First, please forgive my sad newbie knowledge with sketchup. I’m pretty comfortable with most graphic design software (photoshop, cc suite etc…), but I’ve literally only just started tinkering with Sketchup. I’m am just starting out with 3d printing, and this is my first design. I know the wisdom is usually you need to walk before you can run, but this is something I actually need, and there is no pre existing design that I’ve found. This is basically a rectangle shaped bar, that is attached to a telescope, and the bar is then attached to the telescope mount. (MEADE LXD75).
I’ve managed to setup a “base” shape/layer for the item in sketchup, and ensure the 3 axis dimensions are accurate to final sizes (11" long, 1.7" wide, 0.5" tall). As great as it would be if the design was super simplistic…it isn’t (see images). It’s not horribly complex, but it does require specific modifications along pre existing flat faces. For example, the side length face of the rectangle that is currently flat, needs a section in the middle to be “detached” from the rest of the face, and angled inwards. I think it’s easier to post pictures of where I am at, and what the finished product should be, and let you all offer input. See below
The final product should look like the images listed under GP/SX Series Male Dovetail Plate at this page: http://www.company7.com/vixen/mounts/mounthd.html