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    Thickness of the "cardboard sheet"

    Hi guys! After years of lightwave-ing and following this forum, my first (at least I think so) question. So, my LW usage is rather simple - mainly for visualisations of products: a simple object (plastic bottle, yoghurt cups etc... like here: https://www.facebook.com/vojko.pleve...2201331&type=3 ). My modeling skills are rather limited, since I never need to learn new skills, or I just can't find the time/will for that). Lately I have encountered a problem, that I just can't find a simple solution to. It's a cardboard box for multipack of a few cups/bottles of a dairy product. The client provides me the files of the designed packaging. Sometimes these multipack boxes are full of details - and I find it easiest to export the cut-out to .eps, import it to modeler and modify it so it's not too complex. Then I apply a UV texture of design and fold it. The problem is (well, it's more of the desire to learn) that this folded box has no thickness. Which way should I go to with my exploration? How do you solve this kind of problems?Click image for larger version. 

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    The keywords to seek in the program (CTRL-space in LW2019) would be thicken, extrude, extend...

    https://docs.lightwave3d.com/lw2019/...extend/thicken

    https://www.lightwave3d.com/assets/p...tains/thicken/
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    Thanks! I'm still on 2018, but it's the same... so simple! And it works like a charm!

    I was a bit worried, because this geometry tends to get messy, but no problem so far!
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    Thicken is pretty robust. It can handle pretty much any geometry you throw at it in my experience. Just make sure to pick the right mode for your needs: normal or contour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypersuperduper View Post
    Thicken is pretty robust. It can handle pretty much any geometry you throw at it in my experience.
    That has been my experience as well. IMO it is the best of the Syncmesh tools that were added in v.11.
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    Yes thicken tool on that flat thing (before folding but after UV preferably) is the way to go. I've did lot of packaging and cardboard models that way and they all are thickened.
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