Pepakura

I made these pepakura EVA helmet and CQC shoulder which took me 2 1/2 weeks just to make.

Topic by DasFitz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Pepakura armor

I would really want pepakura costume(s). Like a pepakura Iron Man helmet/armor or Halo helmet/armor. Other types also would be great. Dose not have to be pretty or even finished. Not 2D but 3D form. The reason I need this is because I cant scale the pepakura files no matter what I try. Also kinda lazy to print so much paper and spend countless hours putting it together. Honestly I prefer paying. If any questions feel free to ask I will respond ASAP. Thanks for reading. (So you know what im talking about) http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy62/Addictionpaintball/armor/DSC05037.jpg http://i37.tinypic.com/c22rp.jpg

Topic by juan sanchez 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Pepakura files

Can anyone help me with finding some good Pepakura file sharing websites? I already know: www.405th.com www.PropZone.be www.Tamasoft.com www.Printablearmory.com www.forum.soaringhammer.com But is there any other sites? or links to files?

Topic by jcbcrtr 6 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


sketchup pepakura question? Answered

Hello, I have just discovered sketchup and also, today, I have downloaded pepakura. These are both the free versions. I have made a model and my only option is to export as a dae or kmz file. Pepakura does not recognise these. The internets seem to say that you can import dae into pepakura but I can't see how. Is this only possible with the paid for versions ? Wow, sketchup is great. Thank you

Question by FriendOfHumanity 4 years ago


pepakura files for ironman

Hi im new to this hobby but im wanting to learn all that i can in this art form. im searching for a file for an iron-man mark 2, 3, 4,5, 6, or even 7 but mostly i want to get mark 2, 3, 4, or 6. can anyone help me find a file. also finding out how to size the file to the correct body size will be helpful as well. thank you for reading

Topic by mr.greentree 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How can I make pepakura models for my size?

I'm making an Ironman costume, and I'm going to do it with Pepakura. I downloaded the files, but I can't get it to my size. I saw that there is a formula to calculate the percentage of the resize, but it's for Master Chief. Can somebody help me?

Question by yonch 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Change the size a model in pepakura

HI...i was found a tutorial here about make a Halo costume...but i saw that the size of the same pintted is big how by a adult person...but i need the model in the size to a boy of 12 YO...how i can resize the model to a specific size?...Exist a table of reference about size in pepakura VS size in reality? Thanks

Topic by Jhorbam 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Reshaping Rondo'ed pepakura items? Answered

I've done some digging, and I keep getting mixed answers on this. I have a pepakura helmet I have been working on, and recently, I had the back end of it warp on me. I applied rondo (which is roughly 70% figerglass and 30% bondo) It warped while I had it sitting in my car on a rather hot day, so my hopes for fixing it are high.  However, I have already taken a heat gun to it (which did make it very flexible) to reshape it. However, it always returns back to it's original misshaped form. Am I just no applying enough heat to it? Or have I basically accidentally created a memory material? Thanks in advance! 

Question by DoctorWoo 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Pepakura is unfolding polygons wrong. How can I remedy this?

I'm trying to make a helmet in Sketchup and importing it to Pepakura. I made the helmet fine, but when I import it and unfold it, for one it ignores where I tell it to cut the shape, and then it takes each polygon in it, separates it, and unfolds each individual polygon in weird ways. I can't find a tutorial on how to fix this problem!

Question by GalacticWierdo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Fallout 3 power armor?

I need help finding pepakura files for fallout 3 enclave armor, preferably the tesla armor. Ive looked all over the 405th and there is nothing there, ive scoured the internet and cant find anything. Id appreciate it if you could help. Thanks

Question by budhaztm 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Idea: drive your paper dream car!

Here's an idea I had but realistically won't have time to work on. Okay, so there are these things called kit cars that have been around for years.  Basic idea being, you put a cooler looking body on your regular everyday car.  Neat idea but even the cheap ones start about 3 grand!  That's a lot of money for a raw chunk of fiberglass to add to car not worth half that.  Also there are other disappointments like: good luck getting the exact design you want that just happens to fit your make/model. Now in seemingly unrelated news these cosplay people have figured out how to (ab)use some software called pepakura to print out life-sized paper models of swords and armor and stuff.  Then to make them useable they fiberglass them, bondo and paint... HEY!  WAIT A MINUTE!  That's all car autobody stuff! You see where I'm going with this. Thus, therefore, and in conclusion my suggestion is that you do the following: 1) Watch "The Hero Tutorials" on youtube.  Pretty much the definitive guide for the paper cosplay thing. 2) Print out a lifesize copy of the batmobile or whatever and tape it to your car. 3) Do the autobody thing for tedious weeks on end. 4) Post an instructable in a contest I'm entered in and swipe the prize right from under my nose. 5) I feel sad at having become the instrument of my own undoing... yet console myself over the fact that the net awesomeness of the universe has increased significantly.

Topic by PS118 6 years ago


resined Pepakura ODST helmet WIP

The long-expected pepped ODST helmet is here!! along with some other armor designs...

