How to make bends on a cylinder in Solidworks?

I am beside myself trying everything I know to build this shape into a sheet metal part. I have drawn it a as a part file an have built it out of brass shim stock.
Part thickness 0.005"
Can anyone help or give advice.

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You need a flat zone wherever you need to place a bend out of the main cylinder.

In the attached pic, all the highlighted areas are 'planar' chord segments embedded in the overall curvature of the part.

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Please see my attached part file, you should be able to modify it to make your part. It unfolds no problem.

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