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How to flatten 3D curved surface?

How to flatten 3D curved surface?

Hello all,

Am trying to find a way to flatten a 3d curved surface of a pipe bend. It has a split down the middle to break and am looking to find the flattened shape.

flatten.jpg

Any ideas or thoughts greatly appreciated.

3 REPLIES 3

Re: How to flatten 3D curved surface?

Try to convert it to sheetmetal and then use the flattening feature.

Not sure if it will work, though.

Re: How to flatten 3D curved surface?

Sheet metal won't flatten that. You can try the flatten quilt feature, but I doubt that's going to give good results either.

This is a geometry problem, not a CAD problem. This is not 'flattenable' geometry. No matter what it will have to be stretched or compressed to produce a flattened surface.

What are you trying to get by flattening it?

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Doug Schaefer | Engineering Manager
Crow Works

Re: How to flatten 3D curved surface?

Hi Andrew

It is not possible create correct straight surface from your model - because flattening is in two directions:

2D-deformation.JPG

Regards,

Vladimir

Best Regards,
Vladimir Palffy