3D models are great gifts for kids and adults! Learn how to make a wooden 3D model from any picture for a gift or just for yourself!
What did you make?
I made wooden model of an Apache helicopter. I originally made it as a gift to my younger brother but thought I would go ahead and make an instructable! Since it is just a model it doesn't really do much except sit there and look really cool! The materials I used were a laser cutter (thanks to my awesome job! and boss), wood, and the Corel Draw program.
How did you make it?
I am the new laser operator at the place I work (Creative Pewter Designs) and my boss gave me a key to the building and told me to practice making stuff and cutting it out with the laser cutter. I have started to cut many things and got the idea to make this when Christmas was coming up. I had not got anything for my younger brother so I thought he might like it if I cut him something.
Basically, I took an image I found online of an Apache and traced it on the program CorelDRAWX4. I then made different layers for the model so that it would have a 3D look. I also added some detail to each of the pieces which I think made it look a whole lot better (my little brother thought so too!) After I had finished all of the pieces I cut them out with the laser and assembled it to make sure it all went together well, then I dis-assembled it, wrapped it up, and gave it to my brother.
Where did you make it?
I did most of the work at home. But then when I had completed drawing all of the pieces I had to finish the rest at work and cut it out there. Since it was a gift for my little brother I brought it home and helped him assemble it after he opened it on Christmas.
What did you learn?
I learned how to make a 3D model from wood. I wasn't following any instructions or tutorials so I had to figure everything out on my own. I also learned how to use CorelDRAWX4 better which is helping me greatly at work, this is very important since my boss is depending on me.
You will need:
-A program that is compatible with your laser (I am using Corel draw x4)
-A picture of the model you desire to make
-Wood (I am using 3 ply finished birch)
Step 1: Choosing Your Model
I suggest you choose something fairly simple and nothing too extreme, for this instructable I have chosen an AH-64 Apache.
Once you know what you want to make, find a picture online or from a book that gives you a good front, side, and top view of the object. Having a picture of the top, side, and front will help greatly in designing your model. It's very helpful to have a "line drawing" of the image as well, I simply searched "Apache" into Google and filtered out the images so that it only displayed the "line Drawings" Below is the picture I used for the Apache model. Try to find the simplest picture possible, nothing that has to much detail.