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I'm trying to create a 3D extrude of an ABS pipe elbow like this:

Example image

Large image.

Although it can be solid, isn't necessary for a hollow pipe.

I created a doughnut from two ellipses (one deleted from the other), then took a quarter of that ellipse (the elbow) and extruded--it looks similar, but it's edges are straight not rounded. I realize I could just create the same look with the pen and mesh gradients, but I'm going to be using the pipe elbow numerous times and at different angles, so I figure this is the quickest way to a reusable object.

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This is actually easier than you think :)

Start with a circle shape, then go to 3D -> Revolve.

I love donut

Turn on preview checkbox, play with the options. You'd start with a full donut first. Adjust the Angle amount. you can also play with the Offset.

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Very nice. I was playing around with Revolve, but I swear my object didn't look like this! I'll have to go back. Thank you for the quality print-screen answer. –  Graham T Jun 27 '11 at 17:33
    
Good tip with revolve options, I used it in my work, Thank You! Peace :) –  Idrawpipe May 26 at 9:16

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