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JHU
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Username: Jhu

Post Number: 6
Registered: 09-2010
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello Support,

Working on a project a problem happens when I import an illustrator ai-file and, obviously, I don't know what to do.

The problem:
Having made a bezier-curve (a closed shape) in Illustrator and saving it as Illustrator 3-file, I then import it in FormZ. Normally, I get a shape with a surface, so when I extrude a solid forms. Now, I get a Spline Curve with no surface. If I extrude a hollow shape forms. And I need a solid one ... so what do I do wrong ?

Attached are screendumps to illustrate the question. Thanks in advance.

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robert smith
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Username: Bob

Post Number: 954
Registered: 03-2002


Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 - 08:58 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Use the Close or Cover tool before extruding
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JHU
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Username: Jhu

Post Number: 7
Registered: 09-2010
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 07:48 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Yes, that did the trick. Thank you! But could you explain why this happened, because I often use Illustrator-beziers as templates for FormZ, but never had this problem before?
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support@formZ.com
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Username: Tech

Post Number: 18281
Registered: 04-2001


Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 - 09:02 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Jhu,

If the shape is not closed, then it would be expected that you would need to close it (with the line editing tools) in order to extrude it into a solid. However, if it is closed -- as in your case, then it should not be necessary to cover it. We will see if this can be adjusted for the future. :-)
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Ken Ring
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Username: Znewb

Post Number: 24
Registered: 06-2012
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi Jhu,

Illustrator can be tricky, in that it will allow you to "fill" a shape that is not completely closed.This gives the illusion the shape is closed even when it is not.

Back in the day, I used Macromedia Freehand and you could always tell when a shape was not "closed" because it would not let you fill it with a color.