I am making a new stainless holder for the family's fire pit as the old mild steel one has rusted out.
I have looked at some manufacturing videos and it seems the easiest way to make these (for low runs) is metal spinning. I know I can send the final model to the manufacturer and let them work out what piece to start with, however I'd like to know how to work out the blank/flat pattern size myself and how to model it in Solidworks.
Does anyone know how I should be approaching this? Should I create a form tool for it, or model it from the sheetmetal toolbox somehow?