Parameterized Propeller

Author: DMeyer, published on 2013-10-27

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Summary

This is a prop with hub developed in Openscad. I did this to find a method by which a prop could be designed in Openscad. It is still a work in progress and I do not pretend to be an expert in prop design. There might be another way to do this, it is rather complex, but it works and is a manifold.

The X axis iterates from the center out. At each Xn paired with Xn+1 verticies are calculated. The trick is to make sure the next iteration has the inside vertices exactly the outside of the previous. That way Openscad recognizes the polys as a manifold. The assign statements clean up the inside loop dependent variables.

The hub is a seperate part where the prop sits in a cylindrical cutout for stress relief.

Update – Working the math the way I did with this it is tough to keep it manifold. I just uploaded another project that could be applied to this that gets around the problem.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:856452

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Tags: parameterized, prop, propeller