Feature request: Draw springs

Bug #584683 reported by Leon on 2010-05-23
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Bug Description

A spring [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coil_(PSF).jpg] is an aesthetic mechanical device, which has a few properties:
* Coil width
* Spacing between coils
* Number of coils / Angle
* Radius

In a way, it's sort of a spiral and maybe it could be combined with the spiral object.

This is very useful for both mechanical and physical drawings.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

The spiral is 2-dimensional, the helix is a 3-dimensional curve. Maybe (the 2d-projection of) a helix could be implemented as path effect?

see also:

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
su_v (suv-lp) on 2010-05-23
tags: added: livepatheffects shape-editing
Leon (leon-mintz) wrote :

"(the 2d-projection of) a helix" is exactly what I meant, because I want to make drawing such as:

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

In the meantime you can draw an approximated spring like in 'SpringsInParallel.svg' using the pen tool (see attached SVG file).

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :
su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

The path effect 'Pattern along Path' can also be used to draw spring-like objects (or helices): the dimensions of the used pattern have to correspond to the path effect parameter 'Spacing' in order to avoid gaps or overlaps at the base joints of the repeated patterns.

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