The Extract command is used to subdivide and extract curves from database shell entities to make them easier to use. Many shell entities only contain shape information. They do not have any internal topology to attach grid to specific locations. Using Extract, you can create curves at natural breaks in the geometry and subdivide shells into small pieces along these feature lines.
Select shell(s) to be extracted, then Edit, Extract. Specify the Split Angle, if different than the default 45.0 degrees. Specify whether curves and/or shells are extracted in the Extract frame. If necessary, modify the shell selection in the Selection frame. Click Extract to perform a feature extraction.
As seen in the figure above, the thick yellow lines shown in the Display window indicate the boundaries of the candidate shells resulting from the extract operation. The object counts of Selected Shells, Extracted Shells, and Extracted Curves will be updated accordingly in the table at the top of the panel.
If the extraction is not satisfactory, change the extraction settings, then click Extract again. Click OK to save the new shells and/or curves, or click Apply to save your changes and continue extracting curves and/or shells. Otherwise, click Cancel to exit the Extract panel without saving any changes.
The Split Angle command controls the extraction process. Database shell entities are composed of triangular facets. If the bend angle between two adjacent triangle facets is greater than the entered Split Angle, the edge they share is considered a candidate feature for curve/surface extraction.
To change the Split Angle, type in a new value (0-180) in the Split Angle text field. Selecting Extract again will redo the extraction with the new Split Angle.
The Extract frame is used to specify whether a candidate feature will be extracted as a curve, shell, or both.
The controls in the Selection frame let you choose precisely which shell entities to extract.