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What software do i need to make a 2D-pattern out off a 3D-model? Answered

 what i want to do is a pattern of my "Ranger boots", say i need to measure the whole thing, make a 3D-model of it and then need the software to make planar layers out of it. aim is to get a pattern of my boots, cut a design into the pattern, print it on adhesive foil, put the foil on the boots/cover the boots and spray it. After removin the foil again, i should have the design on the boots; the foil is simply the negative of the design.
(I thought bout "solid works" (engineering software) to design my boots, but i dunno much bout softwares' availability, so i'm askin.)

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jeff-o (author)2010-04-19

I'm not sure about designing the pattern, but Pepakura Designer might help transform it into a flat pattern to cut out.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-04-19

If the boots already exist in meatspace, you could just cover them with a layer of masking tape, then carefully peel the tape off and snip the curved bits until it lays flat. Maybe stick a layer of cling film to the boots first, to help with the removal and avoid having a sticky back to your pattern.
This works like gangbusters for armor pieces, so boots should be perfectly fine.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-04-19

If you can draw them in SketchUp, you can export slices from that with a free script I think.

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