Area / volume calculation question


(Courtney Reckord) #1

hi folks!
This seems like a basic question but I have searched and haven’t found the answer. I wonder if I calculate the area or volume of an object if it is just calculating the object itself or the area inside the object if it is a hollow object? If It is just calculating the volume of the object itself is there a way to calculate the volume inside the object? Thanks!


#2

Assuming your object is made from single faces then it will be the volume of the interior as the wall has no thickness.

If your object has a wall thickness or internal detail then you’ll have to subtract one from the other or remove the outer faces to leave you with a solid/volume of the internal structure (I think - I don’t think there’s a way to sub select anything)

Andy


(Pascal Golay) #3

Hi Courtney - Area considers the area of one side of the surfaces in the object - no different, for a box, let’s say, if you were to lay all six faces of the box out flat and measured the total area. Volume considers the enclosed volume - that is, surfaces themselves have no thickness, so volume only counts if all the surfaces completely enclose a volume - a sphere or a box both have volume, but a box with one side missing does not… Dunno if that helps at all…

-Pascal


(Courtney Reckord) #4

Thanks Pascal!

Courtney Reckord
Artist, creativity coach
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