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How to project/unroll a cylindrical surface onto a plane.

Question asked by Julian Fesel on Feb 24, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 24, 2017 by Julian Fesel

I have a model of a cylindrical vacuum chamber with several holes and need to project the whole inner surface of the long part to a plane ("unroll it"). Is there a way to do this in solidworks?

What I want to end up in the end is a sketch of the positions and shapes of the holes that I could use to manufacture a sheet, that when roled to a cylinder exactly matches the geometry of the chamber inside.