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Hey there i am trying to make a 3D Helix on Vectorworks 11.

The furthest i have got is like this....

select spiral tool - add dimensions - select square tool - place square where spiral finishes - select both - select extrude along path tool.

how do i make the spiral lift off the ground making it into a helix????

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you can use the Sweep command to draw a helix.

draw the square.

place a 2D Locus at the centre of the helix

Model > sweep...

set the degrees for the number of rotations. 360? = 1 complete rotation, 720?=2 complete and so on.

set the pitch for the height of each rotation.

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Helix Spirals are covered in:

In the example shown below you need to enter a value in the Pitch field in step 2.

Edited by mike m oz

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Mike Oz,

You should write the tech manual! Nice explanation graphic!


Edited by Architosh

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