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I have a shape that approximates a curve with a few line segments. I'd like to make that higher resolution while maintaining the EXACT same curvature. The segments are different lengths, so if I just subdivide and push them out, I'll either be either eyeballing each one, or (if I select them all at once) they won't be moved out proportionally.

I'd like to take the guesswork out of it. I was thinking that I could have Blender connect the existing vertices with a curve, then convert that curve back into line segments, and finally replace the original ones with the new ones. Should I be writing a python script for this?

Note that the edge that I'm messing with is actually a complicated beveled edge across two meshes, but I'm hoping that a general solution to a simpler problem can be extended to the more complicated scenario.

Halfway done using AC's method So the above is me halfway through AC's method. I don't know if this is the most efficient way, but I selected the edges I wanted, used P to make them a new object, did the modifier on the new object, then joined it back with the original without moving it. I then connected the outlying vertices and so far so good.

Another glitch I noticed is that the vertices of the top and bottom of the bevel aren't aligned well. But, this is a problem in the source mesh and not appropriate to include in this question.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you add some illustrations/images of what you are talking about? $\endgroup$ – lemon Apr 3 '17 at 5:24
  • $\begingroup$ Sure can.. it'll take a few minutes $\endgroup$ – NightStrike Apr 4 '17 at 3:04
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You can apply a subdivision modifier to your mesh (You can also do that with a curve).

The Mesh, before the subdivision modifier

It will keep the same curvature.

The Mesh, after the subdivision modifier

You can also convert you mesh into a curve, change it the way you want, apply some subdivisions, and then reconvert that into a mesh.

Edit: You can increase the smooth value of the subdivision (on the left side, where you can set the number of subdivisions) or you can use the vertex smooth option in EditMode (on the same panel as before).

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  • $\begingroup$ Fantastic answer; this gave me exactly what I needed. I've been experimenting with the tool now for the past several hours. I only wish it had more choices -- for instance, whether to inscribe or circumscribe the starting vertices. But minor things aside, it's perfect. Thanks again for your fast and accurate response. $\endgroup$ – NightStrike Apr 4 '17 at 2:58

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