Inductor styles

Hello, friends, once more.

I guess this is an easy one for you, I would like to know how to get both styles for the inductor, like in the picture. I like both, but specially the first one. Thanks in advance. I have not found this specific issue, I know the second one is gotten by [cute inductor] but not a clue about the first one.

  • You should check if your questions have an answer and, in that case, apart from upvoting (in case you think the answer deserves it) accept them (clicking the green tick).
    – Manuel
    Nov 13 '14 at 19:36
  • Hello, could you please provide a minimal working example (MWE)? You seem to know how to place an inductor and you just want to change the style.
    – yo'
    Nov 13 '14 at 19:41
  • \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz,american} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) to[cute inductor] (0,3) ; \end{tikzpicture} \end{document}
    – mov0021
    Nov 13 '14 at 20:52
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    Please always provide a fully compilable MWE in the question rather than in the comments. What you have in the comment above will not compile. Nov 13 '14 at 21:47

You can specify the desired symbol via the options:

enter image description here


    \draw (0,0) to[cute inductor] (3,0) ; 
    \node [below=5pt] at (1.5,0) {cute inductor};
    \draw (4,0) to[american inductor] (7,0) ; 
    \node [below=5pt] at (5.5,0) {american inductor};
  • Sorry about the wrong-placed code. I lost a code where the first inductor was drawn, this one is based on semicircles and I like it a lot, if I had it, I definitely share it. American inductor as in your example is too bland to my tastes... I hope you get a clue on how to help me, no one else has been able to solve this issue. It is not a big deal, but I would like to know how to do things better. Thanks in advance, @PeterGrill.
    – mov0021
    Nov 14 '14 at 2:03

I'm not sure if it helps, but here is a solution for the first symbol without circuitikz. I adjusted the symbol I normally use slightly to be able to let the semicircles go on for more than 180 degrees.


    inductor/.style args={#1}{
        allow upside down,
        minimum height=4mm,
        minimum width=10mm,
        path picture={%
            \draw[white] (-4.5mm,0) -- (4.5mm,0);
            \draw[line join=bevel] (-5mm,0)-- (-4mm,0)
                arc (180:-\addangle:\radius)
                arc (180+\addangle:-\addangle:\radius)
                arc (180+\addangle:-\addangle:\radius)
                arc (180+\addangle:0:\radius)
                -- (5mm,0);

        \draw (0,0) -- node[inductor]{} ++(2,0) node[right]{\verb|inductor|};
        \draw (0,-1) -- node[inductor={0}]{} ++(2,0) node[right]{\verb|inductor={0}|};

This is the result: enter image description here


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