IE I have a 3D line design that I imported as a DXF and would like to ‘grow/expand’ those simple DXF lines so that they are tubes (preferably square section). I do not need to keep the original lines once the tube is made.
I have searched around a bit but cannot find anything like what I’m trying to achieve.
Essentially, if you have a simple line, how do you make it expand into a tube with the centre of the expansion as the line (it could be solid or hollow, so long as the result has a surface on all sides).
Thanks in advance, I hope I am explaining it clearly enough.
I think I get what you mean, and indeed I have completed that to the first stage of extruding all edges at once in the Z axis, but because this is a 3D object (its faces curve in all axis) it does not create an even depth of face due to some of the edges being orientated in different space)
Also how do you then get all of the newly created faces to extrude either side of the original edges so that you are effectively ‘fattening’ the original edge geometry (if you understand)?
IE, I now have a ‘ribbon’ in the form of the original line (edge) design, how do I then make the faces wider in mulitiple axis instead of all in one direction which would not work for edges that lie for example +Y-Y instead of +X-X (if you extrude to +Y, it will not work for edges that lie ±X) (what’s worse is that any faces that lie somewhere between X and Y will be extruded in a diagonal fashion and not even)
IE again, if for example you have a rectangular shape made from 4 edges, you extrude in the Z direction to form a ribbon of that shape, how do you extrude those faces all at the same time so that they now have a thickness in both X and Y directions? And what happens if that rectangle does not lie convieniently flat on the grid? What if two of its edges are curved? How do you then get the extrusion to be an equal thickness in all dimensions, ie 0.1 blender units from any point of the original edge?
I think that is the best I can explain the problem.
You don’t want to connect three or more faces on one edge. Look at this image:
Adjacent Polygon face A and B faces the same way. Adjacent face A and C face the same way as well. But face C and B is connected front to back! The face orientation is all messed up. If you add solidify modifier, software don’t know which direction you want to add thickness between A and C or C and B.
In your case remove this T corner. Add face manually after thickness is applied.
I also wondered about the trick to assign a shape and path (not sure what this is called, but you basically separately make the cross section of the ‘tube’ you want, then that gets transposed onto the path (in this case the edges). Would that be a possibility with this?
In area “A”, remove the mesh that is coming off the main shape as a T intersection. You will get a gap when you add thickness with modifier. No problem. Just apply the modifier to convert thickness into mesh. And just manually bridge the gap.
As for kinked corner “B”, in Solidify modifier activate “Even Thickness.”
Well, again I have learned a new trick thanks to you and can now manipulate the deleted vertices. However, due to my original concern (re the first extrusion in Z direction distorting the 3D shape), the problem is that the horizontal (I shall call them beams) were originally connected to the outside face of the geometry, which means that when you delete the connecting mesh and reconnect to the new inner face, they dont line up in the Z direction and now have a step up to the connection.
In other words the problem stems from the first stage of extrusion from the original edges.
Is there some way to extrude the first stage according to the curves orientation in space. I think what I mean is that is there a way to align the normals to a tangent of the edges orientation so that the extrusion maintains its thickness in all areas?
I dont think I can explain this properly, but I hope you get what I mean?
what about useing curves? if he uses a bezier curve and sets it to take its scale from a bezier circle he would then have an edge, with a ‘tube’ around it…with open ends…if im correct his is essentially what your trying to achieve?
OK, I found a tutorial on curve modifier, but it wont work for this geometry because it is not a continuous curve. It starts to do the outline and as soon as it gets to the first T connection, it cannot continue.
So, I guess I could use this method, but would have to disconnect all connecting edges (now curves) and modify each accordingly. A bit laborious, but should work.
Is there any way to make the target tube in this technique to automatically scale to the right length? Or do you have to trial and error it until you get it right?