As of today, subscribers can use Solid Inspector in SketchUp for Web to review groups and components, examine errors in solid geometry, and automatically fix some problems. (We’ve also added a Solid Inspector section to our Help Center article on solid modeling.)
This Solid Inspector is a cousin of the desktop extension Solid Inspector2 from ThomThom (thanks also to Anders Lyhagen for his significant contribution). The feature was released in SketchUp for Schools last fall to aid students and educators as they prepare projects for 3D printing.
We think Solid Inspector will help improve the quality of STL exports for 3D printing, but it can also be useful for cleaning up model geometry in general. Inspecting and repairing models is not an exact science, but utilities like Solid Inspector or CleanUp can point towards errors/optimizations that can be hard for people to find on their own.
If you have subscribed to SketchUp, we’d love to hear what you think about Solid Inspector in SketchUp for Web. What kinds of modeling errors are you finding most difficult to understand or deal with? What kinds of models make it hard to see where your problematic geometry is located? We’re eager for your feedback!