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How do I use the Extrude Object edit tool to turn a Face object into a 3D solid?
The Extrude Object edit tool can be useful for creating a solid object instantly from a 2-dimensional face object. In this example, we will create a basalt column, as shown in the fountain image above.
Faces are two-sided, can display in 3D views and be used to create custom Solid objects. For the purposes of this example, we will start by drawing a face in the 2D floor plan view, however, faces can also be drawn in Cross Section/Elevation views.
If you are having trouble clicking at the original starting point, you may have disabled Endpoint snapping. To toggle it back on, select Edit> Snap Settings> Endpoint. A small checkmark will display on the icon when this feature is enabled.
If you have created another type of primitive, such as a Box or Pyramid, you can also choose the Explode Shape edit tool in order to convert its sides in to individual faces, which can then be extruded to create a wide variety of different types of objects.
Often you can use these tools in combination with the Solid Union, Intersection, and Subtraction tools to create almost any type of custom shape desired. These shapes can then be converted in to 3D symbols, such as fixtures or furnishings, for use in future plans. To learn more, see the Related Articles section below.