Step 4: Convert Into a Net Using 123D Make

Import the model of your gift box into 123D Make and use the "Panel" feature to deconstruct it into a series of, well, panels. You can choose what sort of joinery you want to use at all of the seams, but I recommend using "rivets" or "lace", both of which will leave a series of holes that can be used to tie the panels together.

While you're using this software you can select "View parts layout" at any time to see exactly what your final jigsaw puzzle of a gift box will look like. If it's looking intimidatingly complex, you can go back and simplify your model slightly. If you're happy with the results, then output it as an EPS vector file.
amazing i could not wrap a gift properlaly this looks a lilltle easier
PenfoldPlant,<br>You are driving me crazy with envy! I want to use 123D make. I'm all set drawings ready to start the btest build iterations, but I can't use 123D Make on my PC and even if I could your pre-release version has features I couldn't access anyway. I only have access to the online version witch I don't want to downplay too much, it is stupendus, but I'm unable to load my STL files (may be a personal problem). <br>Your projects are beautiful, but your blog is frustrating as your methods are just out of my reach. But dont stop. I'll learn to live with the pain until 123 Make is PC ready with all the glorious functions you have used. <br>Looking forward to more great ibles from you!

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