Bending a cylinder

Hello. I am quite new to Blender (on the order of a few weeks). I am interested in some advice on what people think the easiest way to bend a cylinder is.

Say I have a cylinder and I want to change its direction by 90 degrees. I am interested in knowing if there is a simple tool to do this that can do two things:

  1. Tell blender the angle you want to the object to change direction, in this case 90 degrees.
  2. The sharpness of the turn: ( how quickly to turn 90 degress), for example I might want to have the direction change in 1cm or a more gradual turn in 2 cm.

I think I could do this by extruding points, and having a bunch of mini-rotations, but I was curious if there is a better way.

Much Thanks,


How to bend a pipe:-

Check out the rest of the series too, they are well worth it.

You could also use the Spin tool, F9 Mesh tools panel.

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Thanks you both, for providing separate methods. I tried them both and they worked great.

Thanks again!