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Very Basic - Possible to do a 'solid fill' section-cut through SketchUp import.

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As you can see in the attached image below, VW does not want to 'solid fill' section cut my door. Does anybody know how to rectify this?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

Regards,

 

Dollo

 

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That is not so easy as Sketchup geometry are normally Meshes (in the best case)

and Meshes aren't that well supported in VW (opposed to Solids or their own 3D types)

 

So theoretically yes,

as 3D Mesh Modelers show for their Clip Features.

Practically maybe not so soon :)

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Zoomer is correct, but here is a slightly different description.

 

VW is a solid modeler. That means that when you draw a rectangle and extrude it, there is stuff in the middle so when you cut a section it shows as solid.

 

Sketchup is a surface modeler. That means that when you draw an object, there are only surfaces with nothing inside. So when you cut a section you only get the outside edges, not the middle.

 

You might try and convert your imported Sketchup objects to Generic Solids and see if that gets you the middle. I think it probably has to do with exactly how they are drawn in sketchup, but it is worth a try on a test file to see if it helps.

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The only way in VW  to convert a Mesh into a Generic Solid, as far as I know,

is to try to pull out and back in a Face by Push Pull Tool.

If it was a clean* watertight Mesh it will likely be converted into a Solid.

(* No holes, gaps or overlapping geometry)

 

If Push Pull Tool fails you can try to go into Mesh Edit Mode and manually repair the

grouped 3D Polygons, or better redraw it.

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Thanks for the replies Pat and Zoomer.

 

Albeit not the result I was hoping for, good to know!  

 

If I figure out a way to do this I will post my process here.

 

Thanks

 

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On 24.11.2017 at 10:40 PM, zoomer said:

The only way in VW  to convert a Mesh into a Generic Solid, as far as I know,

 

Hoo,

a new VW 2018 feature,

just tried it for fun but "Convert to Generic Solid" converts Meshes.

(At least some clean types of it)

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One other thing you can try (but it's very dependent on how the original Sketchup model was made and how complex it is):

  1. Select your imported Sketchup mesh.
  2. Modify > Convert >  Convert to NURBs.
  3. Ungroup the resulting group of NURBS surfaces.
  4. Model > 3D Power Pack > Stitch and Trim Surfaces.

If all goes well, you should end up with a Generic Solid object that will appear in section correctly.

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