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How to create a flat pattern for a spherical surface

Question asked by Andrew Tremblay on Jan 14, 2010
Latest reply on Jan 15, 2015 by Alfred Neumann

We need to create a flat pattern (sketch) to properly design a label or fabric for a spherical surface. We've tried to use sheet metal but as far as we can tell its not possible to create sphere with this method. Any ideas on how to translate spherical shapes into flat patterns?