Make Your Own Toys (and other dangerous tools ).

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 In this instructable I will show you how to create your own 3D toys using only a computer and a printer. I will then I'll show you how you can make your toys more durable. Oh, by the way the toys will be paper, but don't worry, you can make them more durable, up to the point that they will be like the ones you buy at stores. Saddly I failed my project but if you want examples go to Pepakuras website.

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Step 1: Downloads, and materials

For this instructable you will need:

  -1-Your brain

  -2-A computer

  -3-A printer

  -4-Google sketchup

  -5-A file converter (I'll show you where to get it )

  -6- Pepakura Designer

Step 2: Where do I get the programs necessary?

You can get google sketchup for free at:  http://sketchup.google.com/download/gsu.html

You can get Pepakura Designer, again for free at:  http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/
Last but not least you can get the file converter at:  http://www.guitar-list.com/download-software/convert-sketchup-skp-files-dxf-or-stl
-For the converter to work you will have to place it google sketchups plugins file.

Step 3: Make a model

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Make a model, need I explain how, if you think I do go to my instructable on using google sketchup.

Step 4: Export file

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Now you have to make a  file acceptable by Pepakura program.

Step 5: Import file

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Now you have to import the file into Pepakura program. Press file, then open and chose your file, a screen should pop up and you should select auto detection. Press no flip. Press finish. Done.

Step 6: Print

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Simplest step, press unfold, then print, if you want to make the printed shape bigger press shift+L and shift+J to make it smaller.

Step 7: Fold

Pretty obvious, just fold along the dotted lines, and glue the taps together.

Step 8: Make more durable

Recently I read Master Dudes ible on eco plastic and I thought that printed models might serve as moldes, just a little to think about. I might make a ible on it later.

P.S. If you want exaples of projects made by pepakura go to their website.
Skill Master (author) 4 years ago
Checkout my other Ible on using Scketchup.