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Trying to do something like what's at the link below. but with text and other flat objects. Simple Deform bend is close but not what I'm looking for.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3045130

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    $\begingroup$ Do these text and other flat objects have enough geometry to be bent properly? You say, Simply Deform is close, can you provide a screenshot to show what you got? $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2021 at 3:58
  • $\begingroup$ so do you want this? [1]: i.stack.imgur.com/6MOOT.png $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jun 17, 2021 at 4:57

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First, add your text, rotate it so it's "upright". Convert it to a mesh, and notice in wireframe mode that the topology looks like garbage:

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Add a Decimate Modifier set to Planar to clean (most of it) up. Good enough for now. Apply the modifier.

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Enter edit mode and select the whole mesh. Select the Spin Tool from the bar on the left.

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Use one of the orthographic perspectives (Numpad 1 or Numpad 3) to get a perfect side view. Position your 3D Cursor directly below your text with Shift + Right Click (3D cursor acts as pivot point for Spin Tool by default).

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Click and hold down your mouse and start turning the mesh. You can hold Ctrl to make it step by increment.

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Inset all the front faces so you can shade smooth without artifacts.

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Voila

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EDIT - Sorry, I just re-read your question and saw you said 45 degrees and not 90. Here's a pic showing 45. I also added a material, a base and some ambient occlusion so it looks less like dental clay.

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Here it is with the text from your example image along with a simple material consisting of a Bumped Noise Texture (to give it that bumpy, 3D-printed look), and some Subsurface Scattering to make it look a bit like plastic.

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    $\begingroup$ Or, I guess, a Screw modifier for a non-destructive version? Same thing. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Jun 17, 2021 at 9:36
  • $\begingroup$ Actually he said 40 degrees, not 45 😉 But I would do it like that, too. Or add loop cuts if I already had geometry that I would like to keep, to get more geometry to work with. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2021 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah it's not quite 90 or 45 the example I showed somewhere in between but thanks for this. Spin tool was what I was looking for really. With that I can spin any object that is semi flat. Using this with 3d printing for table nameplates or plaques. So once I get the mesh I'm good to go. But you made it look like real. You guys always impress me. So much to know so little time. $\endgroup$
    – dstigue
    Jun 18, 2021 at 20:25
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As Gordon says, you need enough topology to be able to bend your font. What you can do is create your text, convert to mesh, extrude a bit, Shift to repeat the extrusion:

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Create an empty close to your object. Give your object a Simple Deform modifier on Bend mode, Angle > -90°, with the empty as Origin:

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Rotate the empty on X (use the Ctrl key to rotate 5° by 5°), move it until you have the correct shape:

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Right click on your object and Shade Smooth, in the Object Data panel > Normals, enable Auto Smooth:

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If you move the empty you can change the rotation center:

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  • $\begingroup$ This wasn't quite it but I really like this too. $\endgroup$
    – dstigue
    Jun 18, 2021 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ hello, what do you mean? you can do exactly what you wanted with this method but Christopher's is probably faster ;) $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Jun 18, 2021 at 19:06

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