3D Printing School: Color Printing with SketchUp


This has eluded me for a long time. But as you can see from the photo above, I’ve finally figured out how to print in color on Shapeways from SketchUp! I’ve read several “Color Printing with SketchUp” tutorials but I always seemed to have strange issues. I’ve finally managed to solve all my problems by mashing up the many tutorials I’ve read and troubleshooting my issues. I have a feeling other people out there are struggling with some of the things I was so I thought I’d share my own “Color Printing with SketchUp” tutorial.

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How I do it: Dropbox


If you don’t have Dropbox installed stop what you’re doing and install it.

Go ahead.

I’ll wait.

For those not “in the know”, Dropbox is free a cloud based backup/psedo-versioning system. And it’s awesome, oh, and it’s free.┬áNote: I really like Dropbox but Google Drive, SpiderOak, box.com, Microsoft SkyDrive, and BitTorrent Sync are all good alternatives. The important thing here is to backup your files! I also use Dropbox to keep my 3D modeling software in sync, here’s how I do it.

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Paging Mr. Morrow. Mr. Tom Morrow.

As you may have noticed from reading my blog I’m a bit of a Disney fan. Especially when it comes to Disney parks. I’m love the way they mix innovative engineering with spectacular story telling, the fact that they’re able to blend the two seamlessly has always impressed me, and has inspired my own DIY projects. This summer I decided to push my own 3D modeling skills, and you guessed it, I picked one of my favorite Walt Disney World ride vehicles as my subject.

I decided to model the Tomorrowland Transite Authority (TTA) ride vehicle, sometimes also called the “People Mover”. The majority of my 3D modeling is “purpose driven”, if I have something to repair or a part missing around the house I model a replacement. While I’ve gotten pretty handy at modeling functional parts I thought it was time to try something a bit more creative, a bit less practical, and a bit more fun.

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