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Jello

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Affecting / Removing surface details
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:42:55 PM »
Hi guys! I need to print my model at shapeways but it has issues because the little details ("nubs") that you see on the scarab's back are too fragile.
I want to either:
1: flatten their tops and widen their bases (think pyramid with a flat top)
OR 2: Remove them and flatten the surface.
https://imgur.com/a/uHy9u   <-nubs

I can't figure out how to do 1, I tried using flatten but that affects a massive area. When I tried 2 I got mixed results:

Using "smooth"
(bumpy, not a very uniform surface)
Removing area and using auto-fix under inspector
(smooth but some unexpected shapes and just bad)
Removing just the "nubs" and using "make solid" to recreate it
Best of the three but still not sure how to keep right angles at edge of area I'm trying to flatten. How can I create these right angles?
https://imgur.com/a/bkgt5
1 is by far my preference, but I'll take advice on two as well.

MagWeb

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Re: Affecting / Removing surface details
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 05:52:30 PM »
@ 1: Think - never sure about what could be done in MM :
You might construct a slightly offset closed surface from the "base"-surface and use this as a subtrahend in BooleanDifference....and in SELECT Transform the selected boolean group without "SharedFrame" being enabled....

@2: To remove details:
You might try SCULPT and its Smooth brush (hold Shift while sculpting).
I'm just a user as you are. Being no Autodesk employee: I do not know where this road will lead to, nor do I claim to've all stuff got right.

Jello

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Re: Affecting / Removing surface details
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 08:27:47 PM »
Give this man an award. Never knew how to use secondary brushes and it works perfectly for smoothing OMG and it doesn't warp the surface and it's perfect. Still leaves #1 but number 2 is solved! Thanks!

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Re: Affecting / Removing surface details
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 05:31:24 AM »
Yes, MagWeb is the best! :)