Solid Inspector²
Inspect and repair solids in SketchUp
Solid Inspector²

Select a group or component and activate the tool for an analysis of what would prevent it from being a solid manifold.

Alternativly, just open the group or component and activate the tool. Saves you from jumping in and out of the object while editing.

 

The analysis of the objects might be slow if you have very large and complex models.

 

Note that this extension require SketchUp 2014 or newer. If you have an older version of SketchUp, refer to the old Solid Inspector.

Usage

  • Click on an group or component to analyse it for holes.
  • Use Tab (Shift+Tab) to cycle through and zoom to the errors.
  • Click on the Fix or Fix All buttons in the dialog that appear.

Menus & Toolbars

  • Tools » Solid Inspector²
  • Toolbars » Solid Inspector²

Requirements

Related Links

Need Help?

Please post back in the SketchUp forums in this thread: http://forums.sketchup.com/t/solid-inspector/5117

State your SketchUp version, OS, and any error messages you might be faced with. Sample models and screenshots also helps greatly to resolve problems.

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Reviews

About to chuck computer out the window - you saved its life - thanks!!

Very, very useful for 3D printing models. However, on trying to install in Sketchup 2017 (in secure mode) it complained that the "signature is out of date".

I need some help. I have a model that SU says is not a solid, but the Solid Inspector tells me everything is "nice and shiny". I cant figure out what the problem is.

ThomThom's picture

SU perform a different check, that all edges are connected to two faces. There are some edge cases though, for instance, if you take a cube, split one of it's faces into four parts, then pull-pull the upper left and lower bottom face. You then end up with a mesh that 3d printers will accept as solids, but one of the edges will have four faces connected.

If you want more help on your particular model I'd recommend you make a post in the SketchUp forums where you post the model or some images of it for inspection.

ThomThom,

Great tools thanks. I need to delete all non-solid components from my model. Will your tool allo me to do this?

thank-you

Stuart

ThomThom's picture

Hi Stuart

I'm afraid it doesn't have such functionality.

Can you file a feature request along with a sample model in the issue tracker? https://bitbucket.org/thomthom/solid-inspector/issues?status=new&status=...

Most trusted name in SketchUp extensions! :)

Zack J.'s picture

Thanks ThomThom

Ypur welcome

Dave W.'s picture

Can we have the option to bring back the circles? Sometimes the surface boarders are so small, a red highlight isn't enough. I either spend so much time looking for them or I can't find them at all.

ThomThom's picture

It's possible to install version 1 side by side with version 2.

pitti s's picture

Why there is no install button ?

ThomThom's picture

Looks like the site is having some problems at the moment. I reported it.

Joshua W.'s picture

Most of the time Solid Inspector 2 works flawlessly for me. This time though, i have a rather intricate model. I have a model with 8 nested instances. Each of the other nested instances are grouped seperately and entity info shows them as a solid group(they are currently hidden). The main body is also grouped and Solid Inspector 2 shows "No Errors Everything is shiny" however the group is not solid and has no volume. I need it to be a solid so I can intersect all the groups with the main body.

ThomThom's picture

Can you share the model in a post on the SketchUp forums? Then it's easier to follow up.

Joshua W.'s picture

I cant share the model, sorry but i did eventually get the issues figured out. Unfortunately it meant interecting all the groups into the main body, then manually erasing all the parts "inside" the model. Then i had to redraw many sections. In the end i was able to get it "shiny" so thankyou for that. I can tell you this about the model. Its a 9" version of 23 feet long aircraft and it printed as a solid 1 piece.
One side question. Lately ive been seeing this blurb in Solid Inspector about many short edges? How can i stop seeing this? Why does this matter to 3d printing? It seems it doesnt matter and printer prints it just fine regardless of the edges in question.

ThomThom's picture

The warning about short edges is due to SketchUp's internal precision - which is 1/1000". Any two point closer than that will be treated as identical. SI will warn you if your model have edges close to this as you might run into issues with SU - missing edges/faces etc.

Andre B.'s picture

Your plugins is very useful, but how to disable it (short edges)?

ThomThom's picture

Activate Solid Inspector, Right click in the viewport, the context menu let you toggle short edges inspection.

