SketchUp STL
Import and Export STL files for 3D printing
SketchUp STL

The STL file format is widely used across different 3D printing and modeling interfaces. For instance, many of the models you might find on Thingiverse.com are available in STL format, and several popular 3D printers accept STL files to prepare models for fabrication. This extension provides import/export functionality for STL files to and from SketchUp, so you can easily export SketchUp groups to STL, or import an STL design and manipulate it within SketchUp.

Once you install the extension, you’ll find two new options under the File menu:

Export STL: This function requires you to select one or more groups for export (so you’ll need to group your geometry before using this).

Import... (STL): With this plugin, you’ll find STL as a supported format within SketchUp’s Import command. STL files will be imported to SketchUp as a group.

For questions or help with this extension, head on over to the SketchUp help forum.

Note: This extension was originally developed as separate plugins by Jim Foltz, Nathan Bromham, and Konrad Shroeder. Now, it’s in continual development as an open-source project on GitHub that’s hosted by the SketchUp team. Stay tuned for updates!

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Sam R's picture

@Norman F,
This is a work around for those of us that your solution does not work. If you feel Im in error.
Pls feel free to email me directly for my home address. So that you may fly here and see for yourself.
-S :)

Sam R's picture

Sketchup and Plugins:
I see a lot of users issues due to a simple issues that some users have with various releases of Sketchup across different platforms. the fix is so easy its crazy.

Details : RBZ compression format.
The Issue. Users report that they cannot get a plugin to work.

Solution. Rename the extension RBZ to .zip or whatever your unzip un rar program supports.
an example. myplugin.rbz changed to myplugin.zip. easy eh? then proceed as usual.

depending on your version & platform. Its usually easiest to unzip the compressed files directly into your sketchup plugins folder. a quick search should reveal where this is located for your particular install.

***** ALL PLUGINS FILES & FOLDERS MUST BE COPIED/MOVED INTO YOUR PLUGINS FOLDER.

Notes.: for what ever reason sketchup does not directly install the ???.RBZ file like it should. so this requires user intervention. renaming of the file extention. manual decompression. then manual placement of the files.

DO ALL THE ABOVE WITh SKETCHUP CLOSED. once done. Then restart Sketchup.

If this does not work for you its a different issue.
Best luck all.
Sam

Norman F.'s picture

You don't need to rename the file. Follow the instructions below and it installs perfectly.

After fitting a new hard drive & reinstalling sketch up I had to install the STL extension, it took 30 seconds from opening sketch up.

Instructions.

I'm using the 2015 and I downloaded the .RBZ file, moved it in to the sketchup/sketchup2015 directory.

Started Sketchup and then clicked WINDOWS - PREFERENCES - EXTENTIONS - INSTALL EXTENTION button, navigated to the .RBZ file, clicked it & clicked OPEN. It installed ok. Close then reopen Sketchup if EXPORT STL not visible in the FILE menu (separate item and not in the EXPORT option that was previously there).

重明 松's picture

Why don't you use this addin?

Mark W's picture

Works perfectly with a little bit of work:
1) Click on the download and sign into your google account
This will download a file called sketchup-stl.rb
2) Change the extension to .zip
Sketchup-stl.zip
Click on the file and extract the file into C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2015\Tools\
3) Reopen SketchUp and the “Export stl…” will be under File tab

Norman F.'s picture

You don't need to rename the file. Follow the instructions below and it installs perfectly.

After fitting a new hard drive & reinstalling sketch up I had to install the STL extension, it took 30 seconds from opening sketch up.

Instructions.

I'm using the 2015 and I downloaded the .RBZ file, moved it in to the sketchup/sketchup2015 directory.

Started Sketchup and then clicked WINDOWS - PREFERENCES - EXTENTIONS - INSTALL EXTENTION button, navigated to the .RBZ file, clicked it & clicked OPEN. It installed ok. Close then reopen Sketchup if EXPORT STL not visible in the FILE menu (separate item and not in the EXPORT option that was previously there).

rich A.'s picture

For SketchUp 8 this did not work for me - however, doing the same but extracting to the 'Plugins' folder did.

Daniil P.'s picture

is this for mac?

Law M.'s picture

I believe I did this correctly; however it allows the export, but not the import of the stl files. Did I mess up or did I download the wrong extension?

Fabienne P.'s picture

thank you. This worked perfectly.

Алексей Ф.'s picture

don't work(
SU is shoting down or do nothing

Donn P.'s picture

Hangs on import.

(Windows 8,1; Cintiq Companion)

keng 許's picture

good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!good!

thomas S.'s picture

bad bad badbad bad

Jeff H's picture

Judging from the number of Sketchup 8 failures, I would rate this plugin as incompatible with version 8. I tried all the tricks and still could not import an STL - the reboot, the renaming of the rbz file to a zip file. The STL files just hung the programme.

Matthew D.'s picture

Easy install on OSX.

SketchUp
Preferences
Extensions->locate extension and install.

:)

Juan Pablo E.'s picture

once inside the sketchup, enter to window and there click warehouse extension, select option export to stl, download and install the file and will be automatically installed in the software...
Best

Carey O.'s picture

This worked great!

