I have been attempting to “flatten/unroll/unwrap” my 3D models with not much success. Essentially, I need a way to get a 2D representation of the exterior surface. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to accomplish such a task?
I have a very large set of these to do this operation to which is why I am trying to come up with as simple/repeatable of a set of steps as possible. Here is an example file if that helps anyone. Is there actually not a simple way to do what I am asking?
Do you want to unroll the parts without distortion? If so then the parts must have developable shapes. That is due to how geometry works, not a software limitation. If the parts have developable shapes the UnrollSrf should work,
If distortion from flattening is okay then try Smash or Squish.
This looks really interesting. Would you mind sharing your method? What operations/functions were used? Did you make this from the file I posted and if so what kind of modifications were necessary to the geometry?
First, you need to forget what you saw in the inventor vid (apart from one small detail that I’ll mention later).
If you want a developable/unfoldable surface, you can’t use a solid or surface with “thickness”.
And sesond, to UnrollSrf your model you’d have to remodel it using single face surfaces as the outside most face of your pipes/ducts to create “clean” geometry. The elbows would have to be like Diego mentioned if you want those, otherwise you can’t get a proper flat pattern for those. You’ll also need to make sure you have a seam on cylindrical and conical parts so Rhino knows which edges to unroll as edges (just like there was one in your inventor vid).
I assume you know the radii and lengths of your pipe/duct work. The easiest way would be to model them using those numbers rather than doctor your existing polysurfaces. Remember, for proper unfolding you need to have “clean”/well defined geometry.