Can't open imported STL file

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#1

Hi there, I am trying to import an stl into Sketchup in order to scale it down and send it for 3D printing. I installed the extension -STL Import & Export- as well as -SimLab STL Importer- successfully. However when it comes down to import it, the file just does not open in Sketchup.

The stl file is 21.8 MB

Any ideas on how to solve this ?

Thanks!
Pablo


#2

What does it do? Does it give you an error message? How long are you waiting. There’ll be a lot of edges to display with a 21.8 Meg STL file. Maybe you need to give it some time.


#3

You profile says you have v2018…
With this version STL import and export are built-in to SketchUp’s File menu as options in the file-browser dialogs.
You would not normally expect to have to use third-party extensions with STIL import/export in v2018…


#4

it just stays as the initial Sketchup window, only the ‘person model’ which appears always at the beginning of sketchup is gone…


#5

sure, but how does that matter ?


#6

What happens if you hit ‘Zoom Extends’?
[*] + [Z]


#7

It matters in so far as you are making life more complicated for yourself than it needs to be.
Have you tried the native STL importer ?
Why did you get a third-party tool ?

As Mike said, it may be that it imported the STL - perhaps at an enormous size - perhaps you mis-set the units ?
And the model zoom is now so great it is broken, so that nothing is visible…
Try using Edit > Select All and see what’s reported in Entity Info.
If more that the original template’s ‘human-figure’ is listed then reconsider redoing it in a new empty model, this time checking that the units are correct - e.g. if it’s in mm and you chose m it’s then x1000 bigger that it should be - and therefore perhaps many km across - which will break SketchUp’s zoom etc.


#8

OR… It could be extremely small… Is it sitting down at the origin, below Stacy?


#9

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