Illustrator 3D Extrude Pipe Elbow


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.

10/17/2012 4:36:00 PM

Accepted Answer

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.

6/27/2011 5:28:00 PM