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## Control O.A.L. Of An Equation Curve

I need to generate an equation curve and be able to set and control the length of the actual curve. Making the equation curve to form the helical “corkscrew” isn’t a problem.I just can’t figure out how to control the “R” value of the curve based on my total length.

Is this doable?

Thanks

TW

8 REPLIES 8
1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)
You can put a point on the curve with the desired length from the correct end, then put a datum thru the point normal to the curve, then trim the curve.
1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)
If the curve is analytical, why not calculate the radius from the required length in a part relation and use it in the curve equation?
5-Regular Member
(To:TracyWillis)
Summary

Thanks to Terry ! Very helpful info.

Couple things to consider: Make sure that it is possible for Z & T to generate a curve larger than the length set within feasibility. That is also true for the Minimum and Maximum R values. You may need to tweak the min / max R values in feasibility if the curve is coming up short. If everything seems to be working fine but the curve is still slightly short check the convergence setting. If that value is too large it will “clip” the curve and can be shorter than the desired length you entered.

I didn’t try Frank’s suggestion, I had already use the above process.

I tried Harald’s suggestion; I was able to trim a sketch curve but not the equation datum curve.

Thanks – and Stuff.

Have a great weekend everyone.

tw
1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)

If I understand this correctly, you want a helical curve of a certain length, and you want both the ends to be coincident to a plane thru the axis of the helix (one turn)? Somewhat like a helical lock washer? You're going to use this curve as a trajectory, I assume? If so, I have an easier solution for you. Shoot me an e-mail.

Frank

Summary

Thanks to Terry ! Very helpful info.

Couple things to consider: Make sure that it is possible for Z & T to generate a curve larger than the length set within feasibility. That is also true for the Minimum and Maximum R values. You may need to tweak the min / max R values in feasibility if the curve is coming up short. If everything seems to be working fine but the curve is still slightly short check the convergence setting. If that value is too large it will “clip” the curve and can be shorter than the desired length you entered.

I didn’t try Frank’s suggestion, I had already use the above process.
I tried Harald’s suggestion; I was able to trim a sketch curve but not the equation datum curve.
Thanks – and Stuff.

Have a great weekend everyone.

tw

1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)
If I understand this correctly, you want a helical curve of a certain length, and you want both the ends to be coincident to a plane thru the axis of the helix (one turn)? Somewhat like a helical lock washer? You're going to use this curve as a trajectory, I assume?

Anyways, I modeled the above in a much simpler fashion. If it's a constant radius and you don't need to assign a graph function to it in any way (like needing ends normal to the plane or variable radii or pitch) you don't need to use an equation curve. In my model with the absolute accuracy set to .0001, the curve is accurate to .0000001 inch. The only drawback is Pro/E's usual inability to finish the regen cycle, so you must regen twice. If this is what you wanted, it's far less monkey business than the other method.

Frank

1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)

Oh, and I forgot to mention, making multiple turns is as simple as changing the section relation for the cylinder surface as follows for 2 turns:

sd3 = rsd2/2

For 3 turns, make that /3, etc.

Have fun!

Frank

1-Newbie
(To:TracyWillis)

Anyone play with this yet?

5-Regular Member
(To:TracyWillis)
Hey Frank,

I briefly looked at the 2nd model you sent me but I haven't had a chance
to really dig into. We had to move on for the moment because the
summary I posted actually did work for us. It may have not been ideal
but we were able to clear the hurdle and keep the project moving. I
really like the way you controlled the pitch of the helix, never seen
that approach before. I will not share the file and destroy it as you
requested once I am finished learning from it.

I may post another summary after I tear into this again next week.

Tracy Willis

Designer / Drafter

Cook Urological, Inc.

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Spencer, IN 47460

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