I have modeled an object out of surfaces and I need to convert it into a solid. I have tried surfsculpt, offset, and thicken they all have their own error preveting it from working. I know there are tiny gaps in a few of the surfaces but I do not know how to close them. I have tried to stitch them I just dont think I am familiar enough with inventor to make it work. I can not attached the file it is to large I hope someone can tell me what I need to do.
Are you working in Inventor or still playing in AutoCAD?
How big is the file if you zip it? (right click on filename and select Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.
If in Inventor you can make it even smaller by first rolling up the End of Part marker before zipping.
BTW - a jpg or png would have conveyed the same information at a fraction of the file size.
It is quite large now It is 3300 kb when zipped. You are just the person i needed to speek with. You did good witht he first one but I had to change things. I am still palying around in both inventor and autocad this one project is just above my head.
I am new to 3D modeling everything I have done I learned myself just playing around. I did not know I could modify solids with surfaces. In the time it took me to get the solid you had made for me I had already modified my project and did not know how to incorprate the modifications to the solid. What I have now is completed as soon as I get it into a working STL, Parasolid, or IGES file.
What is the end use of the file - Parasolid and IGES are quite different than stl.
Unless they are doing a simple Rapid Prototype you will probably be best sending them a STEP.
If you are having a Rapid Prototype made then stl. In Inventor be sure to set the Options to the same units as your model as Inventor defaults to centimeters regardless of document units.
You could send me the file and I'll try stitchin in Inventor - but no guarentees as I'm a bit busy this week.
You could download Inventor from http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
Is this slot supposed to go all the way through as shown in attached image?
There are some instructions for repair here, but this would be challenging for a beginner.
The back does need to be solid with 1/8" material thickness to the specified point shown by the multiples of surfaces i have done lol. Also there are 2 ribs that join the 2 sides as well that need 1/8" material thickness.