I have to make a spring for an engineering class I have yet me nor the teacher know how to make a rectangular spring. So please help me try to make it!
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3d intersection between helix surface and extuded surface
attach your attempt here for further instruction.
I recommend that your teacher go through ALL of the tutorials/papers in my signature and especially the Knot tutorial.
Here's an example file that you can look at to see how it's done.
I hope this helps.
Best of luck to you in all of your Inventor pursuits,
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Here is another example with subtle differences - the key difference is the swept circle is on a plane perpendicular to the start point of the path to ensure the wire cross section is round.
The example isn't perfect using this helxi intersection method - but should be close enough.
If you need closer to perfect - post back and someone will suggest a slightly different intersection for the path.
I know this is an old thread but I am drawing basically the same thing right now and am having some problems.
I used the file you posted but your lines are not straight. All of the lines going vertically (they are slanted I know, but essentially vertical) are bent in the middle instead of being straight. Is there a way to correct this?
Something like this?
I attached an example with straight lines - but you did not indicate in your problem description that you are using an older version of Inventor.
the 2d sketch