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Old 02 February 2013   #1
re-connecting points on polygon

I was cleaning up the surface of a polygon "melting" a bunch of unnecessary edges that had been created when modeling it with booleans. I accidentally "melted" a couple edges that are however needed. How can I recreate these edges?
I have tried "weld", "connect", "bridge", I have tried the "knife" tool... I can't figure out how to re-connect these two points on the polygon and re-create the missing edge. I have included a screenshot.
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Old 02 February 2013   #2
Bridge tool! Be in edge mode. Click on one side of the missing poly, then drag your mouse over to the other side. Release mouse button! The End!
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Old 02 February 2013   #3
Ok that looks like one step forward, but seems like something still isn't right though...
I tried like you said, even though there isn't really a missing polygon face, there's just a missing edge...
Well I tried to "bridge" while in edge mode, and an edge did appear connecting the points, but the polygon face still seems to be the same face as the top area, in fact it still highlights together with the larger top face when in polygon mode and using the selection tool.
I have a hunch that it's creating one face on top of the other, because when I hover over the top face, it highlights both faces, but when I hover directly over the smaller face, it highlights only the smaller face. So I think we're now dealing with two polygon faces, one on top of the other...
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Old 02 February 2013   #4
Delete the poly(s) and do the Bridge in point or edge mode again. Then check that all the normals are pointing the same way.
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Old 02 February 2013   #5
Sounds like that could be complicated? Because the larger top face is sculpted by many booleans... Is it not possible to somehow cut that smaller face with the knife tool, delete only that smaller face, and bridge only that one? I can't seem to be able to cut it for some reason...
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Old 02 February 2013   #6
you can only cut what is selected, but maybe that was only for clarity.
Turn on show n-gons maybe that will give a clue what goes on.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #7
Yeah I did have the face selected in polygon mode when I was trying to cut...

Anyways in the end I took a few steps back, went back to cleaning up the surface from the start trying to be more careful to avoid melting the wrong edges. I wish the modeling tools in Cinema 4D were a bit better though... I've been reading in some forums that other programs like MoI or Rhino have much better and cleaner modeling...
 
Old 02 February 2013   #8
Ah you were using booleans, sorry missed that part. I try to avoid booleans to the end, they seem to like screwing up the mesh in most imaginary ways.

Good luck poly modeling in MoI/Rhino :P
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Old 02 February 2013   #9
Select the two points you want connected and use the Connect Points/Edges command.
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Old 02 February 2013   #10
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