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

Excellent. Works perfect in my machine.

using 2017 trial. can't get this to work. Installed via extension warehouse within app, and also manually via browser download. what gives?

I get a text box to tell me it was correctly installed and available for use. I restarted the program just in case. also verified extension manager set to unrestricted and the extension is enabled.

b

Please post to forums.sketchup.com for support.  For example, https://forums.sketchup.com/search?q=STL.  Comments aren't really meant to be a support funciton.

Jim's picture
Jim

Maybe every Extension needs a HELP button/link that goes to a thread on the forum?

b

<3

Jim's picture
Jim

Hi Chris - what isn't working?

Do you see a menu under the File menu named "Export STL.."? If so, the extension is installed correctly.

The import is available under the File > Import menu. Once the dialog opens, select the file type to the right of the Filename textbox. It is a drop-down list of available import types. There should be an "STero Lithography (.stl)" option there.

The SketchUp forums are a good place to ask further questions:

https://forums.sketchup.com/

Zack J.'s picture

Thanks.

Justin L's picture

Whats with this not working? under the extensions manager window is says ''unsigned''? PLZ help and thank you

Jim's picture
Jim

Because this extension is not signed, Sketchup will prevent it loading if you have the extension loading policy set to anything but "unrestricted". The extension itself is not broken. If you need to use this, you will have to set the extension policy to unrestricted in the Extension Manager.

Robert Y.'s picture

me too, whats happening with it

Jim's picture
Jim

I filed an issue at the GitHib site about getting this signed.

https://github.com/SketchUp/sketchup-stl/issues/161

I'm having the same issue. Does anyone have a solution?

this is cool!

how do i get this to work with ketchup make?

si fragen welche Sprache und dann ist alles Englisch,

Colby P's picture

Can anyone from Trimble explain to me why exporting an STL is still something one needs to add as an extension? When you make the extension yourself, and you created the program, how is it possible that you can't build the function into the program itself?

Jim's picture
Jim

Hi Colby,

Tommy explains it pretty well in this post[1]

[1] http://forums.sketchup.com/t/vision-and-feature-requests/20675

Тhank you

Амаzing extention! )))
Тhank you~

Is this possible only in sketchup pro?

No I got it to work in the regular one. I rebooted the program and loaded my part in.

Same question here ? It seems to work only with Sketchup Pro... :(

nah, It works with other sketup models

The import function works fine for me, except only one STL file can be imported at a time. So it's not of much practical use since I need to import hundreds of individual STL parts to form an assembly. If I could select multiple files in a folder for import, that would be great.

Gavin P's picture

Don't suppose you've found a way of doing this? I have the same requirement.

I did. Windows 10 has a built in program named 3D Builder. You can open all the STL files in that, then export as a single STL for import to Sketchup.

One catch is 3D Builder crashes if you try to import too many files all at once (> 100 or so). So if you have a lot of parts, you may need to import in batches. Still way better than 1 at a time.

Gavin P's picture

Thanks Ben

I'm getting the colorful ball, when importing a100mb STL file.
Tried different ones but still want load.
Says "not responding" and had to Force quit

Can anyone suggest a solution?

I am having the same problem. Is there any solution that works? My file size is 7 MB

b

How long have you waited?

15 Min and after a while checked the "Force quit" and it said Sketchup not responding

b

For support, please post here, or read one of these threads:  http://forums.sketchup.com/search?q=stl%20import  This area is for comments, not support.

Siggi B.'s picture

It seems to be exporting in the wrong units, mm instead of inches. 2" becomes 2mm, not sure what I'm doing wrong.

I got it to download without a problem, but when I go to upload stuff, I get a notice in the bottom left hand corner that the STL upload is complete, but nothing ever pops up?

Jesse P.'s picture

Tried to import this http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:329596 but it just hangs on Mac. Simpler things seem to import OK. Is this thing too big for this import tool or for Sketchup itself, any idea?

a

You are really creepy with the "Google authentication" thingie to access the file.

b

OK, as of today, you can do it with a Trimble ID as well.  Check out the new login.

good

Ditmar T.'s picture

Nothing works ...

Excellent, now it work perfectly. Thanks for fixing this.

b

OK, please retry, things should be working.  In the future, please report these to http://forums.sketchup.com/c/extension-warehouse for faster responses, as this space is really for reviews of the extension.

Just thought to post that it does install. I was having the same issues as others, but finally realized that I may have to run it in admin mode.

Main issue... You have to run SketchUp as Administrator. Once you run it as administrator it allows the program to install stuff.

I tried to do exactly that, but the forum signup was also broken at the time.

NOTHING WORKS!!!! AJAX.... DENIED ACCESS

b

We're aware and testing a solution to this intermittent problem.  In the mean time, you can either upload your model to 3DWarehouse and make it 3D printable (produces an STL file), or if you're a bit more technically saavy, you can go to github.com and grab it: https://github.com/SketchUp/sketchup-stl/tree/master/src

I'd give it a review if I could download it. If the company isn't going to bother to keep its systems working, what's the point? I'm going to look elsewhere for some alternative software.

NOTHING WORKS!!!! AJAX.... DENIED ACCESS TO LINKS IN THIS POST....SOOOOOOO FRUSTRATING

I keep trying to download the skp to stl on sketchup extentions but it never works. please help. all the other solutions have failed.

I'm getting the same HTTP 500 error everyone else is.

C'mon folks, this really needs to be fixed, there is no other way to get the .rbz file.

b

See post above.  We're working on it.

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