Jump to content

2D Spiral in Inventor


cbucket
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm trying to sketch a spiral in Inventor 09. Then I'd like to pattern a series of circles along the spiral.

 

I can do this in Solidworks, but I don't see a tool to draw a spiral or pattern along a curve in Inventor.

 

I'd really appreciate some help, thanks!

Spiral%2520Diagram%2520GT.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Spiral is under the Coil function.

 

Rectangular Pattern is really a mis-nomer, it should be called Curve Driven Pattern where often the "curves" happen to be straight lines. See this document http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/AU2007/MA105-1L%20Mather.pdf on how to get your pattern (the example is helical but you should be able to figure it out for spiral).

Spiral.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 years later...

Dunno if u can sketch a spiral with AI, but if you use the coil option and use spiral u can easily get a spiral, but this has depth and thickness,if you make your profile small enough it can look like a line, see picturespiral 1.jpg

 

HOPE THIS HELPS.

spiral2.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Maybe i have misssed the point here, but cbucket asked for only a sketched drawing of a spiral, as if it had to only be a line.

Why its needed in AI and solid works as well i dont know? would have thought one was enough.

sorry for any confusion.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3d sketch - helical curve - click the drop down box and select spiral. Then just enter your relevant needs ie pitch/revolutions etc etc.

 

:)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3d sketch - helical curve - click the drop down box and select spiral. Then just enter your relevant needs ie pitch/revolutions etc etc.

 

:)

 

 

Nice one Harvey..... never knew that one.....

question for you

this spiral sketch i did...... is it the same as the 3D spiral......what i mean is because i am using the "arc tool"

does it come out the same as the 3D spiral ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I made spiral now making this profile where fixed scroll is positioned at turn of 180 degree.

 

Your profile says you are using Mechanical 2007. Are you doing this in Mechanical, Solidworks or Inventor?

 

Do you build scroll compressors or is this a hobby?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Spiral.PNG#1. You used too many dimensions - only 2 are required to fully constrain.

#2. The result is not the same curve as a Spiral created using the coil command with the same axis and pitch.

#3. I never use the 3D Sketch Coil command as it is not (easily) parametrically editable. Instead - what I do is create a helix or spiral surface body as needed, and then use the 3D Sketch Include Geometry to get the curve. This is fully parametric from the defining surface.

 

I think Wikipedia has several other formulas for "spirals" and I think there are some other Excel examples in the Inventor SDK folder.

Spiral.zip

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you JD

I can see now... there is quite a difference with the 3D spiral to the 2D one ....Calibos was trying to explain to me that i had got it wrong ,

which i can see why now...thing is i came to the conclusion that the only way to make a spiral in 2 D SKETCH was to do it this way.

is there any other way to do this in 2 D sketch to get it the same as 3 d ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The green coil in my picture is planar - therefore it is 2D even if created with 3D sketch.

Alternatively - I could have created a 2D sketch and Project Geometry the edge of the surface body - I guess the reason I used 3D sketch is because I'm usually after a helix rather than a spiral.

Edited by JD Mather
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My old drafting board skills are a little rusty, would anyone remember how to do a scroll on a drafting board? I will try to find my old drafting and geometry books, but for the life of me I can't remember. At first I thought French Curves, but now I am not to sure about that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The green coil in my picture is planar - therefore it is 2D even if created with 3D sketch.

Alternatively - I could have created a 2D sketch and Project Geometry the edge of the surface body - I guess the reason I used 3D sketch is because I'm usually after a helix rather than a spiral.

 

Thank You :thumbsup:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...