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

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.

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Wrapping_a_cone_with_laminate.html

Any ideas?


dspangenbergAsked:
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norrin_raddCommented:
hey,
I think I remember how to draw these in just basic 2d.

check this pic out:

http://www.geocities.com/nor_rin_radd/images/stuff/notperm/CONE.jpg


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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norrin_raddCommented:
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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dspangenbergAuthor Commented:
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
http://www.pulserate.com/

This is an amazing program!

Thanks for the info
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norrin_raddCommented:
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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