Path Extrusion Object
Default Shortcut: None
Menu Path: Create > Path Extrusion Object
The Path Extrusion Object command works much like the Extrusion Object command, except that the extrusion is performed along a path of your choosing. A path is represented by a set of edges with no faces attached. Each edge represents one extrusion segment. The options dialog allows you to change the way the extrusion behaves.
To perform a path extrusion, position a polygon or line segment object so that it lines up as a cross-section of the path you want to extrude it along. Select the cross-section, and then add the path to the selection (do this by holding Shift while clicking in the default setup, so both cross-section and the path are selected), then call the Path Extrusion Object command.
- The amount in degrees that the extrusion will be rotated by the end of the path.
- The amount that the extrusion will be scaled by the end of the path.
- If this option is enabled, the extrusion will be filled at the ends to create a closed shape.
- The Edge Tool provides an easy way to create a path for your extrusion.
- Path Extrusion Object works on 3-dimensional objects but may have undesired results - you will usually want to use relatively flat non-closed shapes, such as polygons, line segments, or grids.
- If the path is subdivided, the extrusion will follow the subdivided shape. (See Subdivide.)