Rhino 3D: Shelling or building wall thickness (Part 2)

This is part 2 of this Rhino3D version 4 tutorial. To be able to follow this article, one will need to have a basic understanding of how to use Rhino 3D, the powerful NURBS modelling program from Robert McNeel & Associates. Note: In Rhino 5, this will be necessary as one can simply use the SHELL command.

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After Offseting the surfaces, hide the original surfaces. You should get something like as per below screenshot.

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Next, using the Trim command, trim off the excess portions of the newly created surfaces. See screen capture below.

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After this, unhide the original surfaces. To do that, go to the Hide icon and right-click on it.

Next, create a closed object by covering the base. In this case, the Surface from Planar Curves was used.

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After this, trim off all excess surfaces using the Trim command. The trimmed model should look like what is being shown below.

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We are almost done, but not yet.

We still need to check the 3D model for possible gaps or holes. We will need the model to be water-tight for downstream and eventual data transfer purposes.

>>> Click here to go to part 3 of the tutorial.

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