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Sketchup "Skooter" extension10/26
Has anyone heard of or used this extension for sketchup? It promises to go from drawing in sketchup to DXF parts for CNC. The holy grail! But other than there website I can't find a thing about it.
There are other extensions to export DXF but circles and arc's are always broken, making them useless. The next closest way is to use Vcarve pro's sketchup import which is better but still a long way from perfect.
There are a couple other options but as you say, there is no perfect solution. The phlat plugin gives some decent workarounds for 2d parts and its free.
I think the skooter exension is pretty new. And have you seen the prices? Ouch! but if you were a big enough shop with enough volume it would probably be worth it. If you are making cabinetry you should check out cabinetsense and mozaik as they kind of sort out that process for you. There is also another plugin called something like GKW cabinetmaker(sp?) in the extttension warehouse that is a program for 32mm cabinetmaking
Prices seem a little unclear to me because they say "Subscription or License" so
$288 Monthly + "DXF Export, per machine type: $2,500" (whether that's annual or one off I don't know.)
"MAKE Software License, per user: $7,500" + "Annual Maintenance, per user: $1,500".
Either way its quite a bit more expensive that Mozaik.
My hope was that Skooter could handle more complex jobs for example on there images they show a curved counter and a flat pack CNC stool etc and for an extra $2500 to export DXF I would hope it is highly optimized compared to the standard sketchup export.
Continuing that thought, the CAM program I use is very picky. It's based on autocad so if I want to program a drilling operation the geometry MUST be a circle not a polyline or multiple lines like sketchups standard DXF export and if there are any overlapping geometry it can cause the machine to make multiple cuts often in the wrong direction, totally screwing up a part...
maybe it would be worth it to email them asking them for references. At the prices they are advertising I cant really pursue it, otherwise i would call them up myself
So one of the guys from skooter contacted me today, an it sounds like they have a lot to offer. Any who used sketchup and is interested should give them a call.
I wonder how robust the CNC output is?
Does it export parts in the correct orientation?
Does it use layers?
All questions they would be happy to answer. From what I gather they set up a custom configuration based on your needs