Jennifer W.'s picture

Thank you - very helpful!

Bran D.'s picture

thank you

Sam R's picture

Setup
OS (MAC)
Version: Sketchup 8 (not pro version)
Down load file. Sketchup-stl-2.1.4.rbz...
Copy file into plugins folder... (DOES NOT WORK...)
What did work for me.
Rename file from .rbz to .zip...
then unzip contents of file into the plugins folder. easy peasy. took me over an hour to try this route.
Hope it works for you.
May the farce be with you!

Norman F.'s picture

You don't need to rename the file. Follow the instructions below and it installs perfectly.

After fitting a new hard drive & reinstalling sketch up I had to install the STL extension, it took 30 seconds from opening sketch up.

Instructions.

I'm using the 2015 and I downloaded the .RBZ file, moved it in to the sketchup/sketchup2015 directory.

Started Sketchup and then clicked WINDOWS - PREFERENCES - EXTENTIONS - INSTALL EXTENTION button, navigated to the .RBZ file, clicked it & clicked OPEN. It installed ok. Close then reopen Sketchup if EXPORT STL not visible in the FILE menu (separate item and not in the EXPORT option that was previously there).

Bruce F.'s picture

This worked fine for me for the export, but shouldn't it have installed an import STL as well? I'm using SketchUp Make 15.3.331 64-bit under Windows 7.

Norman F.'s picture

The IMPORT option has a dropdown box with an STL option in there.

Bruce F.'s picture

Great! Thanks. All is well now.

Olivia L.'s picture

i don't even have an option to export it into STL FILE ?????? this is really annoying i downloaded it and it doesn't work im so pissed rn

Norman F.'s picture

I'm using the 2015 and I downloaded the .RBZ file, moved it in to the sketchup/sketchup2015 directory.

Start Sketchup and then click WINDOWS - PREFERENCES - EXTENTIONS - INSTALL EXTENTION button, navigated to the .RBZ file, click it & click OPEN. It installed ok. Close then reopen Sketchup if EXPORT STL not visible in the FILE menu (separate item and not in the EXPORT option that was previously there).

President S's picture

same here i dont want is happening

Sam R's picture

Could you be more specific?
OS? Version? and what you have tried?
-S

Jennifer L.'s picture

Hi, need help.

after I downloaded the Sketchup STL File, it appears as sketchup-stl-2.1.4.rbz.

can someone help ?

Tejas S.'s picture

Use 7-zip to open the zipped archive, and then extract it to the "C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2015\Tools" folder

Ni C.'s picture

Hi
I use Sketchup 8, there you have to open Sketchup, and then:
1. window
2. settings
3. extensions
4. Install extensions

There, you can install the .rbz file.

Hope, I could help :)

Logan B's picture

Go to File > Export STL... / NOT File > Export

Ben Q.'s picture

I’ve just installed this extension and for some reaosn when I click import, STL files are not listed as a supported file type and I can’t import my STL file.

Can anyone help? I’m using sketchup make 15.3.329 and and OSX 10.9

Thank you!

Christian S.'s picture

i have the exate same problem , just on windows 7 :( .....

Please anyone!!

John M.'s picture

For me at least, the .stl files were still greyed out, but I *could* select them and then click import. I'm stuck there at the moment, though, as sketchup stops responding...

Taner Açıkalın's picture

A useful plugin! Thank you!

Clown W.'s picture

Where is the damn download???
I click on the download thing and it does nothing.

The only thing that this page does is try to install the warehouse

Debra A.'s picture

You click on download at the top right corner. Then it will go to a link that looks like a SketchUp website install but it isn't. Just hit ok.

Clown W.'s picture

yeah I had to log out and log back in for any of that to work. I was doing the right thing it was simply not prompting a download. it was hanging up somehow.

it all works good now thanks

Dewayne L's picture

i want to know how to download the extensions???

Nolan J.'s picture

I downloaded the extension but the Export STL bar doesn't show up. Please help!

Joseph B.'s picture

Same problem I get a ".RBZ" file. Not sure what to do with it.

Josh V's picture

Does anyone know how to keep size when exporting? For example I created a 1" x 1" x 1" cube then use this extension to export to stl file. Then, when I open that stl file to print on my 3d Printer it is almost invisible it's so small, and I have to scale up by 1,000's of % to get it back to 1" x 1" x 1" dimensions. Any ideas would be very appreciated as I'm a little lost on this one.

Norman F.'s picture

When you export it, set the scale at the size you drew the object at. I found that it didn't export correctly if you left it at the default of DRAWING UNITS.

Martin M's picture

Hi. I tried that but my 6cm model comes out at 6 mm. Any further ideas? Thanks

wdmay3's picture

Got STL to load. My next step is to send out the object for printing. Hopefully this works. If it does, I'm off and running!

drake T.'s picture

Everything goes smoothly until I actually click "open" to import the stl file, after which sketchup begins "not responding." Grrrrr.

jbacus's picture

Some STL files are quite large, and it may take some time for this importer to work through them. Have you had the same problem with other STL files you have tried?

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