On Mon, 21 May 2001, John Cline wrote:
> Rhinocerous also allows you to import several different ypes of file formats
> and then reexport all, many, or single objects in many different formats.
> However, I don't know whether Rhino would "crash" under the requirement of
> importing and aligning up to 200 files!
Rhino does not merge or boolean-union meshes in any way. It's a great
NURBS modeler, but it's not about mesh ops: it offers a viewer and
elementary triangle manipulation, and that's all.
The best software I've seen for merging meshes is FreeForm - it can
handle meshes that make Magics throw up its lunch. But for what they
charge, I'll probably never get to try it again.
Unioning meshes is, as far as I know, the outstanding unsolved
software problem in this business. The most promising approach I'm
aware of is that of slicing the mesh and then unioning the slices as
2D entities. Rhino is working on being able to do this, but it is not
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> >From: RP Solutions [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 6:15 PM
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> >Subject: Making a single STL file from Multiple parts.
> >Hi all,
> >I have a customer that wants to prototype an assembly as a single part,
> >the customer wants is to see the assembly as a single object, just exterior
> >The customer has all the component parts as STL files(200 pcs) but they
> >cannot merge them together to create a single STL file of the exterior
> >Is there some software that will merge the STL data to create a single STL
> >of the exterior shape? I know I can slice up the component in Quickslice
> >edit out each curve to create the exterior but this takes a long time.
> >The customer has tried to merge the files in ProE without sucess, would a
> >point cloud or polygon manipulating software get me the external shape I
> >Thanks in advance
> >Oliver Cole
> >Technical Director
> > _____
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