Broken Edge - Can it be restored ?

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 From:  kevjon
7182.1 
Hi

During the course of modelling with MoI and trying different tools to get the results I want (particularly with blends), I sometimes end up with broken edges on my trimmed surfaces.

Is there anyway to repair that broken edge so it is whole again ?

It would save me a lot of time if there is as I wouldn't have to remodel parts.
~Kevin~
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 From:  Michael Gibson
7182.2 In reply to 7182.1 
Hi Kevin - if the 2 edges are smooth where they touch each other they can be merged together by using the merge command. Select the 2 edges, then hit the tab key and type Merge and push enter, if they were smoothly touching with no other edges branching off of the juncture they will be merged together into one single new edge.

http://moi3d.com/3.0/docs/moi_command_reference10.htm#merge

- Michael
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 From:  kevjon
7182.3 In reply to 7182.2 
Thanks Michael

I didn't even know there was a merge command. I always thought people were talking about join when they said merge but join creates a new curve.

The merge command does exactly what I need, and will save me a lot of time in future, handy to know !
~Kevin~
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 From:  Michael Gibson
7182.4 In reply to 7182.3 
I have some concept about trying to make the join command do some optional combination of both joining and merging at the same time as well, but the down side about it is making the current join workflow take some more steps where you'd have to answer some additional command stage to say whether you wanted things merged or not...

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 From:  Mindset (IGNITER)
7182.5 
Does a short video tutorial for the Merge command exist?
Likely it is very simple, but I've never gotten any discernible result.

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 From:  Michael Gibson
7182.6 In reply to 7182.5 
Hi Mindset,

> Does a short video tutorial for the Merge command exist?

No, I'm not aware of any video tutorials specifically for Merge.


> Likely it is very simple, but I've never gotten any discernible result.

It will only work if you have fragmented edges that are touching each other smoothly.

I've attached an example file here, in this file the front top edge of the box is split into 2 pieces, here you can see one of the 2 pieces selected:



Select the other edge piece next to it so that those 2 fragmented edges are selected, then run the Merge command (push the Tab key to put focus in the XYZ control and then type Merge and push Enter is one way to run it, other way is to set up a keyboard shortcut).

After you have run Merge on it, try to select the edge again and you should see that there is only one big edge there now rather than multiple edges.

You can also select the whole object and run Merge, it will then try to merge as many smoothly touching edges as it can find.

- Michael

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