Overlapping shapes?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Orange Man, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Orange Man
    Orange Man New Member
    I'm converting a model over for my customer. I've looked over the instructions for shapeways, but I might have missed the part on overlapping shapes.

    So my question:

    If two "watertight" shapes overlap, are they treated as solid/one object?

    I certainly hope so! It will save me much editing.
  2. denali3ddesign
    denali3ddesign New Member
    Yes, Shapeways will combine them. Just be aware that there is a possibility they'll interpret the model differently than you intended so its best if you use something like cloud.netfabb.com to do it yourself and check the model over first.

  3. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    Yes, they will be considered for pricing as one single item.
    You have to be careful though: Shapeways does not perform a "boolean join" on your model.
    While checking the model for "thin walls", this may lead to some incorrect rejections due to two surfaces that are very close to each other.

    Check this thread for a full explanation:
    http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&&th=7 825&goto=41969#msg_41969

    One thing you can do: if you can get your model saved in the STL format, then you can run it thru http://cloud.netfabb.com to do a proper boolean join against all the shells.