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aguritzky
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Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

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02-16-2011 09:07 PM

I have created an object using multiple surfaces some are revolved some are blended and would like to convert them to a solid object. I have tried surfsculp, surface offset, and thicken but none of them work. The surfaces do not create a watertight object but I do not understand why not, everything has been blended. When I try to offset it fails and when I use thicken it tells me that the object intersects itself. I do not know what to do can anyone help?

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stevenelliott3894
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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-17-2011 08:11 AM in reply to: aguritzky

Unfortunately, AutoCAD cannot convert a surface to a solid like you wish. If you could manage to convert it to a closed mesh, then AutoCAD *might* be able to make it into a solid with CONVTOSOLID. This is an unfortunate situation that has been around since they started using solids technology (release 13), and they haven't seen fit to address this issue. Sorry.

 

 

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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-17-2011 08:48 AM in reply to: aguritzky

Thank you for your response. I have tried to convert it into a mesh, when I do it becomes very ugly and rough and creates alot of holes even after using smooth mesh. I tried to patch the holes with the proper command (I cannot remember the name off the top of my head), but it actually just makes it worse.

 

I also have Inventor I am just not as familiar with it. Is there anyway I can import the drawing to Inventor and convert it into a solid? Or will I have the same issues?

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stevenelliott3894
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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-17-2011 08:52 AM in reply to: aguritzky

Sorry, I know very little about Inventor. There are many Inventor users here, so maybe one will chime in. Other than that, I would suggest downloading a demo of Inventor and trying things out for yourself, to determine if it can meet your needs.

Steven Elliott

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JDMather
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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-20-2011 06:26 PM in reply to: stevenelliott3894

stevenelliott3894 wrote:

... I would suggest downloading a demo of Inventor and trying things out for yourself....


uhhmm didn't the OP indicate already having Inventor?

Of course a question of this type of any complexity cannot possible be answered without a file.

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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-21-2011 05:14 AM in reply to: JDMather

Uh... yes... yes, he did. I referred quickly back to his first post when I wrote that, but he didn't say it until his second post. Way to jump in there with unimportant criticism!

 

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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-21-2011 12:10 PM in reply to: stevenelliott3894

stevenelliott3894 wrote:

 Way to jump in there with unimportant criticism!

 


Unzip attached Part1.sat file.
Issue the acisin command.

http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=class&session_id=3056

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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-21-2011 12:18 PM in reply to: JDMather

JDMather wrote:

stevenelliott3894 wrote:

 Way to jump in there with unimportant criticism!

 


Unzip attached Part1.sat file.
Issue the acisin command.

http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=class&session_id=3056


Is this supposed to convey a message to me?  :robotindifferent:

Steven Elliott

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02-21-2011 02:09 PM in reply to: JDMather

Lol, I am staying out of this one. But thanks to everyone for the help it is appreciated.

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Re: Converting Blended Surfaces To Solids?

02-21-2011 05:26 PM in reply to: JDMather

The part looks great in Inventor but I do not know how to get the file into AutoCAD?

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