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Tony3d
05-22-2012, 10:30 AM
HI All, I have a real problem here I can't seem to solve, and was wondering if I could get some input. I have a job that requires this helical wrap around two wire conductors that form a pill shaped path. there is a thin sheathing that covers the helical wrap of wires. obviously If I twist the straight wires they poke through the sheathing, and cut into the conductors. Please tell me there is a way to get this helical shape to work properly. I have attached a sample image.

tcoursey
05-22-2012, 01:00 PM
wow that looks tough. The bend tool probably won't help you here. You may try the spline guide tool. It will be much more manual a process but might work. I can't think of many other ways. I'll watch this thread as this one is tough and can't wait to hear from others.

VonBon
05-22-2012, 01:50 PM
maybe the Lathe Tool

XswampyX
05-22-2012, 01:55 PM
What's it supposed to look like?

http://forums.newtek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=104529&stc=1&d=1337716475

This?

tcoursey
05-22-2012, 02:00 PM
What's it supposed to look like?

http://forums.newtek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=104529&stc=1&d=1337716475

This?

Very nice! Please share your technique. This isn't my project but I'm sure I can learn. I bet this is exactly what it's suppose to look like!

XswampyX
05-22-2012, 02:22 PM
Not too difficult. :)

Made a simple template for the background layer.
Then made a spline following one strand around in a complete loop.
Duplicated it to make it twice as long.
Then instead of trying to rotate it. I just cut, pasted and move a duplicate loop along the axis of the cable.
Repeat 8 times.
Chop off the rough ends.
Et voila!

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr16/xXswampyXx/CableHelix.gif

Tony3d
05-22-2012, 03:28 PM
Thanks so much. That will work. What a great community!

Oedo 808
05-22-2012, 09:21 PM
I was halfway through responding earlier when XswampyX put up that solution, a nice technique. "instead of trying to rotate it. I just cut, pasted and move a duplicate loop along the axis of the cable", I think I'd have gone nuts think about radial cloning yet without thinking to do that, simple but effective. :thumbsup:

Anyway, thought I'd stick on what I did regardless, pretty self-explanatory from the .gif and similar in many respects, selected the pairs of polys forming the helix in an offset sequence to give the twist when I bridged, then just cloned the object to the desired length (LWCAD's Vector Clone in my case). I like Pictrix's C_Bend (http://www.lwplugindb.com/Plugin.aspx?id=14f505d8) (No Win64 I don't think) for this sort of thing.

104540

jeric_synergy
05-22-2012, 10:47 PM
Not too difficult. :)
LOL, he has no idea how that makes me gnash my teeth... :D:thumbsup:

Then instead of trying to rotate it. I just cut, pasted and move a duplicate loop along the axis of the cable.
Repeat 8 times.
Genius can be seeing the simple solution. :jam:

Octo
05-22-2012, 11:45 PM
i think you can do this with rope editor haven't tried it if it works yet will do and will update u
http://www.next4d.com/index.htm

Waves of light
05-23-2012, 03:55 AM
Gotta say XSwampyX you're one of the most helpful guys on here. That's such a simple solution.

XswampyX
05-23-2012, 05:57 AM
Thanks guys. It's nice to be nice, and i love the challenge. :-D

nickdigital
05-23-2012, 09:50 AM
Gotta say XSwampyX you're one of the most helpful guys on here. That's such a simple solution.

+1.

There should be a XSwampyX section in the forum. I was even curious on how to model this.

A lot of very high-end tips and always generous with the help.

probiner
05-23-2012, 10:02 AM
XswampyX and Oedo 808 :jam:

jeric_synergy
05-23-2012, 10:11 AM
+1.
There should be a XSwampyX section in the forum. I was even curious on how to model this.
I've often thought just Searching for all Swampy's posts, randomly, would probably be a generally profitably experience.

I haven't yet, but the day is young.

Tony3d
05-23-2012, 10:13 AM
Thanks to everyone and all these great ideas. I use to worry about taking on jobs I may not have answers to, lately it dosen't bother me much anymore with this community. Can't wait to get Lightwave 11. I'm still on 9.6.

bobakabob
05-23-2012, 10:18 AM
I've often thought just Searching for all Swampy's posts, randomly, would probably be a generally profitably experience.

I haven't yet, but the day is young.

Agreed, Swampy's uploaded some phenomenal stuff. Loved the LW11 Bullet files, a great learning experience :thumbsup:

bobakabob
05-23-2012, 10:19 AM
Thanks to everyone and all these great ideas. I use to worry about taking on jobs I may not have answers to, lately it dosen't bother me much anymore with this community. Can't wait to get Lightwave 11. I'm still on 9.6.

You won't regret it, it's a quantum leap. Worth it for VPR alone.

probiner
05-23-2012, 10:20 AM
next challange :D

http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?t=128349