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dranos
03-26-2004, 11:14 PM
What is the best way to model a spring? I have a short spring to model and I don't know where to start. Is there a tool for that kind of thing or is there a particular technique?

riki
03-27-2004, 01:26 AM
Use the Lathe tool on a 2d disk.

http://www.suture.net/tutorials/modeling/img/033.gif

Darth Mole
03-27-2004, 02:26 AM
Using a hgh End Angle an Offset other than zero.

Activator
03-27-2004, 07:57 AM
Hmmm. I played with every end angle, offset and axis that I could in about 10 minutes, and I never got anything that looked like the picture in the 2nd post.

I made a phone cord once using the seashell tool, but the spring in post 2 looks great!

What would the exact settings be for that spring. It's always good to know this stuff.

Thanks!

dranos
03-27-2004, 08:33 AM
I tried it and it worked beautifully. I don't know where I'd be without this forum.
Thanks

riki
03-27-2004, 09:22 AM
This was my settings

http://www.suture.net/tutorials/modeling/img/032.gif

Check page 4 of my tuts and the last entry on page 3

http://www.suture.net/tutorials/modeling/page04.shtml

Activator
03-28-2004, 01:25 PM
Ahhh, ok.

It's funny, if I start at the top of the Numeric entry fields and input the numbers in order, I get a crazy, angular mess.

Then, I went back (by accident) and RE-entered 400 in the sides field, and it snapped into a nice "spring" shape!

Weird.

Thanks!

riki
03-28-2004, 05:08 PM
It takes a little bit of getting use to. But you know it wants to work :)