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Rope Drum / Rope Thread tutorial

Rope Drum / Rope Thread Tutorial

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Make a round thread pattern for a 3/4" dia. rope on the O.D. of a round bar using a 1/2" dia. round insert.

Known values:

15" major dia.
14.25" minor dia.
Thread height = 3/8" per side (3/8" radius).
Insert = 1/2" dia. round (1/4" radius).


  1. Determine the difference between the thread radius (3/8") and the tool radius (1/4").
  2. Multiply this difference by two (because we're drawing in Dia. mode).

    (3/8 - 1/4) x 2 = 1/4
  3. Create a point at the start of the thread for "Z"  and at the major dia. for "X".  In this case, Z-3.58, X15.0.
  4. Create a 1/4" dia. circle at that center point ( Z-3.58, X15.0).
  5. Create a point at 3 O'Clock on that circle (Z-3.58 + .125 = Z-3.455).
  6. *Select the point at 3 O'Clock and Modify, Duplicate and, 2D Rotate, 18 times @ 10Degs.
  7. **Create a Thread Process for each point on the circle.

* I used 10 degs. to prove this out.  Use any angle/quantity combination necessary.

** 1) On the Thread Menu make sure the Major Dia. is set to 15".  2) Hi-light the Minor Dia. field and ALT+Click the point at 3 O'Clock to input it's value into the Minor Dia's. field.  3) Hi-light the starting "Z" field and ALT+Click the same point (-3.455).  4) Hi-light the ending "Z" field and ALT+Click the same point and then modify that value to represent the end of the thread (-3.455 - 7 = -10.455).  5) Subtract a 1/2" from the Minor Dia's. value to force the tool tip to the correct diameter ( Minor Dia. value - [1/4" TNR x 2].

I alternated the thread passes from leading edge to trailing edge of the thread for each dia. step in order to make balanced cuts. 

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