Calculating The Pre-form Length of a Bent Tube

I recently saw a problem on the Inventor Forum, where a user had a bent tube that they had modelled up. They needed to calculate the pre-form length.

In this instance they were not using Tube & Pipe, my solution was to use the Sheet Metal environment to extract the flat shape, the video below explains the process.

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There are other things that they could have tried, like simply measuring the length of the sketch, but this does not take material deformation into account. I think that the sheet metal option I used it the best was to go about this, what are your thoughts