As I’ve mentioned before, I do all of my 3D modeling in Sketchup. It’s not open source, but it is free.
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!
I’m a big fan of Google Sketchup. I know it’s not open source, but damn it sure is easy to use. The other day I noticed this blog post about a new Sketchup STL Importer plugin. Earlier I had posted about other useful Sketchup plugins, and this one will probably make my list too. I’ve installed it, but not tried it out yet, so caveat emptor.
I caught sight of this through Spacexula‘s RepRap Aggregator Feed – a $100 open source CNC mill. I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to have an additive and subtractive CNC machine sitting next to one another.
But, $100?! It’s like someone would be paying me to build the thing.
I’m trying to put together a list of all of the RepRap/RepStrap alternatives out there. Later I’ll put up the list with links to their instructions and where to get parts. Here’s what I have so far:
- RepRap – Mendel, Mini-Mendel, Darwin, McWire
- Profound Devices
Am I leaving any out? If so, please leave a comment.