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How to model a 3D spiral in Inventor?

A - answer If you need to model a 3D spiral in Inventor (e.g. a 3D pipe path, own spring type, wind up a hose or cable on a reel, etc.) you can use the "Project to Surface" function in 3D sketch. You can wrap an angled line on a cylindrical surface.

Then you can sweep a profile along this 3D path or generate a wire or pipe system.

(if you need a bended spring along an arc - see the Block Catalog)

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18.12.2006    32840×  
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applies to: Inventor 11 · InventorPro11 ·

See also:
Tip 13960:Fermat's spiral in AutoCAD.
Tip 13906:How to construct a 2D spiral shape in Inventor?
Tip 13653:FPoly - draw fixed-length polylines in AutoCAD.
Tip 13163:Blended transitional solid between irregular regions, circle-rectangle transition (3D in AutoCAD)
Tip 10708:Modeling compression injection screw for molding machine.

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