I think you are all brilliant. Your tools have saved me countless hours of manual work. THANK YOU!
We manufacture lighting and I have been searching for an extension that would do just this! Building an extension is beyond me, but boy would this be useful. We have a plasma, cnc router and a laser in our operation. I design on Sketchup and can share concepts with clients quickly which we love. We now have taken the next step to flattening out designs to create cutting path dxf files, but that is a lot of time that seems like it could be automated. Unwrap and Flatten Faces Extension seems to bring us part of the way. We have been using SketchuCam very successfully for direct export of Gcode to run the router on. That is a really nice piece of work that they have really kept up with and expanded in a clear, user-friendly way.
Thomthom: we are trying to develop the ability to make boxes parametrically that can unfold and be cut on the laser (nested automatically, hopefully). I was thinking it might be done through dynamic components where we could enter the height, width, and length of the box and then the thickness of the material and preferred range of width of fingers that would then create a 3d box with interlocking finger joints. Then press a button and have the faces lay out on a defined sheet size.
If anyone is close on this extension that would get us a long way to that goal. I can think of a bunch of uses for something like this.