Pattern in Minutes - Aluminum Boat Hull.
Here’s a quick demo on how to convert your 3D design into 2D production-ready patterns in five steps and ten minutes or less with ExactFlat.
Step 1. Design your boat in your 3D CAD tool or edit an existing model. Sample 3D models for all types of products are available in the GradCAD community library
Step 2. Prepare your model for flattening. In this examples we’ll use the ExactFlat Publisher Plugin for Autodesk Fusion 3D to cut or combine 3D faces from our model and then publish the 3D pieces. This step is integrated into the Flattening step if you're using SOLIDWORKS or Rhino 3D as your CAD tool. Just Click Here to see it in action.
Step 3. Open the published file in ExactFlat, Remesh the pieces to clean up the geometry and optimize compute performance then select them and move to the Flattening process
Step 4. Flattening is a two-step process
- First, use the Pre-Flatten tools to generate a rough version of your pattern,
- Next, optimize the pieces to reduce strain or sag
Finally, use the Arrange tools to create your pattern layout
Step 5. Once you have the pattern, you can add pattern features such as seams, notches or hardware callouts (zippers, buttons, snaps, etc...) then download the pattern pieces (DXF or PDF) for final edits or to use directly in your cutter or plotter.
And that’s it. ExactFlat provides a simple way to convert your real-world projects into production-ready materials in minutes. To learn more or to try it yourself just click on the link shown and ask to speak with one of our experts.
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