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Once you've converted the text to an outline, you could user object>path>offset path to add one or more offset versions (offset path will take positive and negative values) and then just chop the resulting paths up by deleting sections of them. It's a bit of work, but it will get you the effect that you are looking for. Alternatively, if you don't want to ...
Try the pst-3dplot package available for example in Texlive. Oh look, they've got what you want as an example right in the manual. If you want to have perspectivity, try pst-solides3d instead. Just in case you don't know how to handle this all by yourself, you can use this link to access one such example. The code is very easy to understand.
I was running into the same issue. I solved it by allowing all shapes to be loaded within the shapes. Right after that I was able to define my shape.
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