Hard body objects and soft normal issues
here is a pull up bar that I am modeling. I have been attatching the parts together, with a slight bump, to simulate the weld points.
The problem I have is that the surface no longer appears smooth. Where the lines are, there are new edge loops (to allow me to join the objects) but they are all still completely planar, so the surface is still completely flat. I have tried unlocking, averaging and then smoothing the normals but no luck. I'm sure I've seen this discussed and solved before and it must be a common problem - can anyone help?