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    Creating tenticles / Pipe...

    Hey Guys, just wondering whats the best way to go about creating a tenticle or pipe? is there a way to get a cylinder to follow the path of a spline? if so? how do i go about doing this..

    cheers....

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    Rail Extrude is what you may need :
    http://www.meshweaver.com/frames/tut...ailextrude.htm

    imho this is the best method, but you may also want to give Magic Bevel a try which allows to draw the tentacles/pipes with the mouse

    Hope that helps

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    thanks, that link was good, can use the rail extrude now, but is there a way so that it tapers to get a thick to thin pipe? or do i need to use another tool?

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    In this case, use MagicBevel in spline mode (open the numeric panel 'n' so you can see all the options)

    This tool requires a little practicing, but once you get how it works, it's really efficient

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    cheers,

    thanks heaps for that.....

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    You can use rail extrude, extrude, etc to create the tentacle, To taper it use the taper tool.

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    The rail extrude tool can use additional rails to determine the taper as well.
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    Hey Silk, thank you for this information, I didn't know that ! I just tried and works like a charm - With multiple splines in the background layer, RailExtrude enters in 'Multiple' mode, which activates the tapering

    Learning new tips everyday !

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    Your welcome...
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    I like using Bezier Bridge. It's free, works great, and is interactive. You can click in the window to add beziers. You can combine shapes. Start with a flat square and extrude to a circle. I love it. There are a lot of very useful plugins at artssphere.com.

    Bezier Bridge
    http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/bezierbridge.php

    Hope this helps.

    Cyatic

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    thanks cyatic. The extude+ is a bit flaky (never got to finishing it), but it also can do tapering and a few other things that actually may be useful for tentacles.

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