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Boolean Tips

Boolean Combos

Example 1 (Boolean / tThick / cSlash )

Below are some examples of how I make shapes using booleans in Hard Ops. It's also important to note that I am modifing the boolshape before csharpening the main form. Otherwise it would be applied.

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To discuss this first example:

  • subtractive boolean with ctrl + numpad minus. Then boolshape Q menu to bevel for roundness
  • csharp to apply and sharpen
  • tthick to expand area reach of boolshape. Press 2 to push in and out during modal
  • subtractive boolean then used the Q >> Cslash to get the cutaway back.

The shape is re-usable at this point to do cutaways on other areas of the mesh if the user desires.

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Example 2 (Boolean / tThick)

In this example I do a simple cut with a cube and after rounding the corners add solidify to create a panel cut. Here you can see the separations of objects.

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Undo Extractions

Undo extractions are something I've been experiementing with lately. Basically its the idea of modifying the shape to obtain a part for separation that is then undone.

For starters we'll add a cylinder.

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Then to make it look better we'll do a subdivision rebase on the cylinder. Then cleanMesh(E) to simplify the form once more.

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So in the end this just added more spans to the curvature but dissolved the edges at the top. So now for the extraction.

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In this example I did the following: - ctrl + b bevel - pressed P to adjust profile to 1 which made the transtion hard on a bevel level of 2. - separated the mesh selection with P - ctrl + z undo to revert back to original state

At this point I modified the selection. - edge slide - partial deletion - ctrl + shift + b bevelled the corners for rounding.

So with this nice rounded extraction we can now use tThick to cut into the shape.

tThick during modal has a mode activated with 2 which pushes on both sides of the normal

First we will revert the sstatus back to undefined to treat this like a regular mesh.

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And now to solidify / boolean / cslash / cleanup the area.

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Here is another example of it in action.

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This is also used to get material extractions for detailing as well.

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