Decrease triangles and or detail not needed


#1

Sketchup has “Add detail” and I have extensions that increase the number of triangles to work on detail and smooth things out but is there something that decreases triangles? I download STL files that are insanely complicated with triangles making the file size large and it takes a long time to print. It would be nice to select an entire object or area and have it create less detail. Thanks.


#2

run the stl through MeshLab first using a ‘simplify’ filter…

there are many tutorials on the web…

john


#3

Thanks John. I am disappointed that I have to go to an entirely different program to do one command. It seems only intuitive that if you have a command in Sketchup that increases mesh, then you would have another command that decreases mesh. Sigh.


#4

There are plugins for mesh reduction (e.g. Artisan), but if you fail to import an STL because of its complexity, a simplification inside SketchUp wouldn’t work …


#5

John: After looking into Meshlab and reviewing the tutorials I found it to be way more complicated than what I needed although I can see its appeal. I came across Meshmixer and that seems to be more geared to more novice users with an interface that I can understand better. Thanks.


#6

Cotty: I have Artisan but didn’t see the mesh reducer. I only saw the mesh increase. If you can describe where it is I would appreciate it. It is a great program but the tutorials are incredibly old and so I find the learning curve to be difficult. Thanks.


#7

Could it be hiding in plan sight as Polygon Reducer.


#8

I hate myself.


#9

Box : With the brush mirror plane “on” this Reduce Polygons doesn’t translate for the other half. Any help with that would be appreciated.