Topic by RC-0720 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Looking for FN Five-seven gun project or FN five-seven gun pepakura files

Hi, I'm looking for a gun project of FN Five-seven or pepakura files. I'm doing some cosplay thing and I really need it.

Topic by customer26 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


pepakura file for cosplay costume ares injustice?

Hi there looking to find or work out how to make a ares injustice costume using the pepakura ? aaaahhhhhhhh cant find one anywhere... thought it may be way more accurate than going by eye.... any ideas?thankyou! nicky

Question by nickybloom 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Would it be possible for someone to edit this 3D file for me?

I'm not that good at 3D programs but I was wondering if someone could help me out here. I recently found a program called pepakura and it is amazing! Only problem is I want to make one of the Faceless masks from Pink Floyd's The Wall. I was going to use a preexisting file of the Borderlands Psycho Mask and was gonna use it as a sorta template and edit upon it to make the Wall mask well I just cant seem to findout how to edit it! Could someone please help me and make it I've been trying to make one of these things for literally years lol... your help would be a life saver... I've attached a picture of the mask I'm trying to make as well as a link to the pepakura site where in the gallery if you search Borderlands the Mask pepakura file you can use as a template will show up! Thanks again so so much! http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

Question by Teddyyyyybear 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Can someone point me to a simple papercraft space helmet for my son? Answered

My two year old son loves stuffing buckets on his head, then walking around with them pretending to be a robot or an astronaut.  I'd love to make him a proper helmet!  You know, something that fits and he can see though.  I was thinking something simple out of cardboard or coroplast would do the trick.  I've got a full copy of Pepakura at my disposal.  The helmet should be easy for him to pop on, and not so complex - I can guarantee it will not be handled gently.  Got any links for me to check out?

Question by jeff-o 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to make good easy iron man armor without using pepakura for cheap?

 i want to make iron man armor on the cheap without using pepakura or a fancy material i just want good looking  iron armor

Question by laurent123 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Would it be possible for someone to edit this 3D file for me?

I'm not that good at 3D programs but I was wondering if someone could help me out here. I recently found a program called pepakura and it is amazing! Only problem is I want to make one of the Faceless masks from Pink Floyd's The Wall. I was going to use a preexisting file of the Borderlands Psycho Mask and was gonna use it as a sorta template and edit upon it to make the Wall mask well I just cant seem to findout how to edit it! Could someone please help me and make it I've been trying to make one of these things for literally years lol... your help would be a life saver... I've attached a picture of the mask I'm trying to make as well as a link to the pepakura site where in the gallery if you search Borderlands the Mask pepakura file you can use as a template will show up! Thanks again so so much! http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

Topic by Teddyyyyybear 5 years ago


Is a helmet lighter when made with a plastic cast mix or a resin mix?

See, I am making an airsoft helmet and I wanted to know if using a plastic cast mix (such as the Smooth-on brand) would be lighter than a resin mix (such as fiberglass resin and Aqua Resin). Please give me an answer and/or links to find out more.

Question by IdealL 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Software for slicing 3d model into layers for printing, cutting and assembly from card, layer by layer

I've been looking for software to slice up some 3d models I've made in 3ds max, and i know there are Pepakura model unfolders but the shapes are quite curved and a pepakura model wouldn't shape up right. So I'm looking for software that can cut a 3d model into variable layer height for printing on card and assembling like a 3d sculpture ( see Darth Vader - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciberdoc/3895118480/ ). Any ideas?

Topic by Pink_wolf 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


i keep seeing a part on halo armor but don't know how to make it any ideas?

I keep seeing this part on peoples builds of armor (blue) but i only get this part (red) in the pepakura model.

Question by DehLeprechaun 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cheap pourable material that will hold up against a vacuum? Answered

I'm looking to make a buck for vacuum forming using pepakura. I would like something I can then backfill the pep with something cheap (and preferably light) that will hold up against a vacuum. 

Question by DoctorWoo 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


help me with my halo armor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

I built my gauntlets using pepakura but the top seems too wide. I'm thinking of making my own with thinner tops or editing the ones i made. can some one explain how this important problem can be fixed. or maybe explain how it works like that.

Question by DehLeprechaun 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


"Skinning" 123D cardboard model

Hey fellow Authors, i've been working on the following model for my business, strictly ornamental. I've come this far and don't know how to continue without destroying the time and money already invested. My goal is to cover it with some material and make it look like a statue. Maintaining still a polygonal feel to it. I want to paint it glossy red. I've thought about using fiberglass, plaster, paper (as found in a tutorial in the internet), Cover it with a pepakura mesh. But i'm still not sure how to proceed. I fear fiberglass to be too messy and complicated, plaster could ruin the cardboard dampening it, paper makes it look like a cheap piñata, pepakura would requiere a lot of trial and error to get the pieces to match the "skeleton" and problematic at the end to give it the glossy and professional feeling im looking for. Any ideas guys??   Sorry for the resolution on the first image, I didn't have my lap with me at the time of this post.

