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Old Sep 07, 2014, 04:23 PM
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What to use for laying out fuselage skins?

I would like to create a flat pattern for cutting out thin skins for my fuselage. I have 2 formers that are elliptical in shape put each having different major and minor axes. Connecting the 2 formers are a number of longerons, along which the skin panels are cut.

I would like, naturally enough, as inexpensive as possible. I can create .dwg and /or .dxf files but only in @D. I don't currently have any 3D programs. Would prefer Linux compatible, but I do run XP in a VM so that's also doable.

Lastly, I could lay all this out by hand with light cardboard and then pdf it into my computer.
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Old Sep 07, 2014, 11:42 PM
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I ended up using Sketchup, and the Flattery plugin. Was a little bit of a pain to get to work, but is free.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2135533
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Old Sep 08, 2014, 04:38 AM
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Thanks. I'll give this a shot, see what happens.
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Old Sep 08, 2014, 01:58 PM
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If you're wanting to do this in CAD, DevFus can help.

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