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Film covering?

adrian_10adrian_10 Member Posts: 10
Hi Guys, on RC models using the built up balsa technique we cover the wings with a heat shrink plastic film. 

is there any way of replicating this in onshape?




  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,026 PRO
    Model is as a surface, that should work but you will have to add each bit with extrudes, lof, etc. No magic button to shrink wrap that I know of although I am sure someone may have or could create a feature script. 
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  • michael_krugermichael_kruger Member Posts: 1
    Hi there,

    This is slightly unrelated to film covering, but I am also trying to design a sheeted balsa model aircraft.

    I was wondering if you have found a nice way to design a sheeted model, and then create
    a flattened out template (or pattern) to know how to cut the balsa?

  • david_gregorydavid_gregory Member Posts: 9 PRO
    This feature would be useful for a bunch of use cases!
  • matthew_stacymatthew_stacy Member Posts: 25 PRO
    @michael_kruger I just recently started messing around with Exact Flat (https://www.exactflat.com/online).  This software is designed to do what you described.  Export a SURFACE model (not solid) from Onshape.  Flatten the curved surface in Exact Flat, and then export a dxf of the flat pattern. 

    There is an Exact Flat app  within Onshape.  But you can also log into Exact Flat directly.


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