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I want an explanation of why, any Manifold export would become non-manifold, and why 9 out of 10 programs will say Manifold, but never will all programs agree and say, yup it's manifold.
#1 Michael Williams on 2009-12-08 13:29 (Reply)
If an exporter turns a manifold object into a non-manifold object, then that sounds like a buggy exporter. Do you have an example?

Not sure about the other issue, but it could depend on the tool's definition of manifold. Here at Shapeways we need objects that are 2-manifold, meaning that each edge is shared by exactly 2 faces.
#2 Bart (Homepage) on 2009-12-08 13:42 (Reply)
I like your definition better, Bart ("each edge is shared by exactly 2 faces"). Note in their example (Figure 1), the object is not 2-manifold even though it satisfies their vertex to vertex rule. There are four edges that have only one associated face.
#3 David Drummond (Homepage) on 2009-12-08 14:02 (Reply)
I suppose the issue is the different definitions of manifold. I've had some models that I can't do much of anything to get them to upload, and others go up with out a problem. and sometimes just using different scales has worked to make it acceptable.
#4 Michael Williams on 2009-12-08 16:38 (Reply)
Yes! Size is definitely an issue that can occur when you use 'meters' as the size unit. In some cases you may run into the limited internal accuracy of the software that you use. Vertices are then 'welded' together and this can result in non-manifold meshes. I always use millimeters as the size unit to avoid this.
#5 Bart (Homepage) on 2009-12-09 08:09 (Reply)
The technology used by 3D protoyping delivers commercial advantages for product departments, specifically in speed, cost, and availability of almost instant 3d models created from CAD software. Engineers and design technicians can use 3d printers during the conceptual stages of product design to produce prototypes of new products.
#6 (Homepage) on 2010-01-20 12:07 (Reply)

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