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

af;lkj A.'s picture

Followup:

The STL Export option under the File menu isn't working for me.

By accident I found the Export option under the Tools menu instead.

THAT one works for me.

I also installed CADSpan which mentions that it has an STL Export option.

Between the two, I'm exporting STL now just fine.

Maybe this will help some others having problems.

af;lkj A.'s picture

I can't export. Using Make - Sketchup 2015.

I can import.

There's an "Export STL" option.

When I click on it, I get an STL Options" window
with nothing in it.

William S's picture

I also found it wasn't working in Sketchup 2016 until I uninstalled Sketchup 2015, when it suddenly started working again.

It's not easy or straightforward, that's for sure!

Kyungchan M.'s picture

Horrible process for installation of extensions.

Download does not work fix for 2016:

From within Sketchup 2016, go to Window-- > Extension Warehouse. Login. Find extension. Enable extension.

Hope this helps.

Kyungchan M.'s picture

Cannot get "install" button to show up to install this extension. Only "download" button shows which later does not work when trying to install the extension in 2016. Also, why a login needed to install a free extension? Another nudge towards Autodesk products.

stephen a's picture

Are you in a browser or in SketchUp Window->Extension Warehouse? Login makes it easier to manage your extensions on multiple machines, and not your assumption.

AMAL A.'s picture

hi since i install the extension, my sketchup is loading for very long time !!!
can you explain that plz ?

Gérald N.'s picture

I can't event instal the extension, does it work only with sketchup pro ?

William S's picture

Works on Sketchup Make, though maybe only for STL export?

What do you get when you:

Start Sketchup
Click on Window
Select Extension Warehouse
In the Upper right, click Sign In if it doesn't have your name
Log in using your Google Credentials (first time only)
In the search box at the top, enter stl and hit enter
In the results, select Sketchup STL by Sketchup Team

There _SHOULD_ be a box labelled "INSTALL", if it says "DOWNLOAD" then you didn't sign in, and it's not going to install (downloading doesn't work).

Gérald N.'s picture

It works !! Thank you very much William

Eric B.'s picture

Downloaded the stl extension to export the Sketchup file to my 3D printer but the image loads extremely small in my 3D printer software after exporting. I created the file using a scale in inches. How can I get it to export correctly?

j C.'s picture

Hi Eric,

im having the same problem, were you able to resolve this?

Eric B.'s picture

No, no one has responded. I need to find out how to convert my drawing to mm before exporting. Not sure if there is a way to do that without redrawing.

Sam R's picture

Eric B.
No offense intended but perhaps the reason no one has replied is because the answer is so simple no one wants to offend.
Lets say you draw a line 10mm long. and save the file as 10mmlongline.skp then you re open the file only to have wished you drew a line
0.39370079 long. Sketchup does not care mm or inches. you need only to change your units in sketchup. this is pretty much the same in say AutoDesk's Autocad. UNITS UNITS UNITS... if you do a little research you would could see for your self.
Signed
"No one has responded" .

Ryan J.'s picture

Built a model in inches and tried to export it in inches. Got a tiny little thing that wouldn't even print it was so small. I had to convert my model to mm and then export to mm before I was able to print at the correct size.

William S's picture

So here's the thing about installing versus downloading:

If you see a Download button (because it opened in your web browser), it's not going to work.

If you see an Install button (because you are logged into the extension warehouse using your Google credentials), then click on that and it'll work.

If you see a download button, go back to Extension Warehouse and log in using your google credentials...

Kyungchan M.'s picture

Tried this. Does not work.
Thanks though.

Joan Marc B's picture

I'm having some trouble when importing STL files.

Sketchup is recognizing STL format but not loading any geometry. In fact, Sketchup gets bugged

Any solution? Someone is having the same problem?

Thanks SU!

丽婷 张.'s picture

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Kin Wai H.'s picture

thanks

Dany B.'s picture

merci beaucoup

prius R.'s picture

for all those people having problems installing this please note.
installing this from the website directly wont work.

you need to install it from inside sketchup.
theirs a link to install extensions at the top of the page.
choose this one and itll work.
good luck

Nic H.'s picture

Thanks! Super helpful.

Marcus S's picture

You sir, is a hero! Ty <3

mcnc6 j's picture

tk

i l's picture
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ur cool i am cool we are cool.

AJ B's picture

i need help i dont have sketchup pro plz plz help

Raya G's picture

Sorry if this is late and you don't need this anymore, but here's your answer. You don't need Sketchup Pro. You just need Sketchup Make, which is the free version. Once you have that, open it and I went to the Help tab and searched "extension" and clicked on the Extension Warehouse thing inside of Sketchup. Look for this file and click it. You'll have to sign in to your gmail and then install it. You can start importing .stl files after doing that. By the way, I have a Mac, so I'm not 100% sure if this is the same on other systems.

i l's picture
i l

ok

hi

Gabriel M.'s picture

To say I am dissatisfied would be an understatement. What I want to do is 3D print a life size, full scale version of Shrek. 10 of them in fact to line up in my hallway so I will always be surrounded by my true leader. I installed this program and attempted to print to my black and white computer printer but all that came printed was a picture of Shrek on a piece of paper. This software is useless and ineffective. 0/10.

Joe S's picture

i had the same problem

Kita S's picture

The same happened to me. I wanted to 3d print a pet dog for myself, but I didn't have a 3d printer, nor a 2d printer, so I used my 1d printer, but all that came out was a small paper string. I went ahead, and printed a 2d printer on my 1d printer, so i could print a 3d printer, but all that came out was a sheet of paper with a picture of a printer on it. -10/10. And then whawdmlbfgadfhsgbsfjhg *Computer crashes because word "printer" used too much.*

Joe S's picture

lol thats amazing

Brian M's picture

You must be trolling.

N P.'s picture

Surely that should be ogring ;)

Harlan M.'s picture

When I used this the first time I loaded it in the printer and it showed my 1" cube the size of a pencil tip. So i Imported it and Sure enough it saved none of the dimesions.

Scott W.'s picture

Thank you for making what should be in my opinion a standard feature.

ke j's picture

thanks

REHANA A's picture

You are the most welcome! :)

dean d's picture

trimble are requiring me to become a member before using this extension, i try to register my email address, a response comes up saying that an email has been sent, to complete regerstration follow link on the email to complete regerstration. no email is coming through, ive tried multiple times now over the last few days

So good

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Adriana D's picture

me too i don't find the option

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

Rohan M's picture

I installed it on my computer, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. I still cannot open STL files in any way.

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