Deluxe doesn't have thread maker, but you can approximate the process. You probably couldn't actually build to this, but most people don't want to lathe their own bolts.
Start by using the calculator to find the reciprocal of your thread pitch. For instance, for a #10-24 bolt the pitch is 24 so the reciprocal is 1/24 = 0.0416667. Copy this value.
Next create a wire half-model of your bolt blank.
While you're at it, at the bottom corner attach a small circle, giving it a diameter the same as the value you previously copied:
Use the revolve tool on the wire half-model to make your bolt blank. Now you have a very dull nail ;-) Next revolve the small circle using the same axis as for the blank. You will temporarily have a torus:
Click on the torus and open its properties. Click on Revolution Shape. In the Spiral Pitch field, paste again the value you previously copied. This will ungray the "Number of Coils" field. Paste a number into the NOC fields that will copy the coil all the way up your blank. For instance, if your blank is one inch tall, and designed for 10-24, then you will need 24 coils to make it all the way up. Easiest way is just to play with the numbers until it looks right. Note that there is some limit to the number of coils you can create. Now it will look something like:
Now just 3D subtract the coils from the blank, add material color, and voila! You've got threads:
« Last Edit: December 17, 2010, 07:50:08 PM by MarkS »
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