Creating Inner Supports


#1

Hey everyone,

I’m a fairly new user but I’ve got some projects in mind so I’m just coming to grips with how it all works.

My overarching plan is to write out a name in block capitals, already collected. I’m going to cut it in half through the middle so I can add some diodes to light it from the inside.

My question is, is there a way I can add supports to the hollow inside of both halves so they can be easily connected after they’re printed?

Cheers everyone!


#2

Are you using the 3d text tool within SketchUp to make your text?


#3

I will do if they have block capitals and if I can find a way to conjoin them. If not I’ll have to do something else…


#4

From my understanding what you’re trying to do you could try something like this, they can just be snapped together


#5

That’s it exactly, but I’m not sure how to create something like the ‘E’ with those little supports already built in. Is there an option for it?


#6

I just did it manually
Here’s an example, the letter is 4" tall and 1/8" thick.
once the first piece is there i explode it and offset the top face 1/8" and pull it up 3/16" to give it an overall thickness of 5/16". once i have the circle of the support i copy and paste it to make the upper and bottom pieces
on the bottom piece i push the circle down 3/16" for the hole depth, on the upper piece i pull it out 1/8" to make the pin.

Here’s the link to the GIF