I need to cut with CNC some skins for a half-cone shaped frame (skin in plastic laminate and veneer). Does anybody know a way to do this in AutoCAD, and not Inventor? I would like to build 3D solid models and then unfold or flatten to 2D skin, which I can then cut on CNC. I know there are some very expensive AutoCAD add-ons for sheet metal industry. I hope somebody can share some cheaper solutions.
From contributor C:
Check into Solidworks with CAMWorks for the CNC. I think that Solidworks has a menu for sheet metal.