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Wrapping a curve onto a sphere


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I am trying to wrap a datum curve consisting of text onto a spherical surface. When I select the spherical surface I get an error message saying the surface can't be developed. I can wrap the curve onto an extruded surface.<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

Any ideas please, or perhaps a work around?

Many thanks



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Try a toroidal bend. It doesn't wrap the curve onto the surface, but it can bend the curve into the shape of a sphere.

Good Luck


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Hi guys

I suggest you a simpler way of doing that. Choose this option:


This option allow you to easily project text on sphere. But be carefull of selection of sketch plane, directionand surface of projection because text could be reversed.

Hope it help



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agree w/ mmead0ws...toroidal bend is more robust since you can reference the 2D outline of the sphere as the profile of the bend


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You can't use the Wrap feature on a sphere because it isn't possible to do, without changing the lengths of edges. The wrap feature is similar to try to put a piece of paper on a surface. If the paper can be applied without wrinkling, then a wrap feature will work. If the paper would wrinkle, then the wrap feature cannot be done. Basically, the surface needs to be cylindrical or conical or even an extruded section.


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you can rather try project on surface option. then cut or extrude the text as you like.


first create an offset datum plane & sketch your text on it. then use project on surface.

try &

tell me the result