Category Archives: 3D Design

Drawing gears in Sketchup.

Update: March 2015 For a copy of the plugin please see this link as the original owner appears to have moved the site. This version has been updated to work with the newer versions of sketchup. If you have trouble with this … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Mantis Repstrap.

The Mantis CNC is a well thought out and very easy to construct PCB mill. Unfortunately, as it was originally designed as a PCB milling tool its build area is very restricted both horizontally and vertically. Because of this, and a few … Continue reading

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Using sketchup’s ‘Import Photo’ Function to model objects.

In sketchup there are a number of ways in which you can import an image. These are outlined in the short video below that’s made by concept3d. With this in mind I thought, I would have a go at copying an object … Continue reading

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A Mendel built in sketchup

By using the supplied STL files, a few hours of my time and the mechanical construction  instructions I was able to make a fairly accurate representation of the Mendel in sketchup. You can also see a rather nifty interactive 3D view at this link. … Continue reading

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Importing, exporting and making ‘manifold’ objects in sketchup

In a nut shell: An importer and exporter plugin for STL files in sketchup, along with a program to make your objects ‘mainfold’ can be found in one file here or here (mirror). Read the ‘how to’ text file in … Continue reading

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Playing in google sketchup.

Its all well and good to have a working reprap, but with out the skills to design new parts I would be limited to what ever already exists on thingiverse.com and other such sites. Since my own Mendel wont be … Continue reading

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