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STEP Import for SketchUp - STEP file import plug-in for SketchUp

STEP Import for SketchUp is a plug-in for Google SketchUp®. This plug-in gives SketchUp the ability to import solid objects from STEP files.

STEP files contain graphical data in the form widely accepted by most CAD/CAM systems. STEP Import for SketchUp converts this geometric data into corresponding SketchUp entities and adds them to the contents of the currently opened SketchUp drawing. Solids and surfaces in an STEP file are tessellated and imported into SketchUp as mesh objects.

STEP Import for SketchUp is very easy to use. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into SketchUp and adds a new submenu called "STEP Import for SketchUp" to the SketchUp Plugins menu containing these newly added commands.

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System Requirements

Hardware, software and operating system requirements for Google SketchUp plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform. 

  • RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)

  • SketchUp (32 Bit only): 6, 7 and 8

  • Operating System (32 Bit only): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista

Download & Purchase

Please download a fully functional trial of STEP Import for SketchUp by clicking on the "Download Now" button below. To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you on the purchase of '7 day license' so that you may try the software before you purchase a permanent key. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. We are confident that during the trial period (7 days with unlimited runs) you will find STEP Import for SketchUp extremely useful. Later when you decide to buy the software please return to this page and click the "Buy with/without Subscription" button to place your order. Upon verifying the order you will recieve an e-mail with instructions on how to obtain your permanent key. We will create and send you your Key by e-mail within one business day. To avoid disruption in your workflow we urge you to place your order before the trial period ends.

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IMPORTANT! Purchasing a Subscription is highly recommended since it the most cost effective way of keeping your software up to date. Moreover, Subscription entitles you to get a second free perpetual license for your laptop, among many other benefits. For details please read the SYCODE License and Subscription Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.

Note: Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement. The price mentioned above is for a single user license. For your bulk-licensing needs please contact us.

Installation & Usage

Since STEP Import for SketchUp is a plug-in for SketchUp, it must be loaded into the SketchUp environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the STEP Import for SketchUp ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the plug-in file into SketchUp, simply click on the menu items in the "STEP Import for SketchUp" submenu to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!

The 'STEP Import for SketchUp' menu consists of the following commands:

  • Import - Imports a STEP file

  • Help - Displays the STEP Import for SketchUp help file

  • Register - Registers your copy of STEP Import for SketchUp

  • About - Displays the STEP Import for SketchUp About box

The STEP Import for SketchUp submenu

STEP Import for SketchUp comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also a PDF version of the help file which you can download by clicking the link below.

Download Product Documentation (PDF)

The STEP File Format

ISO 10303 is an ISO standard for the computer-interpretable representation and exchange of industrial product data. Its official title is Industrial automation systems and integration - Product data representation and exchange, and it is also known as STEP or the Standard for the Exchange of Product model data. The standard's objective is to provide a mechanism that is capable of describing product data throughout the life cycle of a product, independent from any particular system. The nature of this description makes it suitable not only for neutral file exchange, but also as a basis for implementing and sharing product databases and archiving.


If you want STEP Import for SketchUp to work in a different way to suit your workflow, do let us know. We will customize the plug-in to suit your specific needs.

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