I have a complex mesh with only vertices and edges that I want to solidify.

The problem is I just want to solidify edges (not any faces) to have some kind of fat wireframe model (i.e. just every edges being cylinders). Not a classic solidify.

How can I achieve that?

Here is my mesh: Solidify Edges


You could use the Skin Modifier. After adding it to the object, it might appear fat and blobby, so to adjust the thickness you can Tab into Edit mode and use CtrlA to affect the thickness.

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Another way is to just fill in the faces of your model and make use of the Wireframe modifier.

  • $\begingroup$ How do you add a skin modifier in Blender 2.8? Both of the links you posted are dead. $\endgroup$ – Aaron Franke Jan 12 at 6:25
  • $\begingroup$ @AaronFranke updated the link. See docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/modeling/modifiers/… $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jan 12 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ I tried the skin modifier to an object with only 448 edges (64 selected), but the Ctrl+A scaling was unusably slow. Can't I type a value instead of dragging the mouse to set the thickness? $\endgroup$ – Damn Vegetables Jan 20 at 23:58

Beveling a Curve

Another way you can achieve your goal is to convert your Mesh composed of edges and vetices into a Curve. Then you could add a Bevel to the Curve and have your result. Here are the steps:

  1. Select your wireframe mesh
  2. Convert the mesh to a curve by either of these methods:

    • ALTC -> Curve from Mesh/Text
    • 3D Viewport Header -> Object -> Convert To -> Curve from Mesh/Text

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  3. Next, since you said you want to have every edge be a cylinder, you should Add a circle curve: SHIFTA -> Curve -> Circle

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  4. Now select your wireframe and in the Object Properties window, click on the Curve tab, scroll down to the Geometry section and set Bevel Object to the circle you added in step 3 -- this circle will then define the shape of the edges:

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  5. Now adjust the size of the circle curve so your mesh looks the way you want it to:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the nice post. It may be useful once. But the problem is it's hard to rework on it afterward. $\endgroup$ – Binary Brain Apr 3 '14 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, also, if you zoom in on the corners, I noticed the cylinders of the edges don't join together like they do with the Skin Modifier or the Wireframe Modifier. $\endgroup$ – Thom Blair III Apr 3 '14 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, Binary, you can edit the mesh again, but I guess you do have to keep converting from curve to mesh in order to edit it easily. $\endgroup$ – Thom Blair III Apr 3 '14 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ @BinaryBrain Yes, now I see what you mean about hard to edit. Oh well. $\endgroup$ – Thom Blair III Apr 3 '14 at 18:08
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, modifiers are a lot more user-friendly for that. $\endgroup$ – Binary Brain Apr 3 '14 at 18:44

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