Springs, Coils, Threads… There are many products out there that require us to model these kind of shapes. Until the day comes when Alias has a “Build me a spring” tool we need to build these things manually. In reality it is pretty easy to do and you have a lot of freedom to adjust the way they look…
Click HERE to watch the video
Created by Aaron… Your Alias CAD Geek
I have to be honest, I haven’t really used the “Coil” command in Inventor very much. After taking a deeper look into it, I found that not only do you have complete control of how the coil will be created, you can even create a spiral. The options inside allow you to control the shape by Pitch and Revolution, Revolution and Height, Pitch and Height and the before mentioned Spiral. You can even control the end points so that they would behave like flats on the end of a spring. Keep in mind that you could use this command to actually create threads in your models. Use with caution, a helix is the most computational consuming procedure for modeling purposes and can greatly reduce performance if used excessively.
John with the INCAT CAD Geeks