Just a heads up: The good people over at Ponoko are planning to hold an Online Training Extravaganza to get newbies up and running with their "personal factory" workflow. If you're interested in 3D printing, laser cutting or CNC routing, this is for you. They're giving discounts on their services just for registering. And since it's online, you don't even have to change out of your pajamas to attend. Bonus!
Two of the 3D printing presentations focus on using SketchUp; they're free, but you need to register beforehand. They're currently scheduled for:
- Tuesday, September 20th at 3pm Pacific Time | Register
- Tuesday, October 4th at 3pm Pacific Time | Register
The sessions on laser cutting and CNC routing both use Adobe Illustrator, but that's alright -- SketchUp Pro can export to DXF and DWG, both of which open beautifully in Illustrator. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all the sessions.
Just in case you missed it, here's a SketchUp & Personal Fabrication overview we put together a few months ago.