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Making a flat projection from a loft

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05-01-2012 11:57 AM



Please excuse the fact that this may be more simple than I am making it, but I have been working with inventor for a couple months. I am still getting the hang of it.


Anyhow, I made this part, which is a loft consisting of five symetric squares. I plan on laser cutting each side, which would be exactly the same. 


I can't seem to figure out how to make a flat projection of one of the sides. I have tried in sheet metal, but I don't use that feature in my line of work. 


Any help would be appreciated!





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Re: Making a flat projection from a loft

05-01-2012 01:06 PM in reply to: simons.jason

Hi! Inventor is capable of unfolding certain spline geometry. Unfortunately, the one you created using Loft is not supported, while Lofted Flange only supports two sections.

There might be other ways to do it but I have found a way to create the desirable geometry with relatively few features. Please take a look at attached part. Let me know if you have any question.



Johnson Shiue (
Principal SQA Engineer, Inventor
Mechanical Design
Autodesk, Inc.

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Re: Making a flat projection from a loft

05-01-2012 01:23 PM in reply to: johnsonshiue

Thanks, That is exactly what I was looking for!

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