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I need to create a custom column shape, what tool can I use?
A molding polyline is a profile shape that is extruded along a polyline path. The profile shape can be one that you have drawn, or it can be one that was included with the Chief Architect library. As their name suggests, molding polylines are great for adding moldings to a room, but the tool is versatile enough to be used for so much more.
Custom columns can be made by creating a molding profile and extruding the profile along a closed shape. Use the CAD tools to create a custom molding profile that is the actual height of the column you wish to create and half the width minus 1/2" (the molding will be extruded around a 1" square or circle). See the "Creating a Custom Molding Profile" article in the Related Articles section for more information on creating a custom molding profile.
For this example the following molding profile is used:
Using a CAD circle instead of a square will result in a round column.
Tapered columns can also be made by using a custom molding profile such as:
There are many objects that can be created using an extruded molding profile. Here are some examples: