# Difference in Diameter calculation using Solidworks and manually

When I try to create a flat form of a archimedes screw using Solidworks it gives me a diameter different from what is calculated manually basically using a Pythagoras Theorem. Can anyone explain the reason as to what is used by any 3D Software in order to calculate the diameter and essentially what factors am I assuming when I calculate using the pythagoras theorem only.

I tried to calculate a screw with pitch- 400mm, OD - 400mm and Id - 268mm
Using Pythagoras theorem gives me a OD - 430mm and ID - 297mm circle
whereas Solidworks gives a OD - 450mm and ID - 318mm circle.

• I'm not familiar with these jargon, 'Id, OD, ...' could you please edited it up to a bit and please add at least a screenshot of your CAD showing us how you use smart dimension. Sep 12 '18 at 13:48
• OD is outer diameter and ID is internal diameter... Sep 12 '18 at 14:07
• if you could show your working with an appropriate diagram we may be able to help Sep 12 '18 at 14:16
• i bet the software is just calculating a diffdrent thing than you think its calculating Sep 12 '18 at 14:46
• When you are using solidworks' sheet metal tools, you should specify the material as I believe it uses this information to help it generate the flat pattern, based on the deformation behaviour of the material. Sep 13 '18 at 17:14