I wouls conbsider myself just above a beginner level userc, so my apologies in advance.
I am trying to replicate the aluminum metal drop that is created when machining aluminum round on a CNC lathe. It creates a conical helix. I can create a basic spiral helix (for bolt thread n such) but trying to create a conical helix using the follow me tool (where the shape is razor thin) forget about it. So after a couple of hours of dinking around I went and found the perfect conical helix the the 3D warehouse. But then I realized that I couldn’t just create copies and merge then together. Becuase the bottom of each copy is much smaller than the top of the helix so that won’t connect. So then I said ok the distance between each ring is 1/64" so I thought ok create a guide 1/64" from the top of the helix and make a copy, Then scale the copy so that the bottom of the is the same width as you guide and the top of the first helix and then repeat over and over again.
You see my goal is a get a piece of the aluminum conical helix to be about 36" in length. Being that the shape I found in the warehouse is 2" in length you could imagine my dismay. I then searched for conical helix @ Sketucation and it referred me to the JWM Shape Tools plugin which I have yet to explore.
Can anyone help?