I have been asked by a few of my customers to create a sphere shape out of sheet metal. I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to create this in Solidworks. I have been messinga around with this problem for a few days now and cant really find a good way to create this effect. I have a CNC plasma table and would like to leave it in as few of pieces as possible. I am thinking the best way to do this is to create an "orange peel" effect to flatten the sphere out. This image is similar to what I think is the best way to create the sphere. After cutting this shape out I would then be able to bend and weld it into shape.
I will need to be able to have the sphere shape in Solidworks and then be able to flatten it out for locating mounting holes and other miscellaneous items. Otherwise I would be able to just mathematically draw up the flat pattern simiallar to the image above and cut it out.
Please let me know if anyone knows a way to do this or has another ideas on a better way to create this shape.
Any feedback it very much apprechiated.
Southern Minnesota Fabrication Inc.