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


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

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

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