How to Create Faces Automatically | Sketchup Create Faces Q & A

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In this Sketchup create faces Q&A, we’ll go over a simple way to automatically create faces in Sketchup. This can be a helpful trick to use if you have a wireframe model and just need to close things up. No one wants to spend all day drawing lines to close off a shape!

We saw a sculptor who loves using Sketchup, but closing off every set of lines proves to be a very tedious task:

“I love Sketchup. I import my triangular autocad files and then manually give faces to all the triangles by drawing a line across the faceless triangle. Sometimes my sculptures have 10,000+ triangles I need to give faces to. This is a tedious task; a true test of my sanity. Is there an automated plugin for turning three connecting lines without a face into one with a face?”

You’ll be glad to hear, the answer is “yes!” In this brief tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to use a plugin called Eneroth Face Creator to automatically create faces. You can find the Eneroth Face Creator plugin here. If you need help installing it, check out our plugin tutorial to learn how to easily install Sketchup plugins!

Sketchup Create Faces Plugin

Import. First, import your 2D AutoCAD model, or draw a few shapes in Sketchup. If this is your first time testing out the plugin, make sure you delete the faces of the shapes in Sketchup so that you can see how the plugin works. In this example, we drew each triangle at a different angle and in separate planes. This way we can demonstrate that the plugin will generate faces for a shape no matter what plane it is in.

Sketchup create faces for triangles

Select. Once you have your shapes drawn or your model imported, use the selector tool to select all of the shapes.

Extensions > Eneroth Face Creator. Navigate to the “extensions” tab in the menu bar and select “Eneroth Face Creator” from the dropdown menu. You can see that Sketchup automatically creates faces for each of the shapes. No line drawing required!

Sketchup create faces extension
Sketchup create faces plugin

Of course, there may be times when you will be importing a much more complex 3D model. Thankfully, the Sketchup create faces plugin works just the same with a 3D shape!

Import. Import your 3D model into Sketchup.

Sketchup create faces for 3D model

Select. Use the selector tool to select the entire model.

Extensions > Eneroth Face Creator. Select “Eneroth Face Creator” from the “extensions” dropdown menu. Again, your model will automatically generate faces for each triangle-no matter how complex the shape may seem!

Sketchup create faces plugin for 3D model

It’s as simple as that! Don’t forget to grab the Eneroth Face Creator plugin before you get started. Once you have it installed, you’ll be able to create faces faster than you import your model-all while keeping your sanity!

Was this tutorial helpful? Using this Sketchup create faces plugin is so simple and helps us shave off so much time when modeling! We want to know, what is your favorite Sketchup plugin to use? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Hacking!

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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