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Method 1: Using CAD in SketchUp Without Cleanup
Making Faces without Cleanup

2.2 Making Faces without Cleanup

0:00 Before we make the effort of running our cleanup and optimization extensions...

0:06 let’s briefly see what happens if we try to make faces out of our CAD linework as it stands right now after importing.

0:12 This will give us a good gauge to help determine how much work might be needed to for us to do before getting too far into things.

0:21 Using the same imported floorplan from the previous lesson, I’m going to first explode it...

0:31 …select everything and then run Eneroth’s ‘Face Creator’ extension to see how many faces automatically fill in for us.

0:40 Given the fact we can’t extrude our walls or anything else without first having surfaces to extrude.

0:48 We can see that ithe extension did an ok job but there are a bunch of gaps and stray lines that I bet are preventing us from filling in more faces.

1:00 With this result, we’d still be left with having to go in and manually ‘heal’ boundaries by tracing lines over existing edges one by one.

1:08 Depending on your particular CAD file, this could be very time consuming and definitely something we want to try and avoid.

1:16 Depending on your particular CAD file, this could be very time consuming and definitely something we want to try and avoid.

1:16 So keep this result in mind as we move to the next lesson to see how much smoother the creating faces process might bbe after running a few simple extensions.