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!

Reviews

Thibaut B.'s picture

Hi,

I have also a problem with this pluggin.

When I try to export in STL. Indeed the "STL Export options" screen is blank. I tried in Sketchup 8 and Sketchup 2015 and I have the same issue. I am on windows 7 64bits and I downloaded sketchup-stl-2.1.5.rbz.

Do you know where I did a mistake?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Santepheap T's picture

thanks,

Himanshu D's picture

HELP
HELP NEED HELP
Mac os 10.6.8
su8
earlier it worked fine.
now the EXPORT STL option has vanished from FILE menu bar,
though both FOLDER & RB file with sketchup-stl name exist under PLUGIN folder.
I even repaste them again.
Still EXPORT STL option not showing up like it did earlier under FILE menubar.
is this to do anything with 50+ plugins & extensions I installed later?

please sketchup team---HELP

Himanshu D's picture

hey SKETCHUP TEAM, thanks for such beautiful plugin.

But I have a suggestion if you mind.

I installed this extension:
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/launchup
namely LAUNCHUP from Aerilius.
When I installed this LAUNCHUP plugin, EXPORT STL option vanished
from FILE menu.
So now each time, when I need to use STL eporter plugin, I need to remove !ae_LaunchUp.rb file
from PLUGIN folder, and the option EXPORT STL again shows up in FILE menubar, and vice versa.

Hopes you research over it and finds the bug, if there any.
Iam sending same information to AERILIUS, to improve LAUNCHUP plugin,and hopes
both plugin works in coordinate.

anyways, thanks a tonne for such amazing plugin.

sunar j's picture

Tank's for STL

Micaela G.'s picture

I can not use it after finishing the installation process, does not recognize it, as if I lacked install something else, but not that

jin sun k's picture

thank you

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).

Lizzie B.'s picture

AMAZING! thanks!

Jesica H.'s picture

Thanks this worked GREAT!

Charissa Ong T's picture

upvote

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

Mark W's picture

Note: This was with windows installation and for scetchup 2014. With scetchup 2015 after signing into my google account, I click on the download button and everything worked perfectly.

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.

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