How to Export Files from Sketchup to STL

sketchup export stl

Wondering how to take a Sketchup model and use it to print a 3D model? It’s simple! All you have to do is install a plugin and export your file from Sketchup to STL. This will allow you to turn your Sketchup model into a 3D printable file. You can use an existing model you have, or download one from the 3D Warehouse.

Exporting from Sketchup to STL:

Window > Extension Warehouse. Click on the “extension warehouse” button in the top menu bar. If you do not have that bar for any reason, simply navigate to “window” and click on “extension warehouse.” The extension warehouse window will pop up.

Search STL. Once the extension warehouse window opens you can search for the plugin. You may notice the “Sketchup STL” option in the right box labeled “Top Extensions.” You can select it from there, but if it is not listed you can just use the search bar. Type in “STL” in the search bar at the top left of the window.

from sketchup to stl search

Select Sketchup STL. After you enter your search, a bunch of different options will come up. Select the one that says “Sketchup STL” by Sketchup Team. We know this one is from a trustworthy source because it was made by Sketchup.

Sketchup to STL plugin

Install. To install the plugin, click on the red “install” button in the top right corner. A message will appear asking you if you want to install the plugin, select “yes.” After it is installed, another message will appear letting you know it has been successfully installed. Click “ok” to continue.

from Sketchup to STL install button

File > Export STL. Now that you have the plugin installed all you have to do is export your file from Sketchup to STL. To do this, go to “file” and click on “export STL.” A small window will open with some export options. You can choose to select “export only current selection.” This is a good option if you have multiple models in your Sketchup file. Select the units and file format that will work with your 3D printer. (If you are unsure of the settings, you may have to contact the manufacturer of your printer.)

Export from Sketchup to STL
from Sketchup to STL export options

Export. Once you have your export settings selected, hit “export.” You will then be able to choose where you want to save your file and then click “save” to finish.

You may have to export your model to another file depending on the type of 3D printer you have, but STL files are pretty universal so you should be able to use it for a variety of projects.

from Sketchup to STL 3D model

You can now easily export your models from Sketchup to STL files! Sketchup has plenty of other useful plugins you can use to make your projects easier. Looking for more plugins for printing? Check out how you can unfold faces of a model here. What files will you be 3D printing next? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hacking!


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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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