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Bend tube with convolutions

Question asked by Jason Yang on Sep 15, 2017

Hi all,

I need to create a 3D bent tube with some convolutions. Just like flexible hoses connected some tubes but they have solid 3D shape. I know there is a sweep with law function in Catia V5 can bend the swept feature. SW doesn't have similar function. Both revolve and sweep request a straight axis. If I patterned single convolution along a curve then it won't merge the surfaces. Flex may work but with complex 3D shape it takes too long. Is there anyway to bend a tube with revolved features?


Attach is an example tube, I used bigger dia. bent tubes to represent bent convoluted tubes. For bent convoluted tubes, they should be like this:

Appreciate your help!