We are a digital printing company and have a job cover a tapered cylinder with graphics. The shape is basically a cone with the top chopped off.
I am trying to draw the cone in a cad program and then flatten or render it as a 2d object which should give me the curves and angle and shape to print my graphics in.
I have access to Autocad 2006 or TurboCad.
I am a cad newbie, but have been able to draw the objects in 3d. I just don't know the procedure or command to convert it to a 2d shape.
This link talks a bit about how to do it mathematically, but even they can't seem to agree on the correct formula.