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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keng 許's picture

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

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

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!

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

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 ?

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?

Luca C.'s picture

export is ok

I have problems with import .stl files.

message say "maybe not sketchup model"

help?

Anthony S.'s picture

Quick question maybe one of you can help me with. When I attempt to export my grouped mesh to stl there is no option to choose the file type. The drop down menu is blank. When I go ahead and save anyway the file type on my computer reads "YYoiutubeAdBlockee". Any advise on how to get the exporter up and running again and possibly removing this virus from my computer?

Charles's picture

I try to import this file http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:364507/#files , but it stuck at importing geometry with sketchup handing there.

Steve D.'s picture

Same thing on a different file...

Buz O's picture

Just not there. Surprised SketchUp is claiming useful for 3D printing with no default STL support. !?!? Oh well, back to MeshMixer.

J M.'s picture

Long time Sketchup user, but I will look for something else to do my 3d printing on.

jbacus's picture

You do not have to buy SketchUp Pro to use this STL import/export extension. It will work just fine in SketchUp Make, which you can use for free.

john
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Heath N.'s picture

JM
Im just getting started with 3D printing. Is there a big difference between the $585 Sketchup Pro and the free Sketchup? What software do you recommend?

J M.'s picture

If you are looking for really good and easy to use 3D printing utility (I type utility versus application because it is browser based and that is a plus in my opinion) then try tinkercad. www.tinkercad.com
Works great for my 3D printing applications.

Joel L's picture

Hi

One of my colleagues is keen to use STL exports from SketchUp in CFD analysis software (he's a water engineer).

To do this though requires each face (or selection of faces) to be exported as a discrete entity within the STL file, that can then be isolated, named etc. - this is supported by the STL file format.

Is there a way to batch export a bunch of groups in SketchUp as a single STL file, but have each group retain it's discrete identity in the exported file? Currently this can only be done by exporting each selection group as an individual STL file, the merging all of them into a new STL file using software like Gmesh.

Cheers!
Joel

Hailey J's picture

Hi

우식 오's picture

Hi
I just installed the Sketchup STL and ddoes not work..
When I start the Sketchup, errors loads and there is no Export STL menu under the File menu.
Does any one have save problem or just me..please help.

Alex E.'s picture

You have to drag the donwloaded file to the "...plugin..." folder inside Sketchup folder and then open Sketchup open preferences and go to extentions and load STL give ok and it will open

Norman F.'s picture

Did you install it correctly?

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 (can't remember it the computer needed to be rebooted). Close then reopen Sketchup (if reboot not required).

In the FILE menu there should be an EXPORT STL option.

It doesn't seem to export correctly if MODEL UNITS is selected so change to the units the item is drawn in.

Export in the units it was drawn in otherwise it re-scales ie. export 100mm x 100mm x 100mm box in mm, import in cm and box will re-scale to 1m x 1m x 1m (10 times the size).

NotAvailable N.'s picture

Thank you very much my friend!!!! Your explain about this "fckn" instalation was the best in this forum! So helpful!

Congratulations for your knowledge!

Best Regards!

Norman F.'s picture

Import wasn't working correctly for me with export & import set at MODEL UNITS.

I changed settings to match those I had drawn in (mm) and it worked perfect. Tried exporting set at CM & imported at the same setting & it loaded but at 1/10 scale (120mm came in at 12mm).
Tried again exporting the drawing (box size was 120mm x 120mm x 110mm) but changed it to export CM and when imported it was now 1.2mtrs x 1.2mtrs x 1.1mtrs with the man standing inside the box.

It seems that there is no selectable option to import MODEL UNITS and exporting at MODEL UNITS fails it's necessary to save & load at the correct settings.

I've not had the chance to test this on files produced by others so if you don't know what measurements it's been drawn at the start at the top & work down till it seems right. Not ideal but is working for me.

04/02/2015

Michael R's picture

thank you, very helpful!!

Mat C.'s picture

Thanks for the plugin.

motoaventura C.'s picture

WELCOME

Aziim A.'s picture

hye.. im just curious.. why certain file (CAD file) need to convert to .STL file? please someone help me

Charles S's picture

Aziim,
3D print services seem to like STL format for one thing.
Charles

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