A path is the line (or
other shape) along which shapes are lofted to create 3D
constraint also lets you assign a line
or other shape as a motion path. A motion path is
a form of
Get Path (Lofting)
A circle is lofted
along a path to construct a tubular shape. Get Path chooses the path
You use Get Path as a
loft creation method when you want the path to move to the location
of the selected shape. For example, you use this method if you have
created a shape at the exact location where you want the base of
your loft object to be. You use Get Path to create a loft at that
Get Path causes the path
shape to move and rotate to align itself with the first shape on
- The first vertex on the path is located
at the first shape's pivot point.
- The tangent to the first vertex on the
path is aligned with the positive Z axis of the first shape.
- The local Z axis of the path is aligned
with the local Y axis of the first shape.
- The local coordinate system of the resulting
loft object equals the local coordinate system of the path after
it has been aligned with the first shape.
Sometimes, aligning the
tangent of the path with the positive Z axis of the first shape
does not produce the result you want. You can flip the orientation of
the path by pressing Ctrl while
getting the path. Pressing Ctrl aligns
the path so that the tangent to the first vertex of the path is
aligned with the negative Z axis of the shape.