Problem: I'm trying to make a flexible tube follow a path I've made with the Path tool (Add > Curve > Path) but even though I've followed a variety of tutorials I can't figure out why my curve just won't allow a tube to follow it.
What I need it to do: I need to control the movement of the tube down the path, stopping at various points for single renders and animating the full movement at the end. The path must pass exactly down the middle of the tube. Please note that this path is located in the middle of a larger object that isn't shown, hence why it is located high above the grid.
The following image shows the path:
The following image shows the tube in mesh mode:
My current approach: I created the tube by adding a cylinder and adding a series of loop cuts to make it flex when required. I initially tried adding an Array modifier followed by a Curve modifier, and then tried just the curve modifier on its own. But no matter which axis I choose the tube becomes grossly distorted. The closest I can get it is the X-Axis, but even this is not correct, I assume because the path isn't located exactly on any of the axes.
I tried the Follow Path tool, but this also failed. I also tried a Bezier Curve instead of a Path, but no luck. The tube just becomes grossly distorted on all axes.
Your help would be greatly appreciated. I am a newbie, so please be gentle.