the simple guide on how to design ez-bits
note: no paid software is needed
note: in order to upload the ez-bits under your name you will need to be logged in in the software and need to have a internet connection!
step one: download & install sketchup 8 or later http://www.sketchup.com/
step two: download and install the stl plugin: http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl (or download
step three: start modelling to your ideas in sketchup, but keep in mind the dimensions of the ez-b connectors (pic below is from a female connector, measurements in MM)
step four: once completed, go to file > export stl in sketchup
step 5: give it a name (for example "ez-bit connector female.stl")
(you will need to add the ".stl" also, as the plugin doesn't do that sadly)
step 6: start ARC and open up the bit-builder.
step 7: follow the instructions, like adding details, snapshot and of course adding all the stl files needed for ONE component
step 8: create it
step 9: click on library in the top menu and click upload, then click "refresh library"
step 10: select the ez-bits you want to upload, read the TOS, and accept it, and lastly, click upload now.
and you're done!
note: i'm open to improvements on this tutorial
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I have an older version of sketchup becuase you can find them free online. You still have to add the .stl plugin with any version. its definitely worth looking into josh
edit: or if you want to have a direct download: sketchup-stl direct download in a zip