The way I do it now is to use the Shift, CTL and ALT and work around the model selecting what I want… And when you get straight runs you can drag… But there has to be a way to just select this entire line?
Are there any tools, or even tips that might help me?
If I needed to do that the first thing I would do is soften all those vertical edges between the vertical surfaces. Then I would use TIG-Weld to weld the perimeter edges. You can get TIG-Weld from Sketchucation.
You could have avoided needing to soften the vertical edges if you’d welded the perimetry edges while the shape was 2D. You could also triple click with Select on the 3D geometry to select all of it. Then right click on it and choose Soften/Smooth from the context menu.
Yes. You just need to select again to select the unwelded edges and run Weld again.
I would have suggested Eneroth Auto Weld which would weld all weldable edges in a selection but it’s a paid plugin and I figured you wouldn’t buy it.
Howe do you unweld? I only have an option for TIG Weld, and it doesn’t have any “sub options”… Is Unweld a native Sketchup tool?
To be honest, I am certainly making this more complex than needed… This was just a crude mockup to highlight my question and I don’t think the model is even very good… So I am probably better off leaving this and having a play myself.
Sorry… Mis-read… But there was something about the model which won’t allow one of the edges to Weld, so that didnt help… I have deleted everything and still cant’ get it to weld so I broke it whilst creating the example.
I saw your comment about my basic understanding being at fault and I 100% agree… I don’t know much about Sketchup and as a casual user who just makes a few simple 3D printed objects, i know I have much to learn. I know what I need to know and I am sure there are better ways to achieve the same thing, which is why I am asking…