Illustrator — multiple overlapping lines for laser

My team designed a building in Archicad, then exported a view as a pdf and imported it into Illustrator to then laser it onto cardboard and build our model.

We have run into the following problem: after having imported the file into Illustrator, we found that all of the lines in the view are layered over one another three times, meaning to avoid the laser engraving each line three times, we have to delete two of the three. Of course, we can do this manually, but it’s taking a massive amount of time. Is there a way to delete two of these line layers with just a few clicks?

MacOS, Mojave, 14.10, Illustrator CC 2019, ArchiCAD 22

Answer

I have a very different answer for you – simpler, faster and a better workflow for you – back in ArchiCAD.

Save all the elements of that live view into a worksheet or a detail, and then run first the Linework Consolidation wizard, and then the Fill Consolidation wizard… and then export out as PDF.

You will have a radically simplified illustrator file with one of each element only; BTW – this workflow is how I’ve done countless good illustrations starting with ArchiCAD views and least fuss and muss in Illustrator or Designer.

This link is for reference only – the Graphisoft Help System reference page for the Linework Consolidation tools: Graphisoft Help

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Source : Link , Question Author : Loki , Answer Author : GerardFalla

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