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FREE CAM plugin for Sketchup

So we don't use Sketchup. Sadly. It's such a great little tool, and does so much, and is a lot of fun to work with. But for what we do we've found Revit to be a better fit. However, our good friends over at Zomadic use it. A lot. And, being that Rob over there has some good Ruby chops, well they wrote their own plug-ins for generating the job files straight from the Sketchup models. Even better yet, they recently released their plug-ins as Open Source, meaning they are now free for all!

Check it out: http://code.google.com/p/zomadicam/

Sketchup to CAM

The way it works is via custom right-click menus, it allows you to 'clone' parts out of your Sketchup models and toolpath them. Way cool stuff.

Now, it's Open Source, and works well for Rob but it's not a complete, ready-to-go solution. But for those willing to get their hands a little dirty, what better thing to work on than making Sketchup generate actual real stuff?

So we don't use Sketchup. Sadly. It's such a great little tool, and does so much, and is a lot of fun to work with. But for what we do we've found Revit to be a better fit. However, our good friends over at Zomadic use it. A lot. And, being that Rob over there has some good Ruby chops, well they wrote their own plug-ins for generating the job files straight from the Sketchup models. Even better yet, they recently released their plug-ins as Open Source, meaning they are now free for all!

Check it out: http://code.google.com/p/zomadicam/

Sketchup to CAM

The way it works is via custom right-click menus, it allows you to 'clone' parts out of your Sketchup models and toolpath them. Way cool stuff.

Final Product!

Now, it's Open Source, and works well for Rob but it's not a complete, ready-to-go solution. But for those willing to get their hands a little dirty, what better thing to work on than making Sketchup generate actual real stuff?

Jeffrey McGrew