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Chapter 10. Compound Objects > Creating Boolean Objects

Creating Boolean Objects

Boolean algebra was invented by British mathematician George Boole for combining and manipulating sets of mathematical symbols. In 3D graphics, Boolean operations are applied to sets of mesh faces, or sets of spline segments. This chapter covers Boolean operations for mesh objects. For spline Booleans, see Chapter 9, Editing Shapes.

3D Boolean operations use additive and subtractive techniques, just like in traditional sculpture. In sculpture, you add to a form by applying mass, and subtract from a form by carving away mass. In Boolean operations, you add and subtract mass by combining objects.


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