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Sheet Metal Model - Curved Surface

james_bonneyjames_bonney Member Posts: 10

I started making a geometrically abstracted fire hydrant out of surfaces. I simplified the form with the intent of creating a sheet metal model and a flat pattern. BUUT The curved surfaces do not want to participate in the sheet metal model. (The green surfaces are all independent of the larger sections of the model - thought that might be a work around, by reducing complexity?)

I have done some searching in the forum, but can't seem to find an answer that will help me make progress with this project as it is currently modeled. I know there are limitation to the sheet metal model script, but I thought it would be able to flatten a constant curve between two parallel edges.

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  • eric_pestyeric_pesty Member Posts: 574 PRO
    Answer ✓
    You modeled the curved sections with a loft, which is not something that can be "unfolded".
    You should be able to create something very similar using a "revolve" instead (and a trimming the sides from a top view so it tapers). That should be able to unfold.
  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 581 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If you want to achieve using loft you need to use a lot of straight sections since there is not a loft feature yet.

    I was able to get a dome shape and flat pattern and of course the smaller and more polygon/straight sections you use the smother it gets.

    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • eric_pestyeric_pesty Member Posts: 574 PRO
    edited August 11 Answer ✓

    Here's what I was talking about earlier if you still want a smooth curve in one direction, each "face" of the model is in one piece:


  • james_bonneyjames_bonney Member Posts: 10
    Thanks! @eric_pesty That is a key piece of information I was unaware of and your example is great! It's exactly what I was hoping to achieve.

    Thanks! @[email protected]_lagrange This is a good solution in an instance where a loft is absolutely necessary.
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