I've been struggling with SketchUp for 3D printer modeling and now they've removed STL export for the free version. I came across a cool model built in Fusion 360, found that the creator has a really good Fusion 360 course, and then got a Facebook ad for the same course with a heavy discount
Also, the software is free for hobbiests and enthusients!
Here's the complete URL (I didn't trim it in case that messed with the discount): https://www.udemy.com/designing-for-3d-printing-with-fusion-360/?pmtag=CRISTOBAL1492&utm_content=_._pd_958668_._&utm_source=facebook-retarget&utm_medium=udemyads&utm_campaign=LC-FB-DRT-DPA-CLP-Visit-EN-ALL_._ci_._sl_ALL_._vi_._sd_._la_EN_.&utm_term=_._ag_CLP-Visit-7-day-39-less-_._ci_._._gi_all_._ai_18--65_._an_bQ32Z6_._lo_%5BAustralia,%20Canada,%20United%20States,%20United%20Kingdom%5D_._&k_clickid=fa299440-4166-4698-9e35-22addb14fb58_107467855
I have been using Sketch-up free version for hobby since early 2000, when it was a Google app. I started to use Fusion 360, free version, couple months ago. F-360 is a different concept and has a steeper learning curve and to me it feels very complex and powerful. I followed some video courses and can now design simple items. The 2 free beginner courses I follow on and off are:https://www.udemy.com/product-design-fusion-360/learn/v4/overviewhttps://www.udemy.com/design-for-innovation-using-fusion-360-water/learn/v4/overviewI still use Sketch-up but I am trying to switch to F-360 mainly because of its parametric design and organic shape capabilities.
I don't know if it will work in the free version, but there is an extension to Sketchup to import and export STL files.
The latest free version does have stl import/export capability, I am not sure if it an extension.
Yes. I use the extension just fine.