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How do I get rid of n-gons?
show user profile  vurtitude
This skill seems to be the most frustrating to me. Any rhyme or reason to it? I am trying to chamfer some sides of a box and I got this:

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8/6/2009 10:33:18 AM (last edit: 8/6/2009 10:33:52 AM)
show user profile  Jock
I just tried the same and although it looks similar theres a box in the middle of mine making most of the items 4 sided with a 3 sided poly just at the end of each.

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8/6/2009 10:39:56 AM (last edit: 8/6/2009 10:39:56 AM)
show user profile  s_purs
that will still smooth fine. you dont HAVE to always make polys.

theres another thread like this with links on getting rid of ngons etc. why didnt you just look 15 posts down and add in that post- if the links didnt help?
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8/6/2009 11:40:10 AM (last edit: 8/6/2009 11:40:49 AM)
show user profile  horizon
That's because you're doing it wrong. Why do you need 6 fillets for the edges?
2 will do just fine if you use them correctly when making a to be smoothed topology.

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8/6/2009 12:11:42 PM (last edit: 8/6/2009 12:11:42 PM)
show user profile  threedee
yeah, it is kind of over the top with the Chamfering but you could try this..........
check out your image hear ---

select an Edge denoted by an arrow and its edge at the opposite end. Click Connect and that will make the Tri into a Quad or a four-sided Tri.
Or try selecting the 3 edges that make up a tri and clicking the Collapse button on the Modify parameters panel.

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8/6/2009 6:57:51 PM (last edit: 8/6/2009 6:57:51 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Four sided triangle? :P

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8/6/2009 9:34:57 PM (last edit: 8/6/2009 9:35:08 PM)
show user profile  threedee
hey, I'm just quoting from a book by Todd Daniele - "Poly-Modeling with 3DS Max". Seems to work for him.
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8/7/2009 11:42:10 AM (last edit: 8/7/2009 11:42:10 AM)
show user profile  horizon
You sure he didn't say 4 sided poly, not triangle? You could look up a definition of TRIangle if you forgot your elementary school geometry :P

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8/7/2009 12:23:44 PM (last edit: 8/7/2009 12:23:44 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
Builders often ask their new labourers to go to the store for a four sided triangle and a long stand.
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8/7/2009 12:25:23 PM (last edit: 8/7/2009 12:41:19 PM)
show user profile  vurtitude
Guys, thanks a lot for your help. I really appreciate this forum.
I figured it out, horizon, you're right, 6 is too much. I also tried using collapse on vertices and it helped a lot, but I had to keep trying different vertices. I guess this is something you just get the hang of after a while.
s_purs, I apologize, I'm fairly new to the forum, I will not start a new thread next time.
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8/7/2009 12:50:17 PM (last edit: 8/7/2009 12:50:17 PM)
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