Google Sketchup w/Flattery Plugin
Fabric Tape Measures
Black & Brown Sharpies
2 Cheap camping mats
Yellow plastic mesh
1/4" Batting for queen size quilt
Yellow fleece & thread
Denim & orange thread
1/4 yard black fleece & thread
Black pipe cleaners
3" rounded PVC pipe cap
4" flat PVC pipe cap
1 sheet plexiglass
1 Silver metal spray paint can
Nail polish remover
1" wide black nylon strap
Step 1: 3D Model of Head
Ours body was 14" in diameter. I also wanted to put his view hole out above the eye to keep the scale spot on to an actual minion. This affected the curve of the head. I also didn't want the sections to go all the way to the top, but to have a disc in the center which should help with the build given the material.
Once I was happy with the shape I used the plugin called Flattery that takes the 3D model and allows you to flatten it so it can be printed (great for papercrafting!).
- To get ready for flatting it, I displayed all the edges. Do this by either triple clicking using the selection tool, or right clicking with the selection tool, and going to "Select > Bounding Edges". Then right click and select "Soften/Smooth Edges" which brings up a dialog box. Make sure both Checkboxes are unchecked and the slider is all the way to the left.
- With the flattery plugin, first you use the index tool, then the unfold tool. With the unfold tool select the have nothing selected then click each polygon to slowly unfold it. You really only need to do one section. As this can be easily repeated.
Finally printing to scale in Sketchup.
- First change the camera's perspective. Do this via menu item "Camera > Parallel Projection"
- You can then do top or front views "Camera > Standard Views > Top".
- Center what you want to print with a minimum border around it (i.e. change the window size).
- Then select "File > Document Setup", uncheck "Fit View to Page" Change the width and height close to what you are printing on, and set the print scale 1" and 1". It says it might not be measurable, but it was for me.
- You are all set to print now.