Using Geometry Merging to Verify Geometry

Geometry merging is often used to verify the correctness of an assembly of volumes. For example, groups of unmerged surfaces can be used to verify the outer shell of the assembly (see Examining Merged Entities.) There is other information that comes from the Merge all command that is useful for verifying geometry.

In typical geometric models, vertices and curves which get merged will usually be part of surfaces containing them which get merged. So, if a Merge all command is used and the command reports that vertices and curves have been merged, this is usually an indication of a problem with geometry. In particular, it is often a sign that there are overlapping bodies in the model. The second most common problem indicated by merging curves and vertices is that the merge tolerance is set too high for a given model. In any event, merged vertices and curves should be examined closely.