I need help filling out walls!

Hello everyone!
I´m new to SketchUp.

In school we have a year-long class called “Young Entrepreneurship”. It´s an international program that lets students like myself start up small businesses for learning purposes, experience or to start a career. It´s called different names in every country but they are all built around the same concept since there´s a major organisation that runs it.

Anyways our idea was to create something new, but to go forward with that innovation we have to 3D-print some parts for a prototype. This is where SketchUp comes in.

I did a model but the problem is that I don´t think it will work out once it has been printed since the walls are so thin. I can´t figure out how to fix this problem so I decided to turn to you on this forum.

The two models looks like the way I want them, with the right dimensions, but I need help making the walls thicker on one of them. Please help.

Also I´m a total noob so be nice. :wink:

Ihopsättningsdel Prototyp (Färdig Version).skp (59.5 KB)

It is not entirely clear as to what walls you refer, I am guessing that you meant providing a thickness to the element that I modified by performing an offset and editing the resulting geometry.

Is this helpful?

Ihopsättningsdel Prototyp (Färdig Version).skp (79.8 KB)

Opened it with SketchUp viewer.

Yes! This is basically what I was looking for, the only problem is I kinda need that element to be “thickened” outwards, instead of inwards, because the solid part that you can see beside needs to be able to be pushed in to the hollow one you changed. Kinda hard to describe in text.

But do you think you could do the exakt same thing but outwards instead of inwards? And export it with the 2017 version of SketchUp? Thank you!

Don’t you think it might be more productive in the long run to learn to do this yourself, rather than have others complete your schoolwork for you?



Yes, yes I do. And honestly I would absolutely love to learn. The problem is that I feel kinda hopeless and I´m on a tight schedule so I feel like I can´t do it by myself this time. Hope you understand. :slight_smile:

I do understand, so let’s get to it.
Can you draw the part in section?
Something that looks roughly like this.

Ok, next is the follow me tool.

Okay done, should I delete the circle I used? (on the right in your GIF)

Sure, and select the part and make it a group or component.
It should show a solid and have a volume in the entity info window.

Yep :slight_smile:

I think I might have figured it out, not 100% sure but it looks right atleast. :wink:
Do you think these two models look ready for printing?
The first one is the one I needed help with.

Ihålig Del (Färdig).skp (1.2 MB)

Solid Del.skp (1.2 MB)

I had to leave the computer for a bit, I’ll take a look when I return.
Or someone else can take a peek. Nudge nudge.

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“Solid Del.skp” Looks fine, it’s a solid with no obvious problems.

“IhÃ¥lig Del (Färdig).skp” has a problem. It is not solid. I’m not sure what shape its supposed to be. If it’s hollow like a cup, there’s a cylinder missing from the inside surface.

The face I have selected is both an inside and outside surface. The walls have no thickness at that point. There are also reversed faces on the inside. Use View>Face Style>Monochrome to see them easier.

You should get the extension Solid Inspector2 if you don’t already have it. It’s really useful for finding problems like this in objects that are supposed to be solid.

Okay thank you. :slight_smile:
Is there a way I can fix this or do I need to redo the model in its entirety…?

You could fix it by drawing lines to form the missing faces. I’ve just noticed another part of the wall that has no thickness at the closed end too.

It is often easier to to redraw it though. If you made this with the follow-me tool, it will be easier to modify your profile and use follow-me again. Have a look at this tutorial:

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