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STL Export for SketchUp - Stereolithography STL file export plug-in for SketchUp

STL Export for SketchUp is a Stereolithography STL file export plug-in for Google SketchUp®. This plug-in gives SketchUp the ability to export objects in SketchUp to ASCII and Binary STL files.

STL Export for SketchUp tessellates objects in a SketchUp document into a set of triangular meshes. These meshes are then exported to a STL file as mesh objects. The STL file can then be imported into a variety of CAD applications.

STL Export for SketchUp is very easy to use. It adds new commands to SketchUp. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into SketchUp and adds a new submenu called "STL Export for SketchUp" to the SketchUp Plugins menu containing the 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 STL Export 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 STL Export 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 STL Export 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 STL Export 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 "STL Export for SketchUp" submenu to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!

The 'STL Export for SketchUp' menu consists of the following commands:

  • Export - Exports meshes to a STL file

  • Help - Displays the STL Export for SketchUp help file

  • Register - Registers your copy of STL Export for SketchUp

  • About - Displays the STL Export for SketchUp About box


The STL Export for SketchUp submenu

STL Export 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 STL File Format

The STL file format is the Rapid Prototyping industry's standard data transmission format and is the format required to interact with stereolithography machines. Stereolithography files contain solids which are made up of 3 sided facets. STL files may be ASCII or binary data, although binary is far more common due to the resulting size of the CAD data when saved to the ASCII format. A STL file describes a raw unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. Many CAD systems are able to output the STL file format among their other formats, but very few have the ability to import STL files.


If you want STL Export 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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