3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2017 7:22 PM by Maha Nadarasa

    Knit-Surface and Thicken tool

    Maha Nadarasa

      In the video to convert hollow object into solid model Knit-Surface and Thicken tools are used. Knit-Surface tool is combining all the surfaces and Thicken tools is converting it into solid.    


      My question is combining all the surfaces & converting model into solid entity can be done alone with Knit-Surface tool only, by check making boxes under Knit-Surface tool. Why was it done separately in the video? 



      Time 36.46-36.50


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        • Re: Knit-Surface and Thicken tool
          Dan Pihlaja

          If your surfaces, after knitting, create a closed surface (i.e., the outside of a block), then you can use the create solid function.


          However, if your surfaces do NOT create a closed surface, then you can't use "Create Solid".  You have to thicken to give the surface some thickness which creates the solid.


          The analogy is this:

          If you used surfacing to create two halves of a sphere separately, then knitted them together, you could create a solid when you knit them.  In essence you would create a solid sphere (like a marble or a baseball).

          On the other hand, if you did NOT use the "Create solid" in the knitting command, and instead used the thicken command after knitting, then you would get a hollow sphere with a material thickness of whatever you used in the thicken command (like a tennis ball).

          • Re: Knit-Surface and Thicken tool
            Christian Chu

            Thicken and coverting solid are totally diff.

            Thicken is applied on open surfaces while coverting solid in knit surface is on  close surfaces which you can later use shell feature to create skin