Converts objects to 3D surfaces.

Access Methods


 Ribbon:  Home tabSolid Editing panelConvert to SurfaceNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Menu: Modify3D OperationsConvert to SurfaceNot available in menus in the current workspace.
 Command entry: convtosurface


As you convert objects to solid objects, you can specify whether the resulting object is smooth or faceted.

The smoothness and number of faces of the resulting surface are controlled by the SMOOTHMESHCONVERT system variable. Whereas the previous example shows a conversion to a smooth, optimized surface, the following example shows a conversion to a faceted surface in which the faces are not merged, or optimized.

With the CONVTOSURFACE command, you can convert the following objects into surfaces:

Objects That Can Be Converted to 3D Surfaces

2D solids
Open, zero-width polylines with thickness
Lines with thickness
Arcs with thickness
Mesh objects
Planar 3D faces

objects converted to surfaces

You can select the objects to convert before you start the command.

NoteYou can create surfaces from 3D solids with curved faces, such as a cylinder, with the EXPLODE command.

The DELOBJ system variable controls whether the geometry used to create 3D objects is automatically deleted when the new object is created or whether you are prompted to delete the objects.

List of Prompts

The following prompt is displayed.

Select objects

Specifies one or more objects to convert to surfaces.

If one or more objects in the selection set are invalid for the command, you will be prompted again to select objects.