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Print-Ready Modeling and Scaling for Export

I have used the term print-ready a few times already in this book without really defining what it means. When I say that a model is print-ready, I am saying that it is a manifold solid, and should be recognized as printable by slicing software.

Modeling print-ready geometry is not the default method of modeling in SketchUp. Due to the open nature of SketchUp, you can model whatever you want, however you want. Modeling print-ready geometry means being consistent in your process of maintaining solid geometry as you model. Yes, you could model in a more haphazard manner, and then spend time assuring things are solid afterward, but modeling with the intention of sending your geometry out as a solid will ...

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