With a view to generating a lazer/water jet cutting file, for example using 2 and 4mm thick material, I have created a model that resembles this exactly. For the sake of explaining the model, imagine a hollow cylinder with a 3m radius modelled wall thickness of 4mm as a solid closed poly surface. Then imagine small holes radiating the wall of the cylinder puncturing both the inner and outer face (kind of like the spoke holes in a bicycle wheel rim) of the 4mm thick material. When using the unroll tool, the inner and outer surface are different sizes based on the larger circumference of the outer face and as such do not align. With a view to lazer cutting the flat faced material with holes in it, is there a way of generating a cut file whilst navigating this difference of the material thickness as if it were a solid and not a shell with 4 faces?
If I only consider one of the faces I’m thinking that the cut will either be to big or to small. This gets more complicated when trying to layer multiple bands of material whilst aligning perforations.
And help much appreciated.