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Sketchup: Hide all elements above a certain height

You can use the section tool to define a section plane. Everything beyond the section cut will be visible and accessible.
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Painlessly export from Sketchup Pro 2013 to Cinema4D R15 Studio

First, COLLADA is a terrible format for 3D model interchange. Yes, I know this is what it was designed for, but I have almost never gotten two unrelated programs to agree on every detail about how to ...
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Sketchup component (window) not cutting through wall

When creating the component you must enable "Cut Opening". Otherwise your component does not knock out faces at the same place. Also try to add a transparent backing glass. Still no help? A ...
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Shape does not get face created

You have none planar closed curves. If you had one, then you also would have an already existing face that you could pull to create a volume. All 3D volumes in SketchUP are between planar faces. No ...
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How do I join these two faces together, making the lines between them disappear?

You can shift+erase the offending lines to hide them. What you really want, though, is to place the lamp post into its own group before creating the larger pentagon for the lamp. This will isolate ...
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zooming sends me 'inside' the model

My comment as an answer: Zoom tool Z - This can be used to zoom in and out by clicking and dragging with the mouse cursor up and down. This is very precise method of zooming. You can also you can ...
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Sketchup: Hide all elements above a certain height

Really, this is a planning task. If you want to perform tasks like this you should assign them to distinctive layer collections. Try creating a series of layers before you do any design work, giving ...
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Sketchup How To Create Two Rectangles and Stack Them on Each Other Without Being Sticky and Distorting and Locking Together?

I've had this issue in the past, and there's no really suitable method for getting around it. What I tend to do is group the bottom shape before drawing the surface rectangle on top. Base rectangle, ...
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How to flatten object in Sketchup?

This is actually really easy. Place your camera in a side view Draw a straight line from one end of your object to another Take the rotate tool and click on one end of your object Then click on the ...
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how to make a double helix in sketchup?

Double helix is two helixes with the same axis. Another is only rotated 180 degrees around the axis. Making a helix is little tricky task to perform with SketchUP because that program does not know ...
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Which software should be used for simulating light beam reflection from headlight reflector?

In seeking a software to model light in a reflector assembly, i stumbled upon this question and in the same search effort, I have learned about ReflectorCAD and a handful of other related softwares ...
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Object exported from Sketchup doesn't show properly

There are a few programs available which will pinpoint and sometimes repair damaged 3D model files. One program is Meshmixer which has an Analysis/Inspector feature. It accepts .OBJ files and will ...
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SketchUP: How to to resize only one dimension of the model and leave others as is

If I understood, you want only shorter pink part. Hide one of the grey-green-blue frames (make them a componet, too) to make the ends of all pink parts free. Then push the pink parts axially shorter. ...
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How to abstract a shape out of imported 2D file in SketchUp Make 2017

It's unfortunately very unclear in your question as initially written: the "2D" element you've imported - was this an image file, used as a texture, or a vector format such as DWG, DXF, EPS, used to ...
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How to display edges in a 3D file on Facebook

The glTF format technically allows lines, but (1) has no mechanism for setting their width, and (2) graphics engines often have to construct a traditional mesh to display wide lines anyway. It is very ...
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Object exported from Sketchup doesn't show properly

Also worth looking at OnShape for this kind of thing: free, very powerful, easy and with excellent import-export functions. Learning curve is also steep, but I found it a pretty easy jump, coming from ...
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Complex Wireframe to solid for use in Autodesk 2018

I'm a bit of a fan for using Meshmixer and the tasks ahead of you are not particularly demanding, based on a rather important aspect of the model head. It's not unusual for a sculpting program to ...
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What methods to use to create a city map with buildings footprints and import into Sketchup?

You didn't search hard enough. I found this in a few minutes. The link to the Romanian ANCPI portal is: http://geoportal.ancpi.ro/geoportal/viewer/index.html
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What methods to use to create a city map with buildings footprints and import into Sketchup?

Short answer: look for GIS databases for the given municipalities. I use QGIS (Quantum GIS) which is open-source and freeware, and widely used in academia and research and some planning & ...
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Export Sketchup file to SVG

You can export the SketchUp drawings, as 2D vector graphics, in EPS file format. EPS can include both vectors and bitmap images. EPS vectors however does not support gradients, so if you have a ...
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How to align two objects to the same grid (in sketchup free)?

I have simultaneously sought out help on a different forum, and received the following answer, which resolved the issue. The solution is to select the move tool ('m'), click a corner or an edge of ...
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Sketchup: Issues healing model

Old case, still unsolved. In SketchUP two parts, which have fitting dimensions, but which are extruded separately in different places, do not become one solid piece if they are placed face to face. ...
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voxel smoothing on sketchup

In non-sketchup tools, or in SketchUp with a plugin called SUbD, you can use subdivision surfaces to achieve what I think you're looking for. Subdivision surface modeling relies on all quad poly ...
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Disable see-through view mode in SketchUp

You're having trouble with an automated camera clipping plane, which isn't something you can manually control - use the zoom extents button, which looks like a magnifying glass with arrows pointing ...
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Disable see-through view mode in SketchUp

It's possible that your geometry is still ok and you only have activated a section plane. In View menu you can make the section plane visible for example to move it and in the same menu you can ...
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Sketchup component (window) not cutting through wall

I know this is old, but just in case someone else finds this helpful... I found that my window component was not cutting a hole in the first plane of a wall because I did not leave the original ...
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Sketchup push/pull images or models

To get a carved wooden book cover you have a few options. Carve a piece of wood by hand - which you want to avoid. Have a machine carve the wood for you. This can be achieved using CAM (computer ...
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Sketchup push/pull images or models

Real extruding If you need a real world engraving, for example to make a 3D print, you must have a clean trace. 3D models need to be extruded from clean shapes with nodes that are not that close from ...
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show multiple camera perspectives in Google Sketchup

In sketchup set the scene or angle you want to view it. Then Click view > animation > add scene As soon as u click a tab of scene 1 is shown. You can add as many scene needed If u have many scene for ...
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Painlessly export from Sketchup Pro 2013 to Cinema4D R15 Studio

For many decades people post such conversion questions on forums and the questions are answered with commonly incorrect information. As the father of the CAD + DCC conversion industry, there is only ...
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