How to Use Google SketchUp for Ponoko 3D Printing

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Step 1: Sign Up

Before you can even think about 3D printing objects you have to sign up for Ponoko at  I would recommend to only use the prime service if you are going to print a large amount of objects/products using ponoko.  Choose a unique name and password.  After you have done this sign up for google sketch at  It's really simple and fast to download.  

Step 2: Open Sketchup

Once you have downloaded google sketch up  double click the icon.  

Step 3: Before You Start Drawing

I highly recommend watching these tutorials provided by google.  They will give you more insight into how you can use sketchup.

Step 4: Draw Away

The best advice i ever heard when trying to learn to use 3D/drawing software is to "just mess around with it for a while." Use all of the tools and draw away. Get a feeling for what you want and try to execute it to the best of your ability. The first thing that I ever made using sketchup was a 3D blue blox with a mouth drawn on with skark's teeth.  

Step 5: Save/Upload the File to Your Computer

When you are done making the object that you want save the file, but make sure to save the file in STL, DAE or VRML 97 format.

Step 6: Upload to Ponoko

Sign in to ponoko, check your stats and upload away.  Then choose how long you want your order to take and order it.  

Step 7: Take a Picture

When you receive your 3D printed object in the mail take a picture of it and put it up on ponoko's showroom to share/self-market and wait for the sales to come in.

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    6 years ago

    It's so saffistacated I'd rather draw


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a fantastic instructable, have a look at my ibles as well
    Star-Wars X-Wing 2 and Arduino Remote Control Car.
    Thanks and I rated yours 4.5*
    Well done again!!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    You must have images on each step. Those images should NOT be random clip art you found on the Web. Take screenshots of your own session, or save images of your own project as you develop it.

    You may also want to reconsider stealing accidentically copying the exact title of a Featured Instructable from yesterday.

    2 replies

    Honestly, I understand that this is not, by far, the best tutorial in any way shape or form. i was just trying to submit something to this competition ( I only found out about it 10 minutes before it was about to close and figured I should submit something rather than nothing. I did not "steal" anything for this tutorial. I was simply following the instructions as to how to enter the "Great Google Ponoko Challenge." If I followed the instructions incorrectly than I apologize, but it was not my goal to steal anything.

    I must apologize. That was snarkier than it needed to be, and I'm sorry about that. The title caught me off guard (and when you publish an Instructable, it doesn't show that it's going into a contest until it's been approved by the Staff). Thank you for the link to the contest -- it make it clear that you have to use that exact title, so I was out of line.

    Instructables' guidelines (not rules, just guides) are that authors should use original pictures wherever possible, especially if they're supposed to be pictures of something they have done or made. With ten minutes before the contest deadline, I think you made a reasonable choice to grab some appropriate imagery.

    Again, my apologies for the tone of my post. If you'd prefer, I can delete it.