It´s friday and the weekend is near!
The winter is not about to end any time soon.
So while you are waiting for springtime with the warm sun in your face, enjoying a cold beer in front of the barbecue with your friends you can run thru this quick tutorial on how to create a spring with flat ends in Topsolid 7.
Who knows, you might need one?
HOW TO MODEL A SPRING WITH FLAT ENDS
By Saad GASMI
Translated by Daniel Norée
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In the menu Sketch/Spatial/Operations select Helix.
In our case we want a spring:
Diameter 20> radius = 10
No 10> = 10mm No longitudinal
5 turns> End Angle = 5rev or 360 * 5
NOTE: rev means 5 revolutions.
OK and exit the sketch.
Creation of a shape.
Shapes Menu / Other shapes / Pipe
Select Wire Shape
Click the helix and set the diameter to 5mm
Uncheck Surface Mode and click OK.
Choose Trim and Trim By Plane
Select Outline from the list and then select the XY plane.
Check that the arrow indicates the correct direction of material removal and confirm.
Repeating the Trim operation.
Click the + button to create a plane offset. / XY
Set the value of offset, must be equal to 5 x 10 (5 turns in step 10) and confirm.
Click OK once the creation of the plane is done and youre done!
You can now create the necessary parameters of this spring to create a family of parts.