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How to unfold 3D model (e.g. sheetmetal) into 2D?

A - answer This functionality is included in Autodesk Inventor. For AutoCAD or Mechanical Desktop you have to use some add-on application.

E.g. SPI Sheetmetal (www.spi.de) can unfold AutoCAD 3D solid models or MDT parametric models (or even lofted NURBS freeform surfaces) with all technological parameters for bending corrections, checks, etc.

You can also consider Litio 3D (www.litio3d.com.ar) or simple utilities like that from www.black-cad.de.

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1.2.2001    33545×  
applies to: AutoCAD · MDT · Inventor ·

See also:
Tip 12416:How to export DXF outline of unfolded sheetmetal in Fusion 360, with no bending lines.
Tip 12411:How to wrap text on a cylinder or a general 3D surface in Fusion 360?
Tip 12392:Export unfolds of sheetmetal parts to DXF - parameters for iLogic and VBA
Tip 12365:How to show color print (sketch) also on the sheetmetal flat pattern?
Tip 12237:UnfoldRS - unfold 3D surfaces to 2D in AutoCAD.


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