STL export in my.SketchUp

I’ve just been added to my.SketchUp invitation waitlist and I’d like to know if it will be able to export to stl format for 3D printing. Thanks.

So far you can download only skp-file from my.sketchup.com (don’t know how it is going to be in future).

But as a workaround for now, you can upload your skp-file to 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com, where it is converted to couple of different formats (older skp:s, stl, collada), and then you can download stl-file from there.

Hope this helps.

Currently, my.SketchUp supports only the .skp file format natively. During our beta period, you should expect to see new features released gradually over time.

john
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I think it should be limited to skp file import/export, to keep it distinct from the Desktop versions…

I also hope Parallel Projection is left out permanently…

john

Interesting. Can you talk more about why you think we should not include these features in the future?

ok…

it’s online, so you want to keep it as streamlined as possible, and import export has always been a big resource hog with extremely mixed results…

a separate conversion service could be hosted online and cover a larger array of formats than would be sensible to add…

Parallel Projection isn’t suitable for 3d content and it should be retired…

accommodating it for the few remaining 2d zealots seems pointless…

Even in SU it should be restricted to the standard views and turn off when you orbit away from them…

maybe it’s just me…

john

CAD should not to implement all file formats but it must to implement CALLADA (DAE) file format which it is specifically created as common intermediate file standard (ISO/PAS 17506:2012).
You may see a list of software which is currently compatible with COLLADA (DAE) file format here: https://goo.gl/7dJxZA

If you must have COLLADA (not CALLADA) and stl, you can save your file locally and upload to 3dwarehouse, which produces both of those for you.

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As a 3D printing user, I heavily use STL format, both importing and exporting. I wish Sketchups format were STL, but I know that’s not going to happen due to STL limitations. The user who said there should be a free file conversion website, had a great point. SketchupOnline or “My.Sketchup” needs STL and various other formats, or I can’t use it at all. I really want to use it. SketchupOnline as I call it, doesn’t need any sort of import/export right in the menu, it can have a menu button called ImportExportConvert leading you to a not-specifically-sketchup website made by the Sketchup people. That way all their software can use the same site. The future is here, let’s do this thang!
As for SketchupOnline features, I’d love to have a free tool to assign an object as a eraser. So anywhere I place the object, the space it took up will be erased, with a easy toggle to respect/disrespect layers and groups. So I assign a cube to be a deletion tool, and I click “Ignore Groups” and “Ignore Layers”, so the tool deletes anything where that cube is placed. I’d of course have to click some kind of “Eat” button to tell the tool when to erase. And be able to assign anything as the deletion tool… Maybe call it the Eat tool. It eats a chunk out of wherever it exists.

John,

RE: Parallel Projection

personally, I find parallel projection immensely useful in my 3D work for critical alignments, reconstructing objects from plans etc and would hate to see it retired from Sketchup!

Regards,

Ian

I’m with you. I like parallel projection, too. No plans at this time to retire it from SketchUp.

I use PP myself all the time and agree it has many uses, if you are deliberately using it…

but, I cringe every time I see a 3d view of a finished or [worse] rendered model that has PP turned on…

I certainly would want it kept in the Pro Desktop version, but my.sketchup with it’s new user goals, could restrict it to Standard Views…

john