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Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Experimenter
Experimenter

Hi,

 

I could not thicken the attached surface model. These surfaces are derived from a Solid model. I am trying to thicken to 2mm.

 

I don't get any error, it just doesn't thicken, or sometimes I get "Zero thickness Non-manifold body"error. 

 

Could some one help why I can't thicken this model? What should I do or What I should have done during creation of surfaces? Is Solidedge capable of handling such comples surfaces?

 

 

6 REPLIES

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

With just a quick glance, you have gaps and several other issues with these surfaces. Fix the bad geom and try it again.

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

Use Geometry Inspector to identify your bad geometry and fix it.

Use Stitch with a high tolerance like 1mm with the heal option.

Use Show Non-Stitched Edges to verify a single surface.

Use Command Finder down in the status bar to find the above commands if needed.

You still may not be able to thicken the intire body.

Consider thickening groups of faces until you find the problem area.

You can thicken some then use Add Body and thicken some more and then maybe join the bodies later.

 

LMGi
www.TLMGi.com

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Experimenter
Experimenter

Hi Jason,

Thank you for the suggestion. I do use all those inspection tools to make the geometry better. But still I come across this error quite frequently for almost all models. I wonder whether am making any basic mistake in my approach to modeling complex surfaces.. Would appreciate if some one throw some light..

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

I wish there was a Thicken troubleshooter.

Sometimes you can get the body to thicken using a small value and then increase it little by little.

Look for areas where inceasing the thickness will cause offset faces to totally consume other faces.

Then delete that face or make it bigger.

Sometimes adding a round to that area will bring success.

Sometimes using offset surface  just as a troubleshooter can reveal the problem area.

LMGi
www.TLMGi.com

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hi,

 

Sorry but this model is a big sh*t... Some terrible surfaces...

 

I'm not proud of this solution but usable:

 

BR,

Imics
http://solidedgest.wordpress.com/

Re: Couldn't thicken complex surface models!!

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Yes it is, full of gaps etc ... didn't want to scare the guy. Factor in not knowing what he was trying to do with it made it even harder to help. The 2mm wall he wanted I'm sure consumed other geom which causes problems.