Customs: Uploading to shapeways

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  1. Master Blaster

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    So I've been using Google's rather cool sketchup v8 to design my own, more G1-inspired weaponry for my classics autobots. I've gotten pretty good too I dare say, especially considering the free version of sketchup is fairly tool-limited.


    My problem? Apparently a scaling issue! I always select product design- mm in sketchup, draw to the final scale I want the piece to be, and export as an .stl file (read A1's post about them being better than .dae files) for uploading.


    But both designs I've thus far tried to upload have returned with a scaling issue. Now customer services fixed it first time, but didn't explain at all what he'd done (so I also don't know if he preserved the dimensions I wanted, as I can't reopen the fixed file in sketchup).


    I was wondering if anyone experience in sketchup and accutrans/meshlab could provide a short guide/tutorial for correctly scaling a design for uploading? Thanks!
     
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    I know it sounds silly, but when you are uploading to Shapeways you are selecting the mm option rather then leaving it the default of inches? (Easy mistake so just thought I would eliminate that possibility right off the mark).

    Also are you importing the file into accutrans/meshlab then using whichever program to convert your sketchup model into the .stl? There is a plugin for Sketchup that allows you to export it straight as an .stl which i have been using with no scaling problems.
     
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    I am indeed.
    hmm I'll give that a go, hopefully that'll fix it. I've been using meshlab to convert to .stl, I only use accutrans to check the model is watertight. I'll get that plugin now and update in a moment, thanks!
     
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    Let me know if you have any trouble finding it, and I will see if I can remember where I got it from.
     
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    Yeah, I tried one that offered dxf and stl exports, but shapeways doesn't recognise it. If you can remember where yours is from that'd be awesome :) 
     
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    I found mine on the Shapeways fourm, and it also offers dxf and stl export. Might be the same one? It's called skp_to_dxf.rb.
     
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    Yeah that's the one I got, no problem there now. I have to ensure that I add .stl to the end of the document name.


    .......and it works, hurrah! Ta mate :D  Dunno why it wasn't working when I used meshlab to export it, but works fine through the plugin, so great! Gonna start uploading all my designs so I can open shop, thanks again man!
     
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    No problem glad that you got it working and that I could help you out a bit. Be sure to post up a link to your designs, would be interesting to see what you have come up with.
     
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    In the sig mate, keep an eye on it as I'll be uploading designs all week!
     
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    So it is! Will keep a look out.
     

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