It’s my first post here so hi to all…
I work for a sign making company and I’ve been researching how to model 3d curved text then unfold the surface for a sheet metal cut file. Cutting the faces is the easy bit, it’s the returns that are proving tricky in other programs.
I’ve been hugely impressed by the model capabilities of Rhino. It can definitely handle making the geometry we need. But can it produce the accurate cut files we need without extra plugins? There’s bits and bobs around about unfolding surfaces, but how precise are they? and it is a quick process? What features do I need to research?There’s not a huge amount about this out there so any leads on tutorials or simple naming the features i need to research would be very helpful
I’m pushing to upgrade our cad software from coreldraw to rhino, but the speed, flexibility and accuracy of the unfolding is going to be the deciding point.
The models are fairly simple. Extrude text curved around a spline.something like these:
Many Thanks, Howard