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

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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, 2011 at 17:33
  • Good tip with revolve options, I used it in my work, Thank You! Peace :)
    – user24221
    May 26, 2014 at 9:16

Make sure you select the correct edge. Each one will have a different outcome.


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