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"Unfolding" a circular surface to a planar surface ?
markusiuell posted a topic in Autodesk InventorHi, I have a problem I can't seem to solve I have two pipes, installed eccentrically. The pipes will be perforated (made holes in) perpendicularly to the inner pipe axis. The perforations have a known phasing and density that will be true for the inner pipe. But due to the eccentricity of the pipes, the holes in the outer pipe will be random. What I want do do is to use Inventor to "unfold" the outer/larger pipe surface OD, to trace the holes down to a flat plane or surface. Then the plan is to print out this flat surface on a paper, wrap it aroud the pipe and drill the holes manually. Please find attached pdf that will help you understand my frustration. Can you help me with this? Please ask if you have any questions. casings.pdf