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modify autocad file in max
show user profile  is
good morning everybody,

i have a question: i need to smooth the edges of a mesh that represents a simple sofa (but now looks more like a box as the edges are not smooth). the file is imported from autocad. i already tried different things:
- smooth modifiers
- loop - ring - chamfer
but it ends up looking more like a blob than a nice chamfered edges box.
has anyone any idea on how to fix this quickly?
the box has on each site one segment.could that be the problem?

thanks so much.
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10/15/2011 9:08:22 AM (last edit: 10/15/2011 9:08:22 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Turbosmooth can't be just slapped on anything, there's a whole set of rules behind getting the topology to be nicely smoothed by it.
Chamfering the edges you need to be sharper (smooth, but not blobby) might provide a quick fix, but it might not (and probably won't)

A picture might help

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10/15/2011 9:24:44 AM (last edit: 10/15/2011 9:24:44 AM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
Personally I've found that a task like you described is more time consuming than modelling a new one in max. But as stated, a picture might clear up any preconceptions.

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10/15/2011 11:12:52 AM (last edit: 10/15/2011 11:12:52 AM)
show user profile  is
i know, but these are special made and the architect doesn't want me to make them again but want me to use these (will post pic in a sec)

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10/15/2011 12:08:45 PM (last edit: 10/15/2011 12:08:45 PM)
show user profile  is
here it is

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10/15/2011 12:31:42 PM (last edit: 10/15/2011 12:31:42 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Reformulating the question:
A picture showing a closeup of a shaded wire so we can see the mesh might help

Special made? Looks like they were made in 7 seconds each. What would change if you made them again? (or even better, if I might dare say)

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10/15/2011 6:44:38 PM (last edit: 10/15/2011 6:44:38 PM)
show user profile  del3d
how does it look like in autocad? perhaps it is only the import settings that need a closer look..
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10/16/2011 1:45:06 AM (last edit: 10/16/2011 1:45:06 AM)
show user profile  nm8r
What version of 3dsmax are you using?
You could use the Quadify Mesh modifier (3dsmax 2010 and above) and add a Turbosmooth above it as a quick way of working with those AutoCAD models if you don't have much time to tweak them or even remodel them from scratch. You could also add an Edit Poly modifier to add more chamfering in some areas before the Turbosmooth.
They look simple enough to redo but the Quadify Mesh + Turbosmooth would take only a few seconds. It may eat up your render time down the road if you don't have a fast processor so make sure you experiment with the settings,

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10/16/2011 1:49:22 AM (last edit: 10/16/2011 6:03:56 AM)
show user profile  is
You are a genious, that is exactly what I needed. Fast way to fix them. I was aware of the fact that they need a bit more edges but didn't know how to add more.
It works fine with the two modifiers you suggested. Awesome! They just needed an extra edge.
Thank you, thank you thank you.

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10/16/2011 9:58:06 PM (last edit: 10/16/2011 9:58:06 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
You're welcome. I'm glad it helped.
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10/17/2011 12:16:29 AM (last edit: 10/17/2011 12:16:29 AM)
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