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SketchUp Make is licensed for non-commercial work only. This includes the output from the software.

Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the executable version of the Software for non-commercial use only. Non-commercial use means: you may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services.

The above retrieved 2016-02-07. The full SketchUp Make license can be found on the SketchUp website.

In what ways does this restrict my use of SketchUp Make generated material with sites that allow the sharing of models (and deisgn files)? This would include sites such as Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory and 3D Warehouse.

As this question is related to 3D printing I originally posted on 3D Printing. It was suggested the I make a seperate post here for more specific legal advice and reference the first post to give the printer angle.


For example, must I always set a non-commercial license for my designs? Thingiverse allows several different license choices to be selected.

Can I permit the design to be printed by someone for money?
Thingiverse has links to 3D HUBS and Print a Thing which can be disabled per model.

Obviously the SketchUp Pro license makes many of the restrictions on what can be done with the output go away, which would be much simpler. However I do not expect to generate anywhere near the costs of purchasing a license ($695 US at the time of writing) by tweaking a few designs now and then.


I want to comply with the licenses but I need to understand the limits of what I am permitted to do with SketchUp Make in order to do that. It may be much more prudent for me to invest my time in learning other tools that have no restrictions on what can be done with the output.

As this is a legal question it might matter what jurisdiction I am in and what jurisdiction the sites I may share to are in. I am based in the UK. Thingiverse is based in the State of New York. MyMiniFactory uses the Laws of England as a base. 3D Warehouse selects the State of California.

  • When a legal document says "you may not", that is exactly what they mean. You may not. – Nij Feb 9 '17 at 3:17
  • @Nij I am familiar with the meaning of "you may not". It was the legal definition of the terms "sell, rent, lease or lend". Is giving a copy of the output (i.e. and STL file generated by a plugin) to a 3rd Party (Thingiverse) ever permitted? Would uploading it to 3d Warehouse (as the program encourages) even be allowed? – TafT Feb 9 '17 at 11:56

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