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How to model "tape" on a reel

Question asked by Simon Wells on Sep 8, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 9, 2014 by Doug Seibel

Hello,

I wondered if someone could assist me or point me in the right direction.

 

I have a flat "tape" modelled, which has formed punched pockets in it, imagine blister pack type pockets wound around a hub.
What I am trying to do, is model the tape as if it is coiled up on a reel so that I can calculate the total length of material that is wound on to a Hub based on certain maximum diameter sizes.
If the material is flat, then we can work this out simply as it is just the number of pockets x pocket pitch over a given length, however, I do not know what the length would be when it is wound around a hub.

 

Is there a way to take this model and make it coil to calculate the length?

We have spoken to our SW reseller and they do not know how to do it.

 

Attached is an image of some tape coiled up as a reference.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

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