Spring
KeyCreator \ Tools \ Mechanical-Elements \ Spring

Select Spring from the Tools>Mechanical Elements submenu. The "Spring" dialog box will appear. Enter the information about the spring in this dialog box. Your selections will be displayed in the Preview window.

Dialog Options:

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Dimensions
  • Number of Coils - The total number of coils for the spring.

  • Wire Diameter - The diameter of the spring wire.

  • Spring Diameter - The diameter of the spring itself.  

  • Free Length - The length of the spring (uncompressed).

Wire Type

Set the Wire Type to Round or Square.

Style

Set the Style. The choices are:

  • Partial - Draws the first and last coils of the spring and connects them with dashed lines. (In order for a spring to be drawn in Partial style, you must have specified at least 6 coils for a plain or plain & ground spring and 8 coils for a square or squared & ground spring.)

  • Schematic - Draws a simplified schematic drawing of the spring.

  • Detail - Draws a fully detailed drawing of the spring.

End Conditions

Select the End Conditions for the spring. The choices are:

  • Plain (Side, Wire 3D, and Solid)

  • Squared (Side view, Wire 3D and Solid)

  • Ground - Enable this checkbox to make either a plain and ground or squared and ground spring (side rep. only).

Rep

Choose a Rep for the spring. The choices are Side, Wire 3D and Solid.

 NOTE: Plain and squared end springs can be created as solid objects.

For side representations: After you pick the location for the top of the spring, you will be prompted to select an axis orientation for the spring. If you press ENTER at this point, a dialog box will appear which allows you to enter the angle into a text field.

The number of coils for 3D springs is limited due to KeyCreator's limit on the number of nodes per spline. If a 3D spline with more coils is needed, create two springs and join them together.

2D springs are drawn in the current construction plane, not the current view.

 

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Above > 3D Spring and 2D Round Springs with different end conditions

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