View Full Version : Rail Extrude with curves, straight lines, and sharp corners?

05-08-2014, 07:44 PM
I need to build a rather complex wire structure.

For the curvy parts I like the Spline Draw tool, but I also need some straight lines that transition smoothly into the curves, without a little hump pushing out the opposite direction of my curve.

Bezier works better for that, and corners, but it is much more of a pain to use in the curves. Plus, when you go do the Rail Extrude, and you Shift-Z the sections of the Bezier into one rail, it jacks the corners.

Any good tips or tutorials on work flow for complex rail extrudes?

05-08-2014, 09:44 PM
px bezier has a lot of control to create sharper corners and different divisions on the segments...using both smooth corner handles or sharp.


05-08-2014, 09:49 PM
you can use curves,lines,tube, extrude or extend, you can also save out the paths and reload back again.



05-09-2014, 01:17 AM
For a wire structure I would not use extrude, I would use the "negative line thickness" technique.

05-12-2014, 05:57 PM
Thanks guys.

That px bexier looks pretty handy!

I forgot about the -negative line approach, that would probably work pretty good, except at some points we have to boolean and do a cross section.

"Bezier, bezier mucho!"