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helix shape

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03-07-2012 07:26 AM

Does somebody knows how to make a helix shape? i need to make a helix out of a shaped like rectangle like to twist it and make it look like a helix

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Re: helix shape

03-07-2012 11:26 AM in reply to: 918398

Yes there is, and for your needs it s pretty handy.

The way to do it in alias is through the RAIL surface tool.

Imagine a long rectangular strip, say 100cm long by 10 cm wide. Let s model this basic slab (surface) with the rail tool.

I suppose you can do that. Now on the rail tool options, there s a otion called Rotate Xform. Type say, 1500 in there. There u go, if you want to have say, a helix curve, you can duplicate one edge of that helix surface and you get the curve. Now you can extrude any shape you need along that helix path.


Good luck! 

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Re: helix shape

03-07-2012 11:32 AM in reply to: 918398


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