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    Default Drawing a 3D curved line

    I need to draw a line that curves through all 3 Cartesian co-ordinate planes at the same time. ie. X,Y & Z planes. This is for a fan blade. My problem is, AutoCAD does not seem to allow this in any of its line drawing formats. 3D polylines can only be straight. 2D polylines can be curved but only in 2 planes. Can anyone help with this please?

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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    You can define a UCS from the 3 coordinates that make up the curve, then draw an arc.
    Will this work for you?
    See also: http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1217
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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    Thanks for the suggestion but no. The curve I need to draw does not look straight from any perspective you look at it. Sort of like a helix but without a constant radius (French curve type of thing). If you look at a domestic pedestal cooling fan blade, you will see what I mean.

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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    You can try SPLINE or approximated (calculated) 3D Polyline.

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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    Thanks Vladamir. I will give it a try.

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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    Just curious if this worked for you?
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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Just curious if this worked for you?
    Hi Wanderer,
    None of the above I am afraid. I have resolved the problem albeit in a long way around. I had to draw the curve in plan, then also in side elevation, extrude both as surfaces so they intersected each other then trace a 3d polyline onto the resulting intersecting line. I could then use the resulting curve as my sweep line. Seems to be the only way. Looks like a hole in AutoCADs modelling ability.
    Thanks for the enquiry

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    Default Re: Drawing a 3D curved line

    You have to plot a series of points along the desired curve, then spline/knots/uniform, then select the points and enter upon completion.

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