JamesProvost wrote:I've had a couple of projects where clients supplied vector output from CAD (probably SolidWorks).
So far I've always redrawn/traced it with the Pen in Illustrator. It just makes for a cleaner basis for whatever I'm doing from there.
A quick and dirty method I've used is selecting everything and making it Live Paint, filling all the solid areas with the Live Paint Bucket and a bright colour, Live Paint > Expand, ungroup (repeat until everything is ungrouped), deselect and select one of the CAD lines, Select > Same > Fill & Stroke, Delete, then select the bright colour, Select > Same > Fill & Stroke and click the Default Fill & Stroke button (bottom left of the main Fill and Stroke boxes). What you end up with is a black and white drawing with closed paths and a solid white fill. This method will even close any small gaps in the CAD output.
Astute Graphics' plugin VectorScribe can help clean up messy CAD vectors, particularly the Smart Removal Brush and the Points to Tangencies button.
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