue from the deigns either directly (cuts of print jobs) or indirectly (extra printers sold).

Then there is the question of whether you have to restrict commercial use of any designs you share and forbid the 3D printing of a design by a paid for service. The simplest permissive scenario might be that I cannot accept a 3D HUBS or Print a Thing job that uses a model I have worked on in SketchUp Make but I could accept any others.

Does anyone have a clear answer to what limits SketchUp Make puts on the use of designs made with it?

I Started using SketchUp when google owned it. Creating 3D Office layouts so managers could figure things out. before that using 3d Studio max for game modeling (did very little though more for enjoyment... like painting)

I use ExportStl plugin along with a few others by freddie

I have been using Sketchup from the begening. I thought I new everything about it. not so, then I found 3Dprintihg, then got the Plug-in and found out how much I didn't know. Wow, that opened my eyes! the things I learned in the last month or so pushed me to know the program that much better and it grows every Day.

Just Join and up loaded my frist file. I have been using Sketchup for alohg time, good to know there's a lot of you out there!

Is this your modeling tool of choice?

I tend to default to it because it's quick and I know it very well.

That being said it's not the best tool out there and I'm not sure I would recommend it to new modelers. It requires a lot of plug-ins and know-how to make it produce results I'm happy with.

But it can be super fast when you're trying to "sketch" out a new idea. I still tend to prototype more complex customizable designs in SU before transitioning them to OpenSCAD.

It was for me! and it was eazer than openCad! know That I have gone to 3DPrinting I have learnded That you need "solid' in the info Part? other wise it may be a bad print.