Symmetry Options Rollout
 
 
 
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Create or import an object. Modify panel Modifier List ProOptimizer modifier Symmetry Options rollout

The Symmetry options preserve an object’s symmetry around a plane that you specify.

When one of the Symmetry options is active, ProOptimizer looks for symmetrical pairs of edges. When it finds a symmetrical pair, it applies the same optimization on either side of the plane.

These options work best if the object is truly symmetrical; for example, if it was originally created by mirroring. If ProOptimizer cannot detect symmetry about the plane you specify, it optimizes the object as it normally does.

Points that lie on the plane itself are frozen (not optimized), because they are symmetrical by definition.

Some 3ds Max Design objects appear to be symmetrical but are not; for example, a surface of revolution created by the Lathe modifier. In this case, although the overall geometry is symmetrical, edges all have the same orientation in the direction of revolution, so when bisected by a plane, opposite edges face in opposite directions. In this case, ProOptimizer cannot detect symmetry, and optimizes according to the usual method.

ImportantThe controls on this rollout are not interactive. If you change a setting, the Status window on the Optimization Level rollout displays “Optimization Invalid,” and you must click Calculate once again to see the result of changing the option value.

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No Symmetry

(The default.) ProOptimizer does not attempt to make symmetrical optimizations.

XY Symmetry

ProOptimizer attempts to make optimizations symmetrical about the XY plane.

YZ Symmetry

ProOptimizer attempts to make optimizations symmetrical about the YZ plane.

XZ Symmetry

ProOptimizer attempts to make optimizations symmetrical about the XZ plane.

Tolerance

Specifies a tolerance value for detecting symmetrical edges. In some models, the position of symmetrical edges might not be precise; for example, roundoff error might have caused small discrepancies in position values. Increasing the Tolerance value can correct this problem. Default=0.0.