I want to extrude a profile (either a mesh or a curve) along a "guide" curve such that:
- Its local Z axis is and remains parallel to the global Z axis at every point of the extrusion
- Its X axis must always intersect the center axis, parallel to the global Z axis
- The rotation of the profile matches that of the guide-curve, which may be non-linear
What are my options? I am looking for an automatic way of doing it, i.e. not by a vertex-by-vertex manipulation. Should the only way possible be via python programming and you can englight me, please do so!
Perhaps you might wonder why I would want such particular restrictions, so you might find it useful to know what I am trying to do. I am trying to model a vertical wind turbine (VAWT), such as the one in this picture:
I am modeling one of the blades. Note that the blades' profiles remain perpendicular to the radius of the turbine at all times (see top view), and also remain parallel to the horizontal plane (see side view).
Well I had not thought it necessary to show exactly what I was trying to model. I thought that the sample image of a VAWT would suffice to have blenders out here provide the right answer to my question. However, to quit puzzling readers, here I post an animation of the paths I want the blade profiles to follow: