I'm new with Blender and this seems like a simple thing but I haven't been able to find the answer.
The only way I've been able to find to get smooth edges while retaining flat faces is to add extra edge loops as in the first answer to the question posted here: How to keep flat faces flat when using smooth shading
However, manually adding extra edge loops all over the place just to get smooth edges is not an option for my workflows. I need an entirely automatic way to get smooth edges of a certain thickness, similar to how it's possible to get beveled edges of a certain thickness automatically with the bevels modifier.
- The "Auto Smooth" setting in the Normals section of the Data pane for the object won't help here. It too will either smooth both edges and faces, or neither, depending on which angle is used.
- Subdivision surface modifier doesn't work. It requires adding edge loops to control the width/size of the smooth edges so is not automatic.
- The Smooth modifier doesn't work. This modifies the vertex positions rather than splitting the edges similar to bevels.
- This is for use in a game, so any solution that produces results with lots of triangles won't work (like just using bevels with a high segment count). I basically need the same geometry as Bevels produce, just with normals that make the bevels smooth while retaining the faces flat.
Is this possible in Blender?
What should this look like: