This is a project that I've been wanting to do for a long time. Folks, we're at a revolution right now. A revolution of ternary dimensions. I'm of course talking about the wonders of 3D Printing. How completely amazing is it that we can create 3D models on our computer and, with a few clicks of a button you can now have the actual object at your fingertips!
As a fan of the classic art form of colored kirigama, better known as "Papercrafting", printing 3D objects has existed for years. Sure, the construction is completely manual but the 3D process is still the same. And as I keep seeing new 3D design software and new development made for 3D printers, I keep wondering how this technology can be brought to domestic inkjets.
So today, I'm combining my two loves to show how the art of Papercrafting can benefit from 3D printing technology.
Step 1: Papercrafting in the 21st Century
The purpose of this instructable is to provide a general introduction to Designing, Unfolding and Coloring your own papercraft models. For this project, I will be walking through the process of creating a papercraft from the ground up- using a free online program called Tinkercad, the popular paper design program Pepakura, and free photo editing software Gimp.
Other Available Software
- Google Sketchup- A free-trial software application that can export to Pepakura. The software is relatively simple to use and is popular with designers such as Ninjatoes
- Metasequoia- A fantastic model editing software for correcting 3D models. More on this later, but a good companion piece to Pepakura.
- Blender: A really powerful free 3D design modeling program with a variety of different options. It's learning curve is a bit steep, however.
- Autodesk 123D: Autodesk's new 123D Make program is a new software program for creating and 3D printing objects. They have a "paper cut out" option which is decent for the most part, but their "Slice" option is most impressive. For more on paper 3D printing I suggest this instructable
Also, you'll want to download a free PDF converter software, to export from Pepakura into GIMP. I suggest using Cute PDF.