Imported Bodies Video Series – 2. Repairing an Imported Model (Manual Selection of Open Edges) [VIDEO]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated July 16, 2013


In the first article of this series, I used different troubleshooting tools for finding the culprit that generated the imported body error, i.e. a planar face that was self-intersecting.

Deleting the “bad” face created 99 gaps between 101 surface bodies which replaced the original imported solid body.

In order to repair the model, I have to re-create the deleted face, which seems simple considering that it was planar (use the “planar surface” feature, right?), but it is complicated by the huge number of unconnected open edges that have to be selected as boundaries of the new planar face.

What is the fastest way to manually select all these open edges? What about box selecting them? Watch this video for the whole procedure in order to see the problems I encountered during the selection process and how I addressed them.

But is this really the fastest way of selecting all open edges? Wouldn’t it be nicer to be able to select them in bulk by just pressing a button?

We will provide an answer to this question in the next article of this series.

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.