Creating Pipes Using the Chamfer Tool in Cinema 4D

This tip demonstrates a simple technique for rounding, extruding, and detailing some simple metal or PVC pipes.

The Chamfer tool is a very useful command in Cinema 4D, and has been in every version that I can recall (going back to version 7). It takes one or more points and rounds them using a tangentially aligned Bezier curve, keeping the original structure. It’s great for pipes and other linear-yet-curved objects.

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  1. I have been using C4D for about two weeks and this was the most ambitious
    tutorial I have so far watched. After I realised I was not turning off
    visible only in knife tool mode I produced a set of perfectly curved,
    extruded pipes and bends. Thank you so very much!

  2. Very nice! Thank’s and just keep it up

  3. Thanks for taking the time and do these amazing tutorials. You are very
    good at explaining. 

  4. Another great tip! If you have R13 or higher you can also build pipes really fast with the Character Object and the Pipeworks Template.

  5. I’m using the 4 14.042 and no chamfer on the right-click-menu ; aldo I needed it once to create a chess piece for class I do not seem to find it now to create a bout for a shower . Anyway, very nice shortcut !

  6. Thank you for your time and help. Awesome Tutorial on how to make great look pipes! You have my sub!

  7. your tips are verry easy to understand and add alot of usefull understanding on how to do modeling. thanks!

  8. Hey Jamie, thanks for your great tutorials. Your have a very bright and clear way to explain thing. No uhms and ahhs, just clear and talented speach which makes it a joy to watch. With this you really stand out of most of the tutorials. Thanks again for your time and effort and for sharing your knowledge.

  9. how did you hide the arrows.Btw great tut

  10. Hi Man, I’ve been using C4D for a month now and have been looking everywhere for simple, great tutes. Finally I found your stuff and it’s amazing!! Thanks so much! One question, when making the cuts (at 4:35), you say that in a production piece you would need to have them exactly the same distance. How do you get perfect accuracy in C4D? It’s something that I struggle with. I’ve played around with the snap functions but It’s a little bit fiddly. Any tips?

  11. really helpful tip…great work…thanks

  12. the extruding mostly, but keep up the great work it really helps.

  13. super tutorial,very very useful my friend,thanks for share 😉

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