I am using the non pro version of Sketchup. I had hoped to use it to create files (STL format is fine) that I could take to my CadCam program to run on my small home CNC. I do have Vectric Aspire, but for some things features in Sketchup would be much more convenient. I think I see the answer to my question inferred through several other posts but want to be certain I am interpreting this correctly.
So…let’s say I made a birdhouse in Sketchup. The design is fancy and has mortis and tenons for joining the various parts and Sketchup is a whiz at doing something like that. When it is done I would like to take that design and move it to Aspire to cut the parts on my CNC. I do not see an easy way to take the elements of my 3D model of the birdhouse and explode them and orient them on the same plane in a way that would translate to the CNC? In other posts about CNC’s it appears the only way to do this would be to select one part and hide everything else then save it out as an STL file to take to the CNC. Repeat this for each part of the bird house.
With a small project like a bird house that would not be too bad. For anything with a larger number of parts it would be pretty cumbersome, to say the least.
Am I reading this right or is there a more elegant way to do this?
Thanks for your time folks,