How can we get the approximate length of a bended pipe?

What are the possible features in SW to flattened this pipe in order to get the approximate length for the Bill of Materials?

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you can use the path length dimension tools to get the exact length of the pipe, it is found in the smart dimension tool just click the drop down menu the select the path length dimension

 
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thanks guys....it gives me more idea to get the exact length without flattening the pipe...if you don't mind guys...
i just want to add some questions just to prove this topic.
Is it possible to make this curve form pipe into a straight one?
Please guys...if you have an idea, kindly send me what features or techniques you may share to prove this..thanks very much..

 
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Will i don't think so if solidworks can do that but if there is a way then please share it.

 
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In 2D. To find the length of a curved surface (s) you require the radius (r) and the included angle (in radians), as in: s = r.theta
Of course solidworks can add them all up for you easily (sometimes making a drawing and dimensioning from there is easier) but the basic relation above is easy to derive and works when you don't have a solidworks handy!

 
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