Thnx, Curufea. Meanwhile I have found a svg exporter for laser cutters... it exports the lines but no faces, so i need to join them node by node to rebuild the faces. It is a boring process but at least it works.
It also translates arcs in a series of little straight lines (i don't know if it is the plugin or the way Sketchup works). For the tiny scale of my current experiment it is not really important, but if i plan to do bigger things it can become noticeable.
I also tried a trick found in the web wich consist in printing the top view to a PDF, and then importing the PDF. I obtain a vector draw, but is really ugly (thousands of nodes and too much placement errors).
I'm hoping that you or someone else know a better exporter.
I've not used sketchup at all, unfortunately, I tend to use Lightwave for models (although I have a fairly old version these days).
It does annoy me in photoshop that PDF imports become rasterised - it has a perfectly adequate vector system built in. Not as good as Coreldraw or inkshape, but still workable - I don't know why they don't use it.
"This is my timey wimey detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."
It only took me six years to accidentally find the sketchup -> dxf converter! If only I knew the right keywords to search for in this forum... Guess I'll be combing the posts again just in case I missed something else.
This is going to make my process a wee bit better!
So, I did a quick test to see if I could unflatten something simple in sketchup myself, make the tabs in sketchup, import into Silhouette Studio (instant cutfiles!) print as PDF from studio, import into GIMP and apply textures. It sounds silly, but it's not that bad, really.
I exported the entire model from sketchup. Some of the export options didn't play well with Studio at all (like "polyface mesh", and others worked OK with tweaking. Once imported into Studio, I had to rescale the lines. What I ended up doing was selecting everything, ungrouping, editing the lines, break ALL the paths. Then I could scale the lines together and typically there was a line I could use as a reference to make sure the size was correct. Some lines were duplicated because of the way the faces exported. I suspect if I exported only lines from sketchup it might have been better. Still will experiment more. Anyway, after cleaning up the duplicate lines, I made a compound path out of the score lines and a compound path out of the cutlines. I then edited each, joining the points together to make a longer polyline.
Once this is done, I set all line colors to black, made scorelines a dashed line, made the line thickness something like 0.3pt, printed using a PDF printer.
In GIMP, I opened the PDF at 300 dpi. Using Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Channel, I converted white to alpha, and I had my lines layer to then apply textures under.
The stuff I do in 3d is simple, so this process will last me a good while until I decide to learn some better tools.
mproteau: I can now access my models! I think it was just waiting for me to return to work... Sketchup didn't want me wasting any of my vacation time, but my WORK time is a whole other story.
Apr 23, 2018 4:47:54 GMT -9
lightning: That's your computer telling you to take it slow! :-)
Apr 22, 2018 7:21:25 GMT -9
mproteau: Ugh. Just got back from vacation, refreshed and ready to make progress. I go to load my sketchup reference model (which I had done at work, so I used the online sketchup version) and... "Sorry, we seem to be having problems looking up your models."
Apr 21, 2018 13:08:18 GMT -9
squirmydad: I disabled the PostImage button and found a cute workaround for the broken images, things should be okay again.
Apr 17, 2018 7:09:16 GMT -9
squirmydad: New "Add Image" button added, not Postimage, some place called imgbb, seems to work, go try to break it while we wait on postimage to get their act together.
Apr 17, 2018 6:46:14 GMT -9
lightning: It should be in the database. I think it could be done as SQL command=
Apr 16, 2018 20:42:02 GMT -9
Vermin King: don't freak out about the edits... just cc'ing the org's
Apr 16, 2018 20:24:47 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, changing 'postimage.org' to 'postimage.cc' allows an image to show (I was wondering if the codes migrated, and it works). There isn't a way to do something in the forum code making that switch forum-wide is there?
Apr 16, 2018 17:49:02 GMT -9
Vermin King: I wonder why postimg.cc is working and postimg.org isn't. Why wouldn't they work off the same platform, unless they changed their user agreement...
Apr 16, 2018 4:39:38 GMT -9
lightning: With all the problems with the new Win10 update (pics on the forum and photoshop) I really wonder how a) MS tests their updates and b) how application developers program these days that an update can have these effects?!?
Apr 15, 2018 23:06:31 GMT -9
oldschooldm: Is there a way we can poke the server to make this substitution automatically?
Apr 14, 2018 9:30:00 GMT -9
oldschooldm: postimg.cc seems to be working, but postimg.org isn't.
Apr 14, 2018 9:29:34 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I am currently in the process of recovering from the latest update. I have to wonder how much productivity the averaged windows update sucks out of the world. I have no news on Tomoko coreyhaim8mydog
Apr 13, 2018 19:20:19 GMT -9