View Full Version : How to use the knife-function in 2D-Polygons
14th November 2006, 11:02 AM
I'm here the first time and want to say hello. I use the AC3D to build sceneries for modelflightsimulators.
But now i have a problem:
I have a polygon and 3 small polygons inside.
Now i need to cut out the regions of the 3 small polygons.
Can anyone explain me how i can do that with the "knife"-function or are there other ways?
Thanks and best regards
14th November 2006, 12:31 PM
There are usually many ways to make the same stuff.
Try making a 3x7 mesh and deleting the 3 surfaces.
15th November 2006, 02:38 AM
Sorry, but how can i make a 3x7 mesh?
15th November 2006, 03:07 PM
this is what Andy is talking about :
You will have a black and white mesh just after its creation.
It's just 2 different materials applied to the mesh.
If you want a single material for the whole mesh then just select all the surfaces and apply a single material
to them (#1 in my case).
16th November 2006, 02:51 AM
Hi luuckyy and Andy
I tried that but the result is not very impressive. :(
I can use the knife-function only when the knife-object is a 3D-model, as a 2D-polyon it doesn't cut anything.
So here are the steps i made with the 3D-polygon, but as you can see, the knife does not cut all parts:
Do i something wrong or is there another way?
Thanks and regards
16th November 2006, 04:03 AM
I think Andy's original suggestion was to create the 3x7 mesh and skip the knife altogether. This is probably the best approach for what you're trying to do (the knife isn't built to cut out interiors, only make slices along edges).
The idea is, you would remove the surfaces you didn't need from the 3x7 mesh. You could then resize each of the rectangular holes by manipulating the vertices directly.
16th November 2006, 08:32 PM
I think the general idea here was to make a 3 x 7 polygon because, if you count the number of spaces and shapes from top to bottom you get 7 "rows", and side to side, counting the border and the three shapes, you get 3 columns.
After making that basic 3 x 7, just move the vertices (in X and Y only) to the positions they need to go to describe the polygons, and then eliminate the "intervening" areas. If necessary, perhaps add vertices between pairs if there aren't enough to perfectly describe the shapes.
It's very simple. You just need to begin to think like the program, if that makes any sense.
17th November 2006, 04:37 AM
Andy is right, of course: he's probably the only one in the world who knows everything about AC3D. But as such he sometimes tends to forget that things aren't always as easy as they look to him :)
Try the following:
once you have your frame with your polygons in it:
- toggle to 'vertex' mode
- select all vertices, including those of the main frame
- go to 'vertex' menu and click "Create 2D Mesh"
Caution now: the complex mesh you see is a NEW object that overlaps your previous frame and polygons - move it aside in order to avoid getting confused.
- toggle to 'surface' mode
- in the new objects identify the surfaces corresponding to the polygonal holes you want in your frame, select them and delete them.
Et voila, erledigt. Viel Glück.
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