Always use caution with lofted bends!!!!!
I remember looking at the lofted bend feature to help automate our auger flighting design, but its results were no where close to what our flat pattern designs from trial and error. I never looked into it much further.
I used to work at a place where we made LOTS of augers mostly for the feed mixing industry (for feedlots and dairies). Our augers had some pretty heavy flighting ranging from .25" to .75" thick and up to 36" in outside diameter.
These heavy augers used sectional flighting, flighting made one pitch at a time. The flat pattern was just a large washer or donut shape with a pie section cutout. That flat pattern is then put in a press in which the top and bottom die is pretty much just a section of flighting. The operator would handle the workpiece, bending a small section of the flight with each stroke of the press. A very simple and inexpensive operation, really, but the process took a lot of skill and experience on the operator's part to know how to manipulate the workpiece and press.
We used some simple formulas and rules of thumb to calculate the shape of the flat pattern. In almost every case, the flat was a trial and error process: cut the flat, bend it, modify the flat, try again.
Furthermore, material, thickness, and shape of the auger (many had notches or holes for mounting knives on the OD) could drastically affect the bending process and flat pattern dimensions.