I’ve been recently having issues with my Sketchup exporting a geometry to an STL. it seems that no matter how simple or complex my geometry, regardless of size and scale, the STL’s I generate from Sketchup export as super faceted, much lower resolution, and significantly smaller than their original model.
I’m checking these STL’s by taking my Sketchup generated model, exporting to STL, then importing that STL back into Sketchup. I’m supposed to be using these STL’s to 3D print, however they frankly look terrible and would not result in a quality print at all. I’ve 3D printed other (very complex) geometries from Sketchup before, using Sketchup generated STL’s I exported, and they looked much better. This is a recent issue and I have no clue why it started or what changed between the first time I used Sketchup for this purpose (1 month ago) and now.
I was originally having issues with this and a complex geometry I was exporting, and figured it was just Sketchup having trouble handling a complex geometry, however after investigating, it is happening with geometries of all levels of complexity . See below for an example. In the example, I took a part I want to 3D print, exported to STL, and then immediately imported the generated STL back into the model. It is an extremely simple geometry (washer), but its still the completely wrong scale and looks like ■■■■. Yes, I tried scaling the part and using more lines when i make my curve. No, it makes no difference. Same issue. Everything was still faceted, full of holes, and spit out an unusable STL file. Sketchup_STL_example.skp (105.1 KB)
Am I just completely missing something simple? Is there ANY way to export files out of Sketchup better? There has to be…