Introduction: DIY Custom 3D Paper Pop-ups Using SketchUp
This is an easy craft that you can make by yourself (if you have a laser cutter). It's an easy design and can be transferred to the laser cutting software effortlessly. Make sure you are in millimeter scaling.
Step 1: Make the Paper Size
first, make a square 140mm by 210mm, and then make another one by the same dimensions standing vertically, touching the edge of the other square like shown in picture.
Step 2: Design the Cutout.
Draw lines on the vertical paper to how you want your 3D pop-up to look like in 2D like shown. Then use the push/pull tool to pull the 2D shape into 3D also shown.
Step 3: Scale
Use the Scale tool to lengthen the front and the top by 1.41 each.
Step 4: Turn
Using the Select tool select the whole pop-up. then use Rotate to turn it 45 degrees.
Step 5: Perspective Change
use the top view in the scenes in the right side panel. then change it to parallel projection.
Step 6: DFX Extension
make sure you have the Sketchup SKP to DXF extension (link to extension website). then install it into SketchUp and export the pop-up into your files.
Step 7: Laser Cut
import the DXF you just took from SketchUp into a laser cutting software. making sure the bottom of the pop-up is situated right; make all of the horizontal lines dotted or folds and all of the vertical lines cuts. Cut. Fold. Enjoy.
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