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spiral on non-clyindrical/non-conical surface

IsoThermIsoTherm Member Posts: 66 PRO
I'm trying to draw a cooling loop made from copper tubing wrapped around a non-cylindrical / non-conical surface. Can I wrap a sketch around it to create a path? Use a shell?
Any thoughts on the best way to do that?



  • eric_pestyeric_pesty Member Posts: 1,391 PRO
    You can use the projected curve from a helix onto your surface.

    However you do need the base surface to be 1) continuous, 2) tangent, you example was neither of these...

  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 2,056 PRO
    I like Eric's way. Another way is to use the Contour Spiral custom feature by @Konstantin_Sh. Here's an example of that workflow.

    I am showing the regeneration times here because they get pretty bad the more turns the spiral has, and the Profile Sweeper feature (which I wrote) also bogs down because it has a very complex path to sweep on. If you care about those two things you'd want to make a segment of spiral that's just 1 turn, then sweep it, and use a linear pattern to finish the spiral.

    To get either of those custom features, right click them in the feature tree and choose, "Open linked document" and add them to your toolbar in the normal way (search "Custom feature" in the help docs if you're unfamiliar).

    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
  • IsoThermIsoTherm Member Posts: 66 PRO
    Awesome!. Many thanks.
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