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Mesh Tools

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Overview


Robust mesh import, export, creation, and editing tools are critical to all phases of design, including:


  • Captured 3-D data from digitizing and scanning is usually transferred into Rhino as mesh models.
  • Many applications such as SketchUp and Modo only support mesh data.
  • Export meshes for analysis and rendering.
  • Conversion from NURBS for display and rendering.
  • Export for prototyping and fabrication.

There are both new and enhanced mesh tools, plus support for double-precision meshes to accurately represent and display ground forms such as the 3-D topography of a large city.

New commands

  • ExtractAnalysisMesh - Extracts an analysis mesh from an object. For example, use the CurvatureAnalysis command and then run ExtractAnalysisMesh to add the analysis mesh (with the vertex colors) to the document.
  • ExtractPipedCurve - Extracts the mesh created by the ApplyCurvePiping command.
  • ExtractUVMesh - Extracts the flattened UV meshes.
  • Merge2MeshFaces - Merges two triangular mesh faces that share an edge into one quadrangular face.
  • MeshRepair - Opens a Mesh Repair Wizard.

Enhanced commands

  • 3DFace - New dynamic feedback wires connect the picked points.
  • CheckMesh - Checks whether the face normals and vertex normals face the same direction.
  • ExtractMeshEdges - New Join option joins the extracted edges.
  • Mesh - Major overhaul results in dozens of bugs fixed, many more special cases handled, and is generally faster.
  • MeshCone, MeshCylinder, and MeshTCone - A new Solid option closes the open ends with a mesh.
  • OffsetMesh - New BothSides option creates meshes on each side.
  • ReduceMesh - Decreases the polygon mesh face count while minimizing geometric and texture distortion.
  • Weld - Edges that will be affected by Weld or Unweld are highlighted.