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(Small) Tutorial On How To Create Ez-Bits

the simple guide on how to design ez-bits

note: no paid software is needed:D

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
here )

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)
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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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#1  
I may take a look at sketchup later tonight, thanks -josh
#2  
sketchup is like the paint of autocad programs: super simple, easy to understand, and with some practice you can make some pretty complex parts! I have access to solidworks both at home and work but mainly use sketchup to do all of my simple/quick features to be printed.

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
#4  
you will need to be logged in first (i did by loggin in with my google acc) and then it's located on the spot where the wide red sign-in button was first on the right.

edit: or if you want to have a direct download: sketchup-stl direct download in a zip
#5  
I had problems with sketch ups stl exports in ARC so I use auto desk 123d design. Also free. Just wanted to put that out there in case anyone else has issues with the sketch up stls.
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#6  
I also use 123d, I find it better than sketchup, then I refine it in inventor and autocad etc. 123d is just simpler to get the basics sorted, plus it uses the cloud and can run on a browser so it's pretty much always there wherever I am:)