I have a very complicated series of loops that I built from a series of short joined DXF lines (See attached image. I then used lines2tubes (an extension) to give these loops some depth. I need to engrave these loops into the surface of a cylinder, however, the angles between the line segments I have get very complicated, so the shapes that i generate are never actually solids (they have a bunch of internal geometry from where the cylinders meet.) Is there a better way to go about etching these lines into the cylinder, or is there something else I need to be considering?
I could go about trying to rebuild and patch the bad geometry, however there are too many pieces for this to be reasonable. I also tried smoothing the DXF line before applying lines2tubes, but it moves my lines too far from where they need to be.
The endgame goal is to 3d print (or engrave these lines in an existing pipe stock) this piece, so that it can be used as a guide for wires, so that when we run a high current through them they generate a very specific magnetic field.