When intersecting faces in SketchUp it’s easy to get a little confused! But with a few handy tips intersecting geometry is easy – we show you how in our SketchUp courses.
Initially when intersecting two objects the edges appear to be created but notice that you can’t delete excess geometry. There is no intersecting line there, ie. geometry. One method of intersecting objects is to select both objects and go to the Edit menu (or right-click) > Intersect Faces with Selection (or Intersect Faces with Model if it’s a simple model).
We can then simply erase either of the original objects as the “cutting” object and we see the intersect lines. Then select a face and hit Delete on your keyboard to see the piece erased. Or delete both of the original shapes to see the intersecting segment.
Alternatively if you convert both of the original objects into SketchUp Components you can move them aside to reveal the intersecting shape, which you could then build up using the Line and Push/Pull commands – in this way it’s non-destructive editing.
Many useful tips and techniques can be found at the SketchUp website. And see many examples of our own clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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