[Plugin] Spherical Spiral (Archimedes)

[Plugin] Spherical Spiral (Archimedes)

Postby Regular Polygon » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:53 pm

Here is another simple to use plugin for geometry creation. The spiral is a 3D curve that wraps around the surface of a sphere, going from pole to pole. Specifically, this is an Archimedean spherical spiral because, like the 2D Archimedean spiral, the turns are all the same distance apart.

spiral_curve.png


To activate, select Draw -> Spherical Spiral (Archimedes). Enter the parameters in the dialog box, and the spherical spiral is created as a component that you can place in the model.

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It looks better if you give the spiral curve some substance using a plugin like Tube Along Path.

tubealongpath.png


The Spherical Spiral is at: regularpolygon.org/plugins/spherical-spiral.php.


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Re: [Plugin] Spherical Spiral (Archimedes)

Postby pilou » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:07 am

Ah damned too late for these posts and following :D
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Re: [Plugin] Spherical Spiral (Archimedes)

Postby Regular Polygon » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:53 am

Pilou wrote:Ah damned too late for these posts and following :D


They were drawing spirals on a torus, so this wouldn't really help, right? :-?

But I was thinking, that would be another good plugin. One that draws a spiral on a torus. The spiral can revolve around two directions, the "big circle" and the "little circle." A simple plugin would allow you to enter the number of revolutions in each direction and then draw the spiral. :idea:
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Re: [Plugin] Spherical Spiral (Archimedes)

Postby mitcorb » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:40 pm

@Regular Polygon:
Thank you for your efforts. These rubies you have done will be very useful.
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