Profile Rails Extruder

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Profile Rail Extruder


This addon is meant to extrude a flat face drawing into 3d space.

The extrusion is guided by a rail. This rail can go in any direction.

The extruded shape is not changed by the direction unlike bevel from a curve, the normal blender way to make an extrusion.

Left is an extrusion with ‘Profile Rail Extruder’, right is with the usual Blender way to extrude along a curve. The right extrusion is ‘tapered’.


       


Profile Rail Extrude                         Blender curve Bevel



 


With this addon it is also easy to position the shapes exactly where you want them.


Installation:


Download the addon and in the preference menu  select  install.

Go to the folder where the file is downloaded and pick the file.



When the addon is installed you can find it in the side panel in the edit menu.



  


The buttons can only be pressed in ‘Edit Mode’.


Making a Rail:


Be aware:

Before you make the rail you have to apply the scale and rotation of the object that you use for the rail.

Also the object you use to make the profile from , the rotation en scale (in object mode) has to be applied.





Select in ‘edit mode’ connected edges from an existing mesh or draw  new edges.

The edges can form but never more than 2 edges should meet.


In the picture you can see a right selection.


When the section is made press; ‘Make Rail’.





The rail is made and stored in memory. There is a new ‘rail object’ created.

This rail object is not the real rail, the rail only exists in memory.

When you make changes to the rail you can press 'Make rail' again to refresh.

Now you can draw or select a shape that has to be extruded.

See the video for more information.









When the profile is selected  press; ‘ Select profile’.

The profile is placed at the beginning of the rail(vertex 0), it can be moved or turned to get it to the right position. Now press ‘Extrude Profile’.






The profile is extruded.  If you want to connect begin and end, select the begin face and the and face and bridge edges ( Alt Y)


8-12-2021 - added profile_extrude_2b.zip






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Published about 2 months ago
Software Version 2.93
License GPL
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