Updated: Jul 15, 2021
You can now extrude lines in the solid workspace.
Prior to the recent update, in order to turn a 2D sketch into a 3D model in the solid workspace, you first needed to make sure you had closed profiles.
Let’s say for example that you wanted to create something like this.
You would first need to make sure that the surface you’re trying to extrude is completely surrounded by sketch lines, giving you closed profiles of each section. This section could then be highlighted blue when you select it letting you know that it is a closed profile ready to be extruded. Your sketch would look something like this:
However, things are now much simpler.
No need for extra sketch lines and repeated use of the offset tool to create closed sketch profiles.
Simply create the outline of what you want and use the new and improved Extrude tool to create 3D bodies from 2D lines.
For example if we take our example above. We would now simply create this sketch.
Now we grab our Extrude tool, select Thin Extrude, and select our sketch lines and Voila!
We have our 3D shape without all the hassle.
So much easier and a lot faster!
Give it a try. You’ll love the simplicity.
Check out the video tutorial above where I walk you through the new feature and show you another practical example.
Enjoy the update to the Extrude tool and I’ll talk to you soon!
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