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 From: Michael Gibson 31 Dec 2009  (6 of 11)
 3207.6 In reply to 3207.3 Hi Ryan, yeah your current part cannot be capped because it is just a open surface fragment, it is not closed in any direction. In order for a shape to be automatically capped it has to have an edge that makes a closed planar loop which then can get sealed at the end. So for example something shaped like this: Can have caps applied to its ends to seal it into a solid. Your current model is more like the following: That only has a surface going 90 degrees instead of a full loop - it's not formed enough yet to be capped, you have to build more pieces and join them together before you can make a solid out of it. MoI doesn't really automatically know how to turn such an unfinished fragment into a solid, it's not clear enough for it to do it automatically, you have to build it out more and fill in more surfaces to define the structure some more. > If I take the rail line curve that I've drawn and draw two straight > lines (almost at a right angle to each other, connecting the two > ends of the current rail) that would close the rail in sort of a > rounded triangle shape, Well, maybe yes if your end result is intended to be something shaped like a partial rounded triangle shape... But you have the other half mirrored over to the other side, what is your intention for your final shape, is it supposed to be 2 separate rounded trianlge things or is this supposed to be one full shape that has a bridging connection between the halves? Maybe you will need to give a rough pencil sketch of what you are trying to accomplish overall, it's not at all clear to me what kind of overall final shape you are trying to build. - Michael Attachments:

 3207.7 In reply to 3207.6 Yes, I just mirrored what I had, eventually it will be joined together. Let me take what you've given me, and go back and mess with this some more.... I do appreciate the help!

 From: Michael Gibson 31 Dec 2009  (8 of 11)
 3207.8 In reply to 3207.7 Hi Ryan, so you need to keep on building more pieces before you'll have a solid. For example one way you could start to do that with what you currently have is to select 2 edges like this: And then run the Construct > Loft command to build a surface between them: If you repeat that on down the row there you will then gradually fill in more pieces there and you can then select those pieces and use Join to glue them together into a solid. But this is a somewhat more tedious way to build things in little fragments like this, things can go a lot more quickly if you build your initial curve structure to have longer curves so that larger pieces of your model are built more right from the beginning. Or because your shape here seems to have some repetition to it, building one segment as a solid and then duplicating it, then unioning those pieces together could be a good way to go. I'll see about posting an example for that... - Michael Attachments: