I have a curved piece of acrylic in a design that is a section of a cone with 2 holes in it (for a structure to pass through), I need to try and flatten it for CNC machining.
Anyone know how?
AutoCAD has a FLATTEN command that will created a D object from a 3D view (I.E.. SW Isometric). Though this will not show the "true length" of the object. Unfortunately AutoCAD does not have the functionality for this.
Autodesk Inventor is a product that does contain the functionality to show a curved object in its true shape. You can download the free 30 day trial version from the following link: http://usa.autodesk.com/autodesk-inventor/trial/
To determine the true length of the object within AutoCAD, my suggestion would be to trace the arcs with a polyline. Through the properties window, you can determine the actual true length of said arc.
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