Andre B.'s picture

Hooray! Performance!
Thank you very much.

Christopher H's picture

Hi ThomThom,

I can't install your mod; I get the following error message.

Alert!

An AJAX HTTP error occurred.
HTTP Result Code: 500
Debugging information follows.
Path: /en/system/ajax
StatusText: Internal Server Error
ResponseText:
500 Internal Server Error
500 Internal Server Error
nginx

Please help, I would really like to use your mod

ThomThom's picture

Errors from the Extension Warehouse is out of my control. I've forwarded it to the SketchUp team.

By the way, did you get this error when using Extension Warehouse from the browser or from within SketchUp?

Download seemed to work when I tried just now.

Christopher H's picture

Both,

Error on clicking 'install' within SketchUp, same error when clicking 'download' on browser.

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Looks like I'll just have to wait and see.

I've tried both to no avail! Having the same issue on a few of your extensions. They look phenomenal and I can't wait to try them!

lindsay a's picture

It's not just his extensions. the warehouse is having issues. contact google...

ThomThom's picture

Google sold SketchUp in 2012 - it's been Trimble since then. They are aware of the issues.

lindsay a's picture

Oh, right... forgot about that.. I was able to get it installed by downloading from your bitbucket... thanks for the awesome tools!

Bernie M.'s picture

I'm getting the same error. Tried several different extensions, but all the same. Very frustrating.

Andrew K's picture

Me too. Incredible such a catastropic bug can make it into production software.

Ahmed F.'s picture

Absolutely brilliant - thank you so much you are amazing

Naig A's picture

This is voodo magic to me. I dont understand how it works but it does, perfectly.

Binghang L's picture

Hi, I am wondering if you can provide a tool just select the internal surfaces. it will be very handy to have such function. Just like what in solid inspector. user can delete (fix) internal surfaces but can NOT select them.

or just a ruby script.

The dicussion below provide a roby to delete internal surface. but I want to just selet them, not delete them.

[Plugin] Remove Inner Faces
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=180&t=12668

ThomThom's picture

While the tool is active, right click in the viewport and you should get an menu with options to select entities based on the error type they belong to.

Binghang L's picture

it works! Thanks so much!

Abigail S.'s picture

Is there an easy way to "manually" fix holes in mesh? I am creating a violin to be 3D printed and I am not sure where to begin fixing the holes.

Thanks

Miki R's picture

"No Errors. Everything is shiny :)"

This extension gets my recommendation on that message alone. <3 Firefly.

ThomThom's picture

Keep on flying!

SINA R.'s picture

This is absolutely fantastic! my model went from non displayable to printing in a matter of 2 minutes! Great work

Lyndon A.'s picture

I love this extension. It hasd been a life saver many times. Any ideas on when it'll be available for 2016 users?
Thanks!

J.R. Bédard's picture

I also really like this extension, and echo Lyndon's inquiry about SketchUp 2016 availability.

ThomThom's picture

The extension is compatible with SU2016.

J.R. Bédard's picture

oh you're right it works! I somehow installed it wrong the first time.

Paul K's picture

Awesome extension!
Thanks a lot.

Diana O.'s picture

Great plugin, thanks very much! Is there a way for it to work on multiple solids instead of one at a time? If not than here's a suggestion :)

Jim S's picture

thom....
i just have to say....with tears of joy in my eyes...lol
thank you....thank you thank you thank you....all the frustration i have incurred up to this point has been put to rest and i can finally walk away from the printer after i start the print and the first layer outline has been successfully layed out knowing the print will not have filled in the thru holes that were supposed to be there...
thank you brother,
j stone

Roberto L.'s picture

Thank you very much Thom. You are genius!

Bibin T's picture

Actually there are still many plugins really requied.there is no plugin to take the solid generated by interse two or more planes.after giving the option of intersect face with model we want to remove the unwanted. Phases by deleting.please help in this

Darin S.'s picture

Awesome! You are amazing!

jean-marc T.'s picture

There's nothing to say but..... Thank You !!!!

Toh H's picture

Hi ThomThom, Solid Inspector keeps telling me about its "new" 2014 version at startup even after I've installed it. When I come to this page, the option to install it is available again. Have you come across this issue?

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