Thursday, March 27, 2014

Get the 3D Printing Models from my Book

Thanks for the great feedback on the new 3D printing book - so far it seems to be a hit! 

I've put many of the models from the book online for anyone to download for free. (Though of course the idea is for you to use the book to learn how to make these models on your own!)

In case you haven't looked yet, here is a summary of all of the models in the book. If you want something from this summary that doesn't appear on the download list below, please let me know and I'll add it.

You can find these download models on a relatively new website: This UK-based site was set up recently by high school teacher Phil Cotton, who found me via the book release announcement from 3D Printing Industry.

Here's what Phil wrote when he contacted me about getting my models on his site:
My background in 3D printing stems from teaching it in school, and then winning a 3D Print Show Award for Educational Excellence. Before this I was a Industrial Design graduate from Loughborogh University in the UK. As a hobby I was designing for Cubify, and when they ended their marketplace I wanted somewhere else to host my models. Also, I had shown my high school CAD students that they could get paid for good models, so it turned into an enterprise / business aspect of teaching. 
I can see your book becoming a very big educational feature - students will be able to self-teach at home at their own pace, and not be constrained by lesson timings. Independent learning is a massive thing many student lack at the moment.
So here are the links to download my models:
DNA (my favorite!)

Jewelry Box (with dovetail joints, no glue needed!)

Penrose Rhombs ("fat" and "skinny" tiles)

 Die with Numbers (no dots here!)

Enjoy, and please feel free to share your own 3D printing models with me!

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Modeling with SketchUp for 3D Printing - Book is Out!

Drum roll.... after several months of writing and printing and printing and writing some more, the 3D printing book is finished! Here it is:

The projects in this book demonstrate tools, techniques, and the essential plugins you'll need to design and print fabulous models you can actually hold in your hand. These models can be sent to any 3D printer; the only limit is your imagination.

As always, we've got it in PDF format as well as color print.

And as always, we've got a Sampler PDF so you can check out each and every project I've demonstrated in the book.

My blog post from last month showed a few of the projects from the book. And just as I was ready to wrap things up, my daughter asked for a DNA model for school. So here's that one - the last project in the book (and my favorite):

As you might have noticed on the cover image, this book is part of the new "SketchUp Specialties Series" (the first book, actually). More in this series are planned, including collaborative books on SketchUp for interior design, film / stage, kitchens / baths, and more.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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