How to draw 3d cone and then flatten or extrude to 2d

Posted on 2006-05-05
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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.


Any ideas?

Question by:dspangenberg
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norrin_radd earned 1500 total points
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I think I remember how to draw these in just basic 2d.

check this pic out:


I'm pretty sure it will work. that 3d stuff is fun but not really nessary. Boy thats a blast from the past! forgot how much I like that kinda stuff.
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if that helps you out you may want to download post it somewhere permanent if you can I dont how long I'll keep it there.

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I think I can make it work with that. But in the process of digging around i found the coolest program to do this for me!

Cone Layout 2.0

This is an amazing program!

Thanks for the info
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thanks for the points, the concentric ones are really the easiest. that program looks pretty sweet, and probably cost effective in a production setting. but it sure is alot more fun to draw em out! ;)
I'm probably going to make that file a pdf instead of a pic, should have to begin with. and find a diffrent place to host it.

Thanks again.

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