Sketchup STL Importer Plugins

As I’ve mentioned before, I do all of my 3D modeling in Sketchup.  It’s not open source, but it is free.1

Well, I’ve been monitoring the Capolight Electronics Blog lately – and it’s a good thing too.  Besides having some seriously amazing information about the thermal properties of plastic, he’s just posted about some useful importing/exporting plugins for Sketchup.  As easy as Sketchup is to use, it’s just not very good at exporting to STL.  I haven’t tried these plugins out – but I’m hopeful they will do the job.

If you try them out, please let me know how it goes!

  1. I suppose it’s really a “freemium” business model… []
June 22, 2010 | Comments Closed

Help with a RepStrap alternative list

I’m trying to put together a list of all of the RepRap/RepStrap alternatives out there. 1  Later I’ll put up the list with links to their instructions and where to get parts.  Here’s what I have so far:

  1. RepRap – Mendel, Mini-Mendel, Darwin, McWire
  2. MakerBot
  3. RepMan
  4. ShaperCube
  5. Profound Devices
  6. Tommilese

Am I leaving any out?  If so, please leave a comment.

  1. Mind, this is just a list of those open source 3d plastic FDM printers, where the plans and instructions are available.  It’s not meant to include those machines people are building on their own or converting existing 3axis CNC’s into a RepStrap. []