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Old Jan 12, 2010, 02:38 PM
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Anyone using Google' s free Sketchup for CAD Cam?

Anyone? Rich
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:14 PM
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I messed with it a bit and did not like it.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 05:35 PM
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Rich, take a look at Karl's thread, for example.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1145757
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 05:41 PM
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I use Sketchup for both CAD and CAM. Though Sketchup appears kind of crude, it has been used to create complex and awesome models, such as the one mentioned above.

The CAM functions with my Iron Phlatprinter and provides the output for G-code using the Phlatscript plugin.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 06:27 PM
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I just posted this video on another thread about it:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...97&postcount=4
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 06:40 PM
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There are number of people using SU in the scratch-built foamies section

TVCasualty's F4U build is a good example
Here's a long thread about SU for modeling.

With all its plugins, it is pretty powerful and you can't beat the price.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 09:18 PM
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Thanks...I haven't gotten into as I'd like to...but..it is free and has a lot of supporters that constantly add tools for others to use. I like that. Rich.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 11:20 PM
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We use the free version of Google SketchUp all of the time. It's awesome. We are able to generate the g-code needed to cut our models on the Phlatprinter using the Phlatscript which is a free plug in we offer written by volunteers and works in conjunction with Sketchup.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 07:01 PM
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I am still getting into it, but here is an example of my personal experience with sketchup cad to cam. Oops, my pdf file ended up at the bottom. Anyways, 1st picture is the inspiration and the story was that I modeled it in sketchup and wrote this tutorial. I've printed it to pdf, so people can easily see it. It's at the bottom of the post, now. At the time, I also provided the cut files generated from sketchup, but to my knowledge no one ever made one of mine. However kram242 follow the tutorial and made his own, using the picture of a real light bulb. He even has the threads. You can can continue from the text of the 2nd picture.
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Old Jan 15, 2010, 12:16 AM
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Just wanted to add this, pics of my original version in sketchup:
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Old Jan 15, 2010, 03:05 PM
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Oh I do! Its so simple, basic yet capable! I love it. Mind you it can't do near what Rhinor or solidworks or other CAD programs like that maybe because sketchup is an architectual cad program but still rhino and the others can do splines, polylines well like crazy shapes that would be ahrd to do with sketchup but as far as profiles go sketchup is a great program. Also its free!

I still am looking for help with it though mainly on skinning/covering an airplane.
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Old Jan 15, 2010, 06:23 PM
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su has a bunch of plugins that support splines, polylines, meshes, catmull and so on. the beauty of the plugin model is that it allows active 3rd party developer participation. There are literally hundreds of plugins available.
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Old Jan 15, 2010, 08:21 PM
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Quite right that is true perhaps I have that idealism of "price is what counts"
I like sketchup because it's easy to use and I can do what I wan't to do.
Just curious can we post like a "CAD build thread" kind of thing on here? or a post I mean.

Where we show our designing of a plane and show areas where we need help etc...
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Old Jan 15, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Personally, I think this forum is the perfect place to post all the CAD design work on a project. Then move to the appropriate forum (scale, sailplans, etc.) for the actual build, referencing back to the CAD design stage here of course.

Right now, CAD portions of build logs are scattered all over the forum.

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Old Jan 15, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Ok sounds good
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