How to Use Cone Layout Version 2.0.5 for Sheet Metal Fabrication
If you are looking for a software that can help you create flat pattern layouts of various types of cones, you might want to check out Cone Layout Version 2.0.5. This program can unfold a frustum of a cone and generate a sheet cutting layout or flat pattern projection that can be rolled or bend up into a truncated cone shape[^1^]. You can also use it to create multi-level concentric or eccentric cones, tori cones with knuckle radius at one or both ends, and full or half cones[^2^].
In this article, we will show you how to use Cone Layout Version 2.0.5 for sheet metal fabrication. We will cover the following topics:
How to download and install Cone Layout Version 2.0.5
How to enter the dimensions and parameters of your cone
How to view and edit the 3D model and the flat pattern layout of your cone
How to print or export the flat pattern layout of your cone
How to use the minimization routine to reduce the amount of wasted material
How to Download and Install Cone Layout Version 2.0.5
To download Cone Layout Version 2.0.5, you need to visit the official website of the program at https://www.conelayout.com/. There, you can find a link to download a free trial version or purchase a full version of the program. The trial version has some limitations, such as a maximum cone height of 500 mm and a maximum number of levels of 3[^1^]. The full version costs $30 and has no limitations[^1^].
After downloading the setup file, you need to run it and follow the instructions on the screen to install Cone Layout Version 2.0.5 on your computer. The program requires Microsoft Windows 95 or later[^1^]. The installation process is quick and easy, and you can start using the program right away.
How to Enter the Dimensions and Parameters of Your Cone
To start creating your cone, you need to launch Cone Layout Version 2.0.5 and select the type of cone you want to make from the drop-down menu at the top left corner of the main window. You can choose from full cone, truncated cone, multi-level cone, eccentric cone, multi-level eccentric cone, tori cone with knuckle at large end, or tori cone with knuckle at both ends[^1^]. Depending on your choice, you will see different input fields for entering the dimensions and parameters of your cone.
For example, if you choose truncated cone, you will need to enter the large diameter (D), small diameter (d), height (H), and angle (Î) of your cone[^1^]. If you choose multi-level cone, you will also need to enter the number of levels (N) of your cone[^2^]. If you choose tori cone with knuckle at large end, you will also need to enter the knuckle radius (R) at the large end[^2^]. You can enter these values in metric units (mm) or imperial units (inch) by selecting the appropriate option from the drop-down menu at the top right corner of the main window.
You can also adjust some other settings for your cone, such as seam angle (Ï), overlap (O), bend allowance (B), bend radius (r), material thickness (T), and material density (Ï)[^1^]. These settings affect how your cone will be cut and formed from a sheet of metal. You can find more information about these settings in the help file or by clicking on the question mark icons next to each input field.
How to View and Edit the 3D Model and the Flat Pattern Layout of Your Cone
After entering all the required dimensions and parameters for your cone, you can click on the Calculate button at the bottom left corner of the main window to generate a 3D model and a flat pattern layout of your cone. You can see these results in two separate tabs: 3D View and Flat Pattern.