How to Model a Spring in SolidWorks?

How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

In this SolidWorks tutorial I will show you how to model a spiral spring in SolidWorks. Spring steel is a low alloy, medium carbon steel or high carbon steel with a very high yield strength. This allows objects made of spring steel to return to their original shape despite significant bending or twisting. But how can you draw a shape like a spiral or spring [...]

In this SolidWorks tutorial I will show you how to model a spiral spring in SolidWorks. Spring steel is a low alloy, medium carbon steel or high carbon steel with a very high yield strength. This allows objects made of spring steel to return to their original shape despite significant bending or twisting. But how can you draw a shape like a spiral or spring in SolidWorks? This is exactly what I want to show you today.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the following functions:

  • 2D sketch
  • Create a 2D Circle
  • Create a Helix / Spiral
  • Create a Swept Boss/Base

Enjoy it!

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Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part

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Create a 2D sketch

Select the Top Plane in the feature tree (menu at the left side) and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

The display changes so the Top plane faces you.

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Create a circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Create a sketch which starts at the Origin Origin How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Change the diameter of the circle into Ø80 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Click Right Mouse Button > Select to finish the circle Select1 How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

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Create a Helix / Spiral

Go to Insert > Curve > Helix/Spiral or click at the Helix/Spiral icon helix How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Select the Constant Pitch option

Set the Pitch length to 20 mm

Set the number of Revolutions to 8

Set the Start anlge to 180 deg

Select the Clockwise option

Click OK ok How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

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 Create a 2D sketch

Select the Right Plane and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

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Create another circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Create a circle somewhere at the Right Plane as shown in the picture

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Connect the Circle sketch with the Spiral Sketch

Select the midpoint of the circle, hold down the Control key and select the Spiral sketch

Click at Pierce pierce How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

The circle is now connected with the Spiral sketch

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Change the diameter of the circle into Ø10 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Click Right Mouse Button > Select to finish the circle Select1 How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner to close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

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Create a Swept Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Sweep or click at the Sweep icon sweep boss base How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

Profile sweep profile How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks? : Select the blue Sketch2

Path sweep path How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks? : Select the pink Helix/ Spiral1

Click OK ok How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?

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Congratulations, you just finished your own Spring!

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I hope you’ve learned something from this tutorial!

Do you have any suggestions for new SolidWorks tutorials? Feel free to add some suggestions below and I’ll see what I can do for you! icon smile How to Model a Spiral in SolidWorks?


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