Thursday, October 18, 2012

SketchUp 2012 Basecamp and MakerBots

We just returned from the SketchUp 2012 Basecamp.

The Guest Speaker of this year's Basecamp was Bre Pettis of MakerBot who has developed a 3D Printer which interfaces with SketchUp to create plastic prototypes and plastic parts directly from SketchUp models.

The story of how they developed was fascinating.

With a MakerBot, you can design 3D objects in SketchIUp, export them with the STL format exporter, load the MakerBot up with either ABS plastic(what Lego blocks are made of) or PLA (biodegradable - made of corn), and create real objects -either as prototypes for as finished products.
Bre brought along several MakerBots which we got to try out on Tuesday,