So I need to model a spiral that will unravel in a different different direction at one end. Turns out this is a huge pain in the ass - especially since the spiral shaft is not perfectly round, but instead a semicircle. Get the picture?
Had it been a simple spiral I’d have used the screw modifier and been done with it ages ago.
Spent all day on it yesterday and while I’ve learned some new things in the process I have no answers yet.
I tried using a curve and modelling along the curve path with the Bevel & Taper method.
There are two problems with this though. I can’t get a spiral as perfectly shaped as the ones the Screw modifier generates. But most importantly I can’t control the direction in which the semicircle pivots along the curve path.