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Downloaded models are non-manifold? [message #50093] Wed, 20 June 2012 10:31 UTC Go to next message
avatar tempusr162447_8bd191a501  is currently offline tempusr162447_8bd191a501
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Is it normal for our downloaded models to be non-manifold? This seems to defeat the purpose of being able to download.

I tried it in Sketchup, but not any other programs yet. Just wondering if I am missing a step or something.

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Re: Downloaded models are non-manifold? [message #50096 is a reply to message #50093 ] Wed, 20 June 2012 10:59 UTC Go to previous message
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Usually the downloaded model is the same model uploaded, maybe with the file name changed to suit Shapeways indexing.

If a model is non-manifold on upload and Shapeways MeshMedic software can fix it then the model will pass and be printable.

Useful software and service to use;
NetFabb Studio Basic (free) - great for error checking, repairing and measuring models.
NetFabb Cloud Service (free - requires email address) - Error checking and repair as well as boolean merging shells/meshes, returns repaired/merged mesh file.

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