How to nest 3D cone in Autocad?
Very often when we are drawing some 3D model that need to be then produced in the machine. As you know we can’t produce 3d object directly to cnc, laser machine or similar things. When you are drawing some square it easier to calculate and nest it. But what to do if you need to nest and make some calculation with cone form object. That’s is very hard to calculate manually and unfortunately impossible to nest it in Autocad. In this post, you will learn how to do that in an easy way.
Probably you once faced with 3D cone nesting problem in Autocad and search a lot to find that tool which can do it. I will tell you bad news. In AutoCAD no any tool that can nest 3D cone and make it opened sheet.
Of course, you can calculate it using math and then draw it manually. I must say that this is very hard work and if you need nest a lot of cones then it will very long work.
To make your work easier I want to share you a little tool that can help you. I find this tool on the internet and it’s totally free. It has a very simple interface and it is Russian software but I will show you how you can use. In my computer, it doesn’t show any letter and instead of the letter, it shows a question mark.
In attached file, you will find 2 files. Put it in one folder and open DeW_cone.exe by click on it.
You will see software window. Below you can see the translation of it.
- Enter cone parameters in fields.
- Click on Calculate button. You will get a result on the right side of the window.
- Now you can export into Autocad script file. After clicking on Export in software folder you will see a file with a name that contains parameters that you entered.
4. Now open your Autocad and enter SCRIPT into command panel.
5. In opened window choose script file that you created with software and open it.
You will get nested cone drawing
As you can see we spend just 1 minute to get this nested cone drawing.
What additional information you can get from this software?
After clicking on calculate you will get the result of calculation on the right side of the software window. As all information in Russian I offering you translated version.
You can get Blank area and Nested area parameters. Also the weight of cone in different materials like Steel, Aluminum, and Copper.
If you’ll have any question please don’t hesitate to ask in comments.