Helical Cylinder

30 votes
Version: 
0.02a
Author Name: 
Vojtech Cada

Example usage would be spiral ductwork, screw threads, flexible metal tubes, circular ramps etc. No smoothing groups are assigned, for smooth look either use Smooth modifier or add points to the spline profile.

Additional Info: 

Path follow is now possible:

Note: The AUTO update switch uses change handlers to update the shape when geometry/topology of the profile spline is changed. Use with caution.

Installation: Copy the .ms file to your scripts\startup folder or run as a script if you only want to try it out. The object primitive will be available under Examples in the Create panel.

Version Requirement: 
3DS Max 4.2
AttachmentSize
helicalCyl.ms5.92 KB

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Swordslayer's picture

 

It does have Path, as in path to follow along, maybe you mean something different? Not sure what your expectations are but once you set the path to follow, you also need to set the turns/height accrodingly if you want to cover the whole path.

obaida's picture

No Path !!

useful scripts thanks , but this attached script has no path function!

Swordslayer's picture

 

For it to show in customize ui to be able to add it to a quad menu, you'd need a macro, something like 'startObjectCreation HelicalCylinder' - the .ms file would have to be placed in the \plugins folder, too, and you could add it to Modifier Sets in that case as well.

atanguay's picture

VERY USEFUL

Still very very useful and working with 2017

I can't seem to be able to add it to a quad menu. Doesn't show up in the commands panel. Any ideas?

Thank you!

3di's picture

flatten ends

brilliant script. Would be great if you could add a flatten ends function so that the resulting object can be bridged to a cylinder with equal sides.

Damn you computer.

visualizer's picture

Cool

Amazingly brilliant script.... super !
First part is okey fine the plugin works for customizable things...but second one..! Path follow is super.
Telephone cord modelling is few seconds away ! :D

Yusuf_ES's picture

+1

Super script. Thank you

othoap's picture

WOW

SPEECHLESS WOW this is so cool Swordslayer. I dub thee LORD SCRIPT

pixamoon's picture

follow spline

follow spline - love it !

Swordslayer's picture

RE: Follow a spline

Here you go, path follow added.

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