Google sketchup 8 file input error

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by avien, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. avien
    avien New Member
    I've been using Google Sketchup v7.1 for a while and uploaded a number of
    models created using it without any trouble at all. I've recently upgraded
    to version 8.0 and my latest project was done using this version and I
    tried to upload it to shapeways last week only for the file to be rejected
    due to "invalid input file format". I exported the file to a .dae - as I
    did with all previous models but this file was not accepted. I emailed
    Customer support but they advised that they didn't have an explanation for
    it and suggested the forums might have an answer.

    The only thing I can think of (but it doesn't make sense to me!) is that
    v8.0 creates a different type of .dae file than v7.1 does. I find this
    highly unlikely so I'm asking for a bit of help, has anyone encountered
    this error and what are the usual causes, and is it actually due to the
    version at all?

    Any help is greatly appreciated
  2. denali3ddesign
    denali3ddesign New Member
    Hi avien, welcome to Shapeways :)

    I use Sketchup, but never .dae for 3D printing - I prefer STL and use this plugin. Hope that helps!

  3. avien
    avien New Member
    Thanks for the tip. I'll try that when I get home and see if it works.
  4. I'd like to upgrade to Sketchup 8 but only if it's output is usable by Shapeways. Did the suggestion (of using the plugin SKP->STL) work for you? In general, are you able to build models in Sketchup 8 that Shapeways can print? Thanks...Jeff
  5. Kasss_Gnarl
    Kasss_Gnarl New Member
    Hi Jeff,

    I use Sketchup 8 for my designs and have printed several pieces through Shapeways. I use the plugin listed above to convert to .stl and have had no issues with uploading.