Chief Architect Help Database - Article Number: 931
How to Use the Extrude Object Edit ToolThe information in this article applies to:
- Chief Architect X5
- Chief Architect X4
- Chief Architect X3
- Chief Architect X2
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 use a 3D box to illustrate the use and function of the Extrude Object edit tool.
To create the shape
- First, launch Chief Architect and start a New Plan .
- Next, select Build> Primitive> Box then click and drag to create a 3D box
- Using the Select Objects tool, select the box and click on the Open Object edit tool, where you can adjust the color or material applied to the 3D Box on the Materials tab.
For the purposes of this example, we will make the 3D box 20" x 20" x 20", and change it to a green color.
- Click OK when you have completed making changes to apply them to your 3D Box.
To start modifying the 3D Box.
- Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview .
- Next, tile the views by selecting Window> Tile Vertically or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F6.
- In the camera view, select the box with the Select Objects tool and click Explode Shape .
This will allow you to select each of the 6 faces on the 3D box, as in the example below.
- In the Floor Plan window, use the Select Objects tool, select the 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Floor Camera and drag to position it so that it is facing the west side of the 3D box.
- Select the West facing surface from your perspective view and click the Extrude Object edit tool that displays on your edit toolbar to open the Extrude Object dialog.
- In the Extrude Object dialog, enter an X Extrusion Delta of -12" then click the OK button.
- With the Select Objects tool selected, click on your new box and move it away from the original to take a look at the results.
- In your camera view, you should now be able to see the new solid that was created from the surface of the original.
There are several uses for the Extrude Object tool. Here is an example of a basalt column created in combination with the Face tool and modifying both the X and Z delta values.
Last updated on: Mar 29, 2013