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I have been trying to use a combination of bevel object and the screw modifier and I keep getting all kinds of interesting shapes but none are what I need. I'm sure there is an easier way than just randomly adjusting parameters. Below is the best I've been able to do and that's after 45 minutes of fiddling about.

slide attempt

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Creating a slide is a rather simple process. You can easily create a slide using two modifiers. Here is how its done.

1. Create a curve to use as your path:

  • add a bezier curve and modifiy it

2. Create a cross-sectional of the slide:

  • Use a polygon mesh instead of a curve object:
    • curves when convertedto polygons are messy and you will need to do some manual clean up
    • you have easy control over the polygon count
  • Make sure the cross-sectional has some depth to it, it should be a 3d mesh not a 2d outline or plane. enter image description here

3. Add Array and Curve modifeirs:

  • Select the cross sectional mesh and add an Array and Curve modifier

  • Array modifier settings:

    • Fit Type: Fit Curve, this will fill the path out for us automatically
    • Merge: True, erases inside polygons

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  • Curve modifier settings:

    • Object: select the curve

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4. Fix the slide:

  • Based the curve the slide can oriented in the wrong way.

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  • Select the curve and go into edit mode.

  • Select the points of the curve that are messed up.

  • Adjust the tilt using Ctrl+T

    enter image description here

The blend file:

PasteAll.org

SendSpace.com

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That explains a lot. Worked perfectly. Thank you for the quick response. I can now move on with my life –  askinner432 Feb 14 at 16:21
    
In your example with the check mark, there should not be internal faces in the cross-sectional of the slide. –  David Apr 17 at 16:16

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