Exploring 3D Printing Alternatives
Throughout most of this book, you have spent a majority of your time learning about Shapeways and SketchUp. Both work well together when designing and developing models for 3D printing. The ease of using SketchUp and the ability to effortlessly upload and 3D print models are amazing. In this chapter, we switch gears and introduce a few other tools and services for designing and manufacturing your models. We start with an introduction to Ponoko and learn how to use this service for laser-cutting parts. We then briefly go over a few other 3D printing resources available online (Redeye, QuickARC, Xardas, and AlphaPrototypes). These services offer different material, apply different printing techniques, and convert SketchUp files to STL files compared to Shapeways. We conclude the chapter with a brief overview of the RepRap project and the fab@home machines.
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