How to get a face?

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How to get a face?

Postby cowmegalul » Sat May 15, 2021 11:13 pm


This is my first forum post and I have downloaded this .dxf file for a keyboard plate.

I am able to extrude the plate after creating a fusion with all the shapes. However, the plate is hollow and it does not have a bottom or top face, and I was wondering how to get a face.


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Re: How to get a face?

Postby chrisb » Sun May 16, 2021 3:36 am

I guess what you really want aren't faces, but you rather want a solid. If you extrude something and you want a solid, the underlying sketch or wire must not contain any T-joints or crossings. You need a closed loop which can contain at most one level of nested closed loops.

You may have to check Preferences->Import-Export->DXF->JoinGeometry.
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Re: How to get a face?

Postby thomas-neemann » Sun May 16, 2021 6:56 am

cowmegalul wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 11:13 pm
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Re: How to get a face?

Postby GlouGlou » Sun May 16, 2021 8:19 am

Select all elements in treeview.
Upgrade them (draft Wb), you'll get wires
Make a compound with all wires (Part Wb)
Then extrude it or use it in a body.
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Re: How to get a face?

Postby jmaustpc » Sun May 16, 2021 9:32 am

You can also go to the Draft WB, select all the lines in the treeview by clicking on first then holding shift key and clicking on last, then click on the Draft_to_Sketch icon in the Draft WB tool bar. That will put all the lines into a sketch, not constrained.

You can then Pad the object in Part Design by creating a Body, moving the sketch into it by drag and drop in treeview, then attach it to an axis plane of the body (presumably XY plane) then click on Pad and select the desired thickness, my example used 2mm.

The best method depends on your specific use case and the object you are trying to model.

This is just a quick example of what I suggest here.

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Re: How to get a face?

Postby cowmegalul » Sun May 16, 2021 6:41 pm

Thanks for the help!

All of these solutions were able to make it work.

Thanks everyone! :D