(Title courtesy of Arte Johnson, Rowan & Martin and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTd_73Slj3Q)
I was reading a story about stellerators and was fascinated by the sprialing toriadal magnetic fields; so I tried to create the shape.
I drew a circle and a bunch of points:
And then pulled them to a near complete toroid:
The idea was to use the much maliagned (by me) 'maintain connectivity' to hold one end of the circular lines fixed (to the small circle) while I rotated the other ends to produce the twist.
(I've used this technique with other shapes successfully)
But the results this time are...well, you have to see them to believe it:
Of course, there are other ways to achieve my goal.
- With a lot of faffing around with the parameters of the 'slinky' equation; and then a pattern (that won't let you create more that seven replications); and then a Move copy of the results I achieved this:which is okay except trying to get it to the sizes -- major and minor radii and number of replications -- is very hit and miss.
- The constrcution method:join the dots:which takes the patience of job
It is a toss up which is the quicker easier, but it would definitely be much easier if you could use Revolve Helix on a path!