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3D Printing with SketchUp by Marcus Ritland

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Modeling a vase

Modeling a vase can be a simple, rewarding exercise to help us understand wall thickness, model resolution (versus layer resolution), and build on our knowledge of overhangs. Adding handles will demonstrate how to use the Outer Shell command to combine several solids into a single manifold shell. Follow along in SketchUp as I walk through the steps and thought process I used when creating this vase.

Creating a profile

While there are several ways to model a vase, the easiest is using the Follow Me tool. The first step is to create the profile of one half of the vase, as shown in the following figure:

Creating a profile

Let's break this figure down. The ...

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