Engraved lines on non-planar surfaces on Solidworks

Hi to all, i'm a manufacturer of resin accessories for modellers (mainly aircraft) and use SW with good results, I would like to in the future also design and build complete models of aircraft in scale but until now have not been able to find a system to track the features engraved panel lines with precision on complex surface like the fuselage, I enclose some CAD images of mainstream manufacturers, for example, I know that using other types of software such as NX or Catia and so I think that SW is not suitable for this purpose. The final work, as all of my products, it will be printed on rapird prototyping machines.
Thanks for your patience.

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Thanks but I already tried all the features several times, projections, spline on surface, wrap etc.etc. maybe it could work a workaround composed of various functions, one of the problems is that these panels must be positioned precisely with measures.

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Hm, than let us try something very unconventional. If you mark on the surface the contour that you need by using the "split line" than you will have a "template" of the future engraved line. The second step is to make a 3D-Sketch with a spline which follows the line of the split line. The third step is to insert a plane (connected to the spline). On this plane can you generate a circle (i don't know how is the behavior of a quadrangle, twisted trajectory perhaps). Now can you cut the circle along the spline.

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you can use the Split Line feature, in SolidWorks

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