Draw a Coil Spring


#1

I am needing to learn how to draw a coil spring. Can anyone help out?


#2

#3

Here is one version without using plugins to make the helix.
Coil


#4

@box Any ideas for a spiral?


#5

Do you mean a flat spiral?
Manually I’d just use half circles and a few guide points.
FlatSpiral


#6

No Sir. I meant a coil spring. For example, a valve spring in a car engine. I do appreciate your going to the lengths you did for me.


#7

So you want a compression spring? Make the radius of the circle less than half the pitch of the helix. Otherwise, Box’s process works the same.


#8

Perfect! Thank you.


#9

Kind of, but imagine wrapping that spiral around a 3d cone shape. I think it can be done with spirix, but I don’t think I’ve seen it done natively.

I don’t mean to spam this thread, I’m just curious.


#10

Another option would be to use Curve Maker to create the path.


#11

Curve Maker does create the original requested helix easily. Playing around I managed to get this using both helix and spiral tools from that set…


#12

Or you could create a tapered helical spring. :smiley:

Or maybe a spring with variable pitch?


#13

Ok clever clogs, give me a chance!
I just need to get a bit of spring in my step first. :cowboy_hat_face:


#14

You can do all sorts of things with a helix once created.
For example
ScaleHelix
or
MultiHelix


#15

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