I'm designing some sculptures based on intersecting cones at different angles using AutoCAD 2002 "solids" tools. I'd like to fabricate my models from sheet steel. Is there an AutoCAD routine which will "unwrap" a selected 3D surface into a 2D pattern, so that I can then cut this pattern out of steel and bend it to recreate the 3D model.
Also, reversing the above process, is there a routine which will allow you to take a 2D surface in AutoCAD and allow you to apply it and "wrap it around" a solid of defined dimensions ?
If there's an existing AutoCAD command, downloadable LISP routine or a3rd party software package that will do this, , I would be most interested to know.
Many thanks in anticipation