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Insert helix into assembly?

owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,225 PRO
Hi folks.

I'm sure we used to be able to put curves into assemblies, but when I try insert my helix I can't even find it to add.  Am I going senile or was this possible and now it isn't any more? 

I tried converting the helix to a composite curve just in case it was the wrong type of curve but that didn't show up either.

Thanks Owen S.
Production Engineer
HWM-Water Ltd

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  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,225 PRO
    Owen - it doesnt look like this is currently supported.
    Step 1 - submit enhancement request
    Step 2- let us know why you need this (posting here is fine).
    I do not know yet how big this project is so i cannot give you any feedback yet.
    Good morning Sensei!

    Intent was a "quick and dirty" way to represent a spring in an assembly for a jig.  I'd not modeled anything fancy as wanted the end user to buy into the concept before getting in too deep on the design. 

    A helix shown in the assy would have met that need. Only a few more clicks to make it solid but I was convinced that I'd seen curves in assemblies before.  If that's not the case then no problem. 

    TBH I'd rather not raise an IR for this and instead have the "thicken curve into solid" idea implemented instead.  That would have been better in this case.

    Cheers 'n' all,

    Owen S.


    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,225 PRO
    Thinking back it may be that I saw curves in the derive tool not an assembly.  :smacksforheadsmiley:

    We defiantly need an IR for a :smacksforheadsmiley:

    Owen S.
     

    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,225 PRO
    i have already made an IR for this, it is useful for driving assemblies with complex kinematics. but on par with this some kind of point-on-curve constraint type requared, optionally - aligning to Fresnes basis.
    https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/6659/ability-to-insert-curves-in-assembly
    Thanks for raising it.  You have a vote Sir. :)

    Owen S.

    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • billy2billy2 Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 1,232 PRO
    voted up curves in assy & hopefully drawings
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