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Create pitch on propellor

ankit_khandelwalankit_khandelwal EDUMember Posts: 8 EDU

I have created a rough propellor by tracing an image and then extruding the resulting sketch (https://cad.onshape.com/documents/1aed792aa774cdaaee943bd5/w/679a245b299251ddcafd8810/e/fb9c148bed7176aca9e32cd9). Now, I need to add the curve of the blade. Since this is being used for a quadcopter, the curve needs to gradually become flatter as it moves away from the center hub. Does anyone know how I could go about doing this?

I was thinking of using the Sculpt Face feature (https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/8410/sculpt-surface-update-to-release-3) to shape the blade, but the feature fails every time I try to manipulate the face of the blade. 

Is power surfacing a viable option? I have read a little into it but I'm still not sure what exactly it does, so please do not roast me about this :)

Thank you!


  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov ✭✭✭✭✭ Member Posts: 918 ✭✭✭✭✭
    people who are close to aerodynamics would probably blame this approach but at least it gives a flexible fully parametric model to begin with.

  • billy2billy2 PRO Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 1,310 PRO
    I'd stick with classical surfaces like @konstantin_shiriazdanov put together.

  • ankit_khandelwalankit_khandelwal EDU Member Posts: 8 EDU
    @konstantin_shiriazdanov Thank you for the quick reply. Could you please explain how you accomplished that. I have looked through the sketches on your design and its not coming clear to me. Thanks!
  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov ✭✭✭✭✭ Member Posts: 918 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I created parametrized sketch with blade cross section profile, that profile depends on three variables: #a - attack angle, #s1- chord length forward, #s2 - chord length backward. Then I draw a number of sketches, representing dependency of each of those Variables from the distance along blade. And finaly I use all those predefined thing for my Variable section sweep feature. You should know, that all those pseudo aerodynamic cross sections and dependences, are a very rough approximation to how this should be done seriously.
  • ankit_khandelwalankit_khandelwal EDU Member Posts: 8 EDU
    @konstantin_shiriazdanov Thank you so much. I just copied your design and made an exact replica for the other pair of propellor and now I have two propellors that I can use. Thanks once again!
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