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3.6.14. Thickening

Sheet solids (bodies) can be thickened into three dimensions. You access the thicken command on the Structure ribbon in the Entity Modification group by clicking the Modify Solids button and then choosing Thicken Sheet from the drop-down menu.

You can control the direction in which the sheet is thickened. Unlike an extrusion where the operation is performed in a single direction, the thickening operation is everywhere normal to the surface. To illustrate, the following sequence of images shows the pre-thickened solid, post-thickened solid (Both Directions = true) and an overlay of the two.

An extruded version of this would look different:

More complex bodies can be thickened including those with sharp bends. The following sequence of images shows the pre-thickened solid, post-thickened solid (Both Directions = true) and an overlay of the two.

For further details, please see the reference on sheet thickening.

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