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Difference between Spline and Shape, and how to convert spline into shape? (beginner)
show user profile  chikipiki
This is a beginner question:
When I draw a rectangle, this is a shape and I can extrude it and the resulting form will be capped.
When I draw the same rectangle by lines, it is just a collection of lines and if I do Attach on all of them, and even convert to Edit Spline, I still cannot Extrude it like a Rectangle.

So how can I make my rectangle-made-from-lines into a "normal rectangle"?

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2/10/2009 11:31:25 AM (last edit: 2/10/2009 11:31:25 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
'shape' is a term applied to predefined default line objects in max such as rectangle, circle, start .etc that have adjustable parameter embedded, such as length with radius .etc. Shapes are still splines just with options attached.

'spline' is the term used when talking about the lines themselves. You can convert a shape to an editable spline but the length/width options will disappear. You cannot convert an editable spline back into a 'shape'.

The reason you cant extrude your rectangular spline made of lines with capped ends is because you need to weld the two end vertices together to create a 'closed' spline. Only once the spline is 'closed' will it extrude with end caps. If therte are any breaks in the continuous line it will not cap.

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2/10/2009 11:41:40 AM (last edit: 2/10/2009 11:42:54 AM)
show user profile  chikipiki
Thank you! It works!
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2/10/2009 1:58:00 PM (last edit: 2/10/2009 1:58:00 PM)
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