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Does it seem that there is a LOT of time wasted converting surface models into solid models for manufacturing?

Question asked by Brian Jay on Sep 15, 2016
Latest reply on Sep 16, 2016 by Chris Dordoni

This sounds like whining, even as I read it back to myself, but the reality is that we seem to be wasting a LOT of time.


Is solid modeling so difficult for some applications/geometries?


Are surface models easier to use for fabrication or assemblies?


I seldom, if ever, use surfaces, so I really don't know.

I do know that I spend a good amount of time fiddling with surface models that have gaps, hanging zero-thickness edges, overlapping surfaces, self-intersecting geometry, and other anomalies that render them nearly useless for manufacturing.

Am I just an unlucky recipient of bad models, or is this truly a pervasive issue?