Bevelled Extrude

by Mark Kingsnorth in Scripts and Addons

Create extrusion effects that have configurable bevel effects on the base, corners and tops.

Good for creating smooth recesses or protrusions:


If you have a new feature suggestion or feedback on the add-on feel free to contact me through this website, visit www.markkingsnorth.com, or contact me through Twitter @markkingsnorth.

Updates

Version 1.1.0

Interactive Mode

I have now added an interactive mode to Bevelled Extrude, which is an additional option to the standard extrusion where you can now use the mouse to move the extrusion in or out:

Keyboard shortcut and Menu locations

You can access the option in several ways.  I have attached the Interactive mode to the comma (,) keyboard shortcut, and I have also added both options to the Mesh -> Extrusion sub-menu, accessible by pressing Alt-E. This was based on a user's suggestion (Thanks Yury):

Here is a short video explaining the update:

As this is a new feature, if you have any questions or issues with it do get in touch via Blender Market, my website or on Twitter.

Installation

The add-on can either be installed through the Blender UI or by unzipping the file into your add-ons directory.

Blender UI

  1. Go to File -> User Preferences.
  2. Select the Add-ons tab at the top.
  3. Select the Install Add-on from File... button along the bottom.
  4. A file dialogue will pop up. Navigate to the file location where you downloaded the .zip file and double click it.
  5. Search for the add-on by typing "Bevelled" in the search box if it does not already appear. Make sure the checkbox next to the Add-on (Mesh: Bevelled Extrude) is ticked.
  6. Click the Save User Settings button to make sure the add-on is installed next time you open Blender.
  7. Close the User Preferences dialog box and enjoy!

Manual installation

  1. Close Blender.
  2. Unzip the contents of the  .zip fine into your scripts/addons directory.
  3. The bevelled-extrude folder should be created within this directory.
  4. Re-open Blender.
  5. Go to File-> User Preferences.
  6. Select the Add-ons tab at the top.
  7. Search for the add-on by typing "Bevelled" in the search box if it does not already appear. Make sure the checkbox next to the Add-on (Mesh: Bevelled Extrude) is ticked.
  8. Click the Save User Settings button to make sure the add-on is installed next time you open Blender.
  9. Close the User Preferences dialog box and enjoy!

Use

In face edit mode, first select the faces you wish to add a bevelled extrude to. 

There are two modes for you to choose:

  1. Bevelled Extrude: Execute the Operator just by manually changing the paramters.
  2. Bevelled Extrude (Interactive): Control the initial extrusion via the mouse, and change the parameters after.  The parameters will then be remembered next time you use the operation (apart from the height which will be reset).

To access these options, either:

  • Navigate to Mesh -> Extrude in the Object menu of the 3D viewport. Both Bevelled and Bevelled (Interactive) will be available as options.  This Extrude sub-menu is also accessible by pressing Alt-E.
  • Press the comma (,) key to execute the Bevelled Extrude (Interactive) mode automatically.
  • Press Space and start typing "Bevelled Extrude" and the menu options will appear.

The configurable parameters should then appear as a panel in the Blender toolbar. Try pressing t if it does not appear.

Below is an outline on how the add-on works and then a more detailed list of all the configurable options.

How it works

The add-on extrudes the faces and then applies bevels at different parts of the extrusion:

  • Base: The surrounding base edges of the extrusion.
  • Corners: Each 'corner' of the selected faces can be bevelled. A corner is defined as when two edges share a face.
  • Top: The surrounding top edges of the extrusion.

The options for controlling this is described below:

Parameters

A screenshot of the menu options:

The options are as follows:

Extrusion

This allows you to control the extrusion (in or out) of the selected faces:

  • Amount: How much the faces are extruded by.  Can be negative or positive.
  • Taper: This allows you to reduce the thickness of the extrusion.


Bevels

These control the amount of bevels individually for the Base, Corner, and Top.

Bevel Segments

This controls the number of segments on the Base, Corner, Top, and Sides of the extrusion:

Bevel Profiles

As per the standard Bevel Documentation: This is a number between 0 and 1 that controls the shape of the profile (side view of a beveled edge). The default value, 0.5, gives a circular arc (if the faces meet at right angles). Values less than that give a flatter profile, with 0.25 being exactly flat, and values less than that giving a concave bevel. Values more than 0.5 give a more convex profile.

Bevel Type

Selects how the Amount values controls the size of the bevel. See the Bevel Documentation for the different options.

Any Questions?

If you have any issues or questions, don't hesitate to contact me through this website, on Twitter, or through my website.

When I enter edit mode I do cannot see the menu option for Bevelled Extrude. What's wrong?

Make sure you are in Face Edit Mode. As the Operator works on faces, the option is only available in that mode.

I have a new feature suggestion or issue with the add-on. How do I contact you?

I would welcome you contacting me through this website, visiting www.markkingsnorth.com, or through Twitter.

Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 5 from 6 ratings by the community.

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    elis65 4 days ago

    Very useful! Thank you!

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      Mark Kingsnorth 3 days ago

      No problem, thanks for the rating as well!

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    plrang 4 days ago

    FANTASTIC, my new model came out faster than light

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      Mark Kingsnorth 4 days ago

      Brilliant! It used to take me ages to do this sort of thing, it really bugged me.

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    peterhilgers 6 days ago

    Really very usefull and reasonable price!

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    sigurd 16 days ago

    I really appreciate this product. It performs as advertised and I cannot wait to use this on my next project.

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      Mark Kingsnorth 4 days ago

      Thanks let me know how you get on with the next project :)

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    dct9000 17 days ago

    This is a get-it-done add on. Simple to use, saves a ton of time, does just what it said it would do.

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      Mark Kingsnorth 4 days ago

      Good to hear - hope the new interactive mode will be useful to you.

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    Rikatty 19 days ago

    I love this tool so much.
    It's so useful and convenient.
    It's the time saver.
    Thank you, Mark.
    Good work.

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      Mark Kingsnorth 17 days ago

      Thanks so much for the review! Glad it has saved you time.

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