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FS sketch wrapper and trying to unwrap a cone surface

Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 110 ✭✭✭
I was exploring FS Sketch wrapper and ran across some oddness I would like to try to understand. Here's a test file.


Some questions: 

In Part Studio 1:
I made a 1/2 cone surface and copied it twice to right of the origin. The second one was rotated by 90 deg, and the far right one was rotated by only 45 deg.

1) Why is the unwrapped surface of the second one still in the same orientation as the first? Or, why isn't the unwrapped surface turned 90 deg similar to how the surface it comes from is rotated? (The unwrap is working here, but is there anything that determines orientation of the unwrapped surface?)
2) The third one seem to break, but why?

In Part Studio 2:

3) Any idea what's causing unwrap to not work here? When flattened these should be making a surface that's donut like with a slice/wedge removed, correct?
Also while messing with this at one point I got it to break or create the correct unwrapped surface simply by moving the position of the cone a few units to the right or left. Unfortunately wasn't able to reproduce that again later.

cc: @konstantin_shiriazdanov

Is this the correct tool to be using to unwrap a cone?


  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2022

    It seems to be working pretty good
    The only thing I see is that the flattened arcs are longer by 3 thousandths

    And I believe you need a break in your cone for it to consistently flatten
    As such, I only revolved 359 degrees
    You could try 359.999 and see if that works


  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭✭

    After the unwrap, I made another sketch to determine the radii sizes of the flat shape, using the 3 point arc tool
    Seems Solidworks needs to also do this, at least for the inside arc

  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 110 ✭✭✭
    @steve_shubinThank you for having a look.  I opened your file and it looks fine to me. I tried to recreate what you did in a third part studio in my file linked above and it doesn't work for me. Ack, I don't see why it's breaking for me.

    I'm also still totally confused why in my first example above rotating the part to unwrap 90 worked seemed to work, but rotating 45 degrees broke it.

  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2022


    So I took your document and modified it as detailed below

    Sketch 1, the only construction line is for the axis for the revolve

    The angular dimension was from the slanted line to the top plane

    And the bottom of the slanted line is horizontal to the origin

    I also gave a dimension to the length of the slanted line, rather than measuring from the axis to the top of the slanted line

    I changed as mentioned above in your Part Studio 3, and bingo — it worked no problem

    I’m thinking, the less lines you use to make your cone, the better. At least that’s what it seems like to me. And MAYBE it’s best to not let any construction lines touch the line that’s going to be making the revolve. Just a guess

    As far as the mate connector, I used the Multimate Connector featurescript, which was made by the same guy that made Sketch Wrapper — Konstantin

  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 110 ✭✭✭
    I have tried making cones (drawing/constraining/dimensioning) a variety of ways and can't really see why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
    I hear what you're saying, but there doesn't seem like there should be any need to use the FS Multimate (thank you for pointing that FS out though) vs a standard OS mate created from the tool bar beforehand vs creating the mate directly from within the Sketch wrapper FS dialog box. And I wouldn't expect normal lines vs construction lines, or the number touching, or how it's constrained/dimensioned should have anything to do with it either.

    These are very simple test cases here and since 
    I've seen success and failure both ways it seems very inconsistent for me. Again I do appreciate you having a look! Thank you. :)  It would be cool if Konstantin could share any thoughts or insight.
  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭✭

    I had a problem with another CAD program about six months ago. I had to rub the belly of that program in a very particular way in order to get the menus to work. Once I double clicked the icon to start the app, I could not touch the mouse at all until the program fully booted. That’s the only way I can get the menus to work

    So, let me ask this one thing. That Part Studio 3 of yours that I modified, is that working OK ?

    If it is, then as wacky as my suggestions sound, and they do sound wacky even to me, but as wacky as they may sound, you may try using the exact procedure that I detailed when you go to make and unwrap your next cone

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help

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