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in this tutorial I show a simple technique on how to fracture After Effects own path or mask geometry into pieces to extrude it with Element 3D from VideoCopilot.net. You don't have to use any external 3D applications to 'break' text or other extruded geometry into chunks. This all can be done inside of AE.
You only need a little script, that you can download here: aescripts.com/voronoi-shatter/