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How to derive the centerline of a complex hose and measure path length

Question asked by Bryan Piendel on Aug 14, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 14, 2019 by Bryan Piendel



Does anyone know quick way to get the centerline of a complex hose?


My solid is a non-parametric model without history. I've used the split line function to get close... but it's not good enough. A picture of my model is below. The curves you see on the OD of the part are the Split Lines I created. 


The "create lines and use tangent arc" method doesn't work on this because the hose is not made from simple bends on 1 plane. 


Once I get the centerline, I need to measure Path Length and I've only ever done that on a 2D sketch. I attempted it on a 3D sketch, but the option is not available.


The purpose is to get the CL length of the hose.


Thank you for the help!