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From SketchUp to Rhino

Here's the steps that I take to import a model built in SketchUp into Rhino.

From SketchUp to VCarve

One of the 3D modelling tools that I use for designing plywood furniture is SketchUp. The goal is to have the plywood cut by a CNC router. The software I’ve been using to create the g-code for the router is VCarve. Here’s the process I’ve been using to get the 3D model from SketchUp into VCarve.

Rhino to VCarve Process

I'm currently using Rhino5 and Grasshopper for making parametric designs for plywood furniture. The goal is to have the plywood cut by a CNC router. The software I've been using to create the g-code for the router is VCarve. Here's the process I've been using to get the 3D model from Rhino to a format that can be used within VCarve.

From SketchUp to Laser Cutting

Here I'll explain the workflow that I use to go from a 3D SketchUp model to printing on a laser cutter.

Classes on modeling

The folks at MakingSociety.com have put together a great list on the courses available for a variety of modelling tools. You can check it out at http://makingsociety.com/2013/11/round-up-of-online-3d-modeling-classes-for-prototyping-and-3d-printing/.

Working on a design

I've been spending the last week or so getting up to speed on building scalable models. By scalable, I mean models that change dynamically when the end user adjusts a setting. To do this, I started with SketchUp. There's a free version of SketchUp available at http://www.sketchup.com/. The version is pretty powerful. But for the ability to have dynamic models, I needed the Pro version which cost around $500.