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creating hole template from dome surface

Question asked by Patrick Sheehan on Oct 7, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 11, 2015 by Patrick Sheehan

hey all,

 

Our client has provided us with a 3d model of a dome that they are building and asked to cut out the holes as required. What I want to do is create a 1mm sheet metal template with 5 elliptical holes in it that I can position on top dead centre and fold over on the dome so that we can scribe the holes and cut through precisely where they have to go. Where I am coming unstuck is that I can't work out a way to produce a sketch based on these holes, that I will be able to flatten out and export to the laser cutter.

 

Does anyone have any ideas or pointers? I've done a fair bit of googling but haven't come up with much. Attached is the solidworks part file.

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