ExactFlat Online Publisher

ExactFlat Online Publisher

Win64, English

Tri-D Technologies
Automatically export 3D Autodesk® Fusion 360™ Models to ExactFlat Online for 2D Flattening and Pattern Making

General Usage Instructions

The Workflow for ExactFlat Online 3D to 2D Flattening is documented in simple-to-follow video tutorials found in the online Help system. The User Interface layout also follows a sequential left-to-right path making it easy for users to determine the next step after any operation. Once users have a model in Fusion 360 the process is as follows

1. Create 3D Pieces from faces in Fusion and Publish the 3D pieces (via the Plugin) for flattening in ExactFlat Online

2. Flatten the 3D pieces into 2D flat pattern pieces with ExactFlat Online

◦ Select the Pieces to Flatten
◦ Refine the Piece Mesh for improved accuracy and flattening performance
◦ Flatten the piece with a single mouse click or touch on your tablet
◦ View the resulting flat pieces and Optimize areas of high strain or sag
◦ Add Seams and Notches to your pieces then arrange them for plotting

3. Download the pattens and edit or send directly to your cutter. (subscription required)

Screenshots

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

Install:

The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store has already installed the app/plug-in.

OR, simply double-click the MSI to install the app.

 

Uninstall:

You can unload the add-in without uninstalling it by clicking the "Stop" button when the add-in is selected in the list box on the "Add-Ins" tab of the "Scripts and Add-Ins" dialog.

Unchecking "Run on Startup" causes the add-in not to be loaded in future sessions of Autodesk® Fusion 360™.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button.

OR, you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8/8.1/10), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system.

Additional Information

View the Getting Started video to see a walkthrough of the Flattening process.

ExactFlat Online can only flatten surfaces.  Please make sure you do not publish enclosed volumnes (ex. sphere or cube with no cuts) for use with ExactFlat Online.

ExactFlat OnLine Version 2 (the oringial solution) retires on Sept 30, 2016.  Please make sure you have a NEW account on ExactFlat OnLine Version 3 before attempting to use the plugin.  Please visit www.exactflat.com/online, click the "upgrade to V3.0" link and then "Register." to get a new account.  

Known Issues

Faces must exist in the same "bodies" in the Fusion model in order to be combined into pieces with the ExactFlat Online Plugin.

Large models (more than 8,000 triangles) can not be read by ExactFlat Online.  Please use the Mesh size controls in the "Publish" tools to reduce the mesh if needed.

Contact

Company Name: Tri-D Technologies
Support Contact: support@exactflat.com

Author/Company Information

Tri-D Technologies

Support Information

Contact the ExactFlat support team via email at support@exactflat.com or by loggin problems or questions using the Suppot Ticket feature found in ExactlFat Online. Always include your part or a screen shot of the error message as well as your computer and browser type to help expidite support.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

3.1.3

3.0.0 - Updated to support direct integration between Fusion 360 and ExactFlat OnLine version 3 3.0.1 - Fix to unit scaling after publish 3.0.2 - Fix issues when bodies or pieces are deleted (FogBugz Case 3878) 3.1.0 - Fixes face selection issue reported Oct 1, 2017. Adds "Publish to Desktop" option. 3.1.3 - Add controls for published mesh size and addresses issues caused by small gaps or duplicate faces created during CAD file translation
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