I am trying to make some custom chess pieces.

I am just trying to engrave some images onto the chess piece but when I use the boolean difference modifier, the piece goes crazy and doesn't really engrave it properly.

It seems to cut out faces weirdly and I also have to align the pieces up a certain way, or it won't even apply the modifier at all.

I am trying to figure out how to attach the blend file, but I can't find the button.

Any help with this would be great please!! Complete blender newbie here :(

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks,think I finally got the upload working now :) $\endgroup$
    – Kitkat
    Feb 7, 2019 at 9:29
  • $\begingroup$ The appropriate method will depend a bit on what your final use of the model will be (to make images, to 3D print...) .. so perhaps you could edit your question to include that? $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Feb 7, 2019 at 10:16

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You have some problems because you need to clean up a bit your meshes:

  • Select your symbol object, go in Edit mode, select all and W > Remove Doubles.
  • Also press X > Limited Dissolve.
  • Select your cylinder, go in Edit mode, select all and W > Remove Doubles.
  • Give your cylinder a Boolean modifier, choose Operation > Difference, and select your symbol as Object.
  • It works (well, it will need a bit of topology work)

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ I should really get over my Boolean allergy :D $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Feb 7, 2019 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ I've learnt how to appreciate it ;) $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Feb 7, 2019 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ you should check the amazing Speedflow addon, unfortunately it's not free but it makes hardsurface works really fun. $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Feb 7, 2019 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thx for reminding me .. I haven't tried it yet, your recommendation gives me more confidence.. by the look of it, Lepiller deserves every penny. I wouldn't have thought that adds up to much per hour.. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Feb 7, 2019 at 11:11

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