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Unfold 3d objects

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I would like to see an "unfold" option that would take my 3d object and "unfold" it into a flat pattern. For metal working and other malleable materials (ie paper/cardstock)this could prove quite useful.

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For $795, I don't see Touchcad to be appealing to a lot of VW users. For my own 'unfolding' tasks, I would either turn to Pepakura (http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/) or Sketchup (with the free unfold plugin).

Or if it's just a simple shape, you can also use the Align Plane tool.

ariel

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A while back, MiniCad had this file in its library of "Goodies". It uses scripting to generate a flat cutout pattern, for folding into boxes of various dimensions. I have found some very useful applications for this in various package designs. But no one seems to have developed it any further, as it is limited to a six sided box with flaps. It still intrigues me to see the box pattern perform an animated fold and unfold.

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I have wanted this for ages and have actually created 2 plugins to do this. However I am a self made programmer and so my plugins are a little limited. I have taken to exporting my models in 3DS format then opening them in Pepakura to do the unfolding. If you want to try my plugins you are welcome. just email me b.wagner@ozemail.com.au

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Have just made a discovery in 12.5.3 that has helped me solve a problem that occured when going from 10.5 to 12.5 So If anyone is interested email me.

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Very generous of you, Bob --- thanks for sharing. I can confirm that the plugins work in VW2008 as well.

NNA can now put this item at the bottom of the wishlist as far as I'm concerned.

Ariel

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