I have been given a series of 3D parts that are made out of a flexible material. I need to flatten them out so I can create an outline that a plotter can cut out. They were given to me in STEP so my first try was with SolidWorks, but I haven't had full luck with the flex tool as they bend in multiple directions so its difficult to do well. The surface flatten tool isn't available in this version of SolidWorks either.
My thoughts are to try blender now, since its free and quite powerful at this kind of thing.
Does anyone have any idea how to flatten out a curved object in blender? I can delete the edges to create a single surface if it helps.