I come to Blender from the CAD world. I am teaching Blender to 12 students. We are working on a scene that happens in Charleston Harbor in 1862. I found an old chart and scaled it to full size using AutoCAD. Then I traced it making closed polylines. I can bring it into Blender as an FBX, but those closed shapes come in looking like this image: enter image description here

I want to make a landscape using the shapes I created, giving it height. Do any of you know how I might un-fill the shapes?

  • $\begingroup$ Blender imports what is there, so this issue is most likely on the other side. Empty faces may not be supported in the export filetype you are using as well. Just a thought, but why don't you model it in Blender? $\endgroup$ – VRM Mar 9 '15 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ I did not know how to measure and trace in Blender. I've used AutoCAD for years as well as Inventor. In the future I will try tracing in Blender instead. $\endgroup$ – Randy Van Nostrand Mar 31 '15 at 18:44

There's a plug-in for importing DXF files that gives you a lot more options than FBX and it looks like it imports linework as paths instead of meshes. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ @Randy Van Nostrand Don't edit answers for this, comment it $\endgroup$ – Bithur Mar 9 '15 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this idea. I went to the download section in the link provided and extracted the file folder. I don't know where to put the stuff I extracted. I went to the Blender Foundation folder and putt all of it there. I don't see an option for AutoCAD DXF in the import menu, even when I click the box in Add-ons. Where did I go wrong? Thanks John Burrill and Bithur. $\endgroup$ – Randy Van Nostrand Mar 9 '15 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ I think if you just unpack it into: <i> \Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.73\scripts\addons\ </i> -and restart blender it will work. $\endgroup$ – John Burrill Mar 9 '15 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ John, I am using Blender 2.72 in my class. I can't seem to get the plugin to work. In the notes under that Add-on ist says "Warning, Under construction! Visit Wiki for details. I'm lost. $\endgroup$ – Randy Van Nostrand Mar 9 '15 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ Try the download link on this page: bitbucket.org/treyerl/io_import_scene_dxf/overview $\endgroup$ – John Burrill Mar 9 '15 at 21:25

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