What would be the best way to model the slides shown in the pictures?
I am using a swept boss for the shape but I can't figure out how to make the individual pieces.
Split feature, using a sketch for the straight slide, and a swept surface for the spiral slide, then later another split for segments.
what are you using the model for?
the basic part you did would work, if your just putting it together for the kids and building your own platform.
if your looking a building the individual parts that get bolted together you can use cuts and configurations off the base model you have to make the parts.
It's getting rendered for a website. It needs to look accurate from a distance but doesn't have to be perfect.
ouch. That sounds like a lot of work.... good luck...
Have you considered using sheet metal for making the bends?
That's actually much easier than making something that is manufacturable.
Just make the basic shape as a swept spiral. Add some short revolves for the flanges, some hex extrusions for the bolts, etc...
Faking something to look pretty is way less work than making it pretty, and manufacturable.
It's when you do this, and then are asked to release it to production that you run into trouble!
I'll try that out, thanks for the advise.
If you are doing it just for the render, you don't need it to be that accurate do you?
If that's the case, I'd say make 2 helix features. Use the shell feature to make the tube hollow. Then add the exit part to it.
That's what I had in mind, I just wasn't sure about the individual sections.
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