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Why Isn't This Tube Continuous?

Question asked by Keaton Warn on Jun 7, 2018
Latest reply on Jun 8, 2018 by Keaton Warn

I want this tube coil model to at least appear to be continuous for the purpose of having an accurate view in a drawing file. Notice how the solid body doesn't appear to be continuous.

 

 

Helix Settings:

 

 

Sweep sketch dimensions:

 

If I increase the difference between the OD of the tube (0.875) and the pitch (0.8750001)  to something as much as 0.0001, it appears the body becomes continuous. However, I would prefer that the geometry reflect my intent perfectly (0.875 OD, 0.875 pitch).

 

(Note that if the OD = pitch, it doesn't appear that SolidWorks allows the Sweep function to build the body. Maybe this is due to some sort of zero-width geometry or body intersection error - I'm not sure.)

 

Here's the result of 0.875 OD, 0.8751 pitch:

 

(0.875 OD, 0.8751 pitch) Helix Settings for Continuous Body:

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