Topic by tammasus 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Fiberglass cloth for props: any pointers for tight spots? Answered

I recently started making a helmet doing the pepakura and fiberglass process. I have the helmet made, and three coats of resin coated on the inside. But now, I need to put the cloth on the outside. SO question at hand: how do you get fiberglass cloth into tight edges? Here's a picture of the helmet to see what I have to deal with. The ear bits are where I'm having the concern at.

Question by DoctorWoo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Where to buy polyurethane resin/foam in UK?

Hi guys, Do any UK people know of nice suitable places to purchase the two-part polyurethane resin that mix together for making casts from moulds? Or the polyurethane foam that expands a bit when it cures? There's two places on eBay (TOMPS and another) but at £24 a kg with high postage costs, I was wondering if there's any bricks & mortar places I can pick it up, or other online places to buy the foam? I'm using it to thicken the shell of a Pepakura helmet so there's stuff to sand down. Any pointers please?

Topic by chiok 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Fiberglass and Lexan/PETG in a home oven? Answered

I'm looking to make a helmet here soon, but, I need to make a visor for it. I know I can use a heatgun to shape Lexan/PETG, however, I have heard that using an oven is a better choice. My question being, if a fiberglass mold/template save to put in an oven? It would be a pepakura process mold. After reviewing some steps, I need to amend another question onto this: would it be better to use another material for a model? Again, I would be using a home oven, and using PETG/Lexan. The new material would have to be castable, as I would make a positive mold of the inside of the visor, to composite for the thickness of the PETG/Lexan.

Question by DoctorWoo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I'm trying to find a pattern to turn a flat piece of sheet metal into a hemisphere. Can anyone help me?

I've downloaded Pepakura and I can't figure out how to do it. My ultimate goal is to make Peas in a pod out of sheet metal for my wife. I've made the pod (and figured out how to work with, and weld sheet metal in the process. I don't know how I'm going to make sheet metal spheres about the size of baseballs. I've seen on "how it's made' how they used flat sheets of paper, die cut them, and then kind of folded them over a hemispherical form to make half a globe. I just need that pattern. Anyone? Thank you! Steve

Question by Ststephen7 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Running LED's with a wall outlet

I have a question, I am thinking of making a Pepakura Iron Man mask for my father for his desk at work.  I have big plans for this, but the biggest thing I want to do is had the Eyes light up.  What all would i need to do this?  I would think using LED's would be the ideal way to go.  I dont really want to use batteries to power it, as I would like it to run off of a wall plug, and perhaps even have a switch to power on and off. Any ideas?  I've looked all over, and I cant really find a deffinate way/means to power it through an outlet....most all just mention batteries.  I know it can be done though :) Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

Topic by electrobrandino 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


DIY Protective Helmet? Answered

So I'm looking at starting a helmet project with the good ole' pepakura halo helmets, but taking it a step further. Essentially what I am wondering is how one would go about adding some protective foam or padding that can absorb impact (I'm talking motorcycle grade here). The design I'm looking at calls for some custom work, otherwise I'd just gut an existing helmet off the shelf. Does anyone have any ideas on accomplishing this? I'm thinking the helmet shell will be carbon fiber for added durability so I'm hoping to get some feedback on what everyone thinks would be the best protective layer for the inside. Also, please no "For your own safety just buy a helmet and don't worry about the looks" This is a novelty just for fun, but I'd like to know I could use it if I wanted to. Let me know what you think!

Question by Antilliteracy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cool Free Papercraft Links

These are some good papercraft links.. at least by my standards...Canon 3D PapercraftVarious papercraftYamaha Motor PapercraftPapercraft motorcycles and such. There's also animals Professional Level.papercraft space vehiclesUm.. I don't really know anything about this one..I just found itPaper robotsI like this one. Transformers that really transform. And various other robots..3d Paper ModelsRecommended by jtobakoIceberg PapercraftsRecommended by jtobakoPaperToys.comRecommended by SFHandymanFlying-Pig.co.ukRecommended by SFHandyman. I believe you have to pay for some.(Some Free models can be found hereHalo 3d PapercraftGreat site recommended by Chicken2209. Requires Pepakura. (For more info on Peparuka, and how to use it, click hereNintendo PapercraftRecommended by xupower. The name says it all.Paperkraft.netRecommended by GorillazMikoPapercraft ParadiseBlog Format. Great stuff.If you know of any papercraft sites, plese list them below. Enjoy!

Topic by Keith-Kid 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What material i should use to make Alphonse Elric armor?

I want to make the Alphonse Elric cosplay(armored one). i am thinking follow this method; 1) i will print the pdo files using pepakura designer(although i dont know exactly how to scale them and which paper size i should print to) 2) i will put paper patterns to cardboard and cut them 3) Combine and hot glued parts 4) apply body filler to outer surface 5) sanding 6) painting all i want to ask is that can this method work to make a good Al's armor? Can you suggest anything else. This will be my first armor craft. Also i have been thinking about Goldy's Alphonse elric armor tutorial. He used different materials like polyurethan foam some adhesives and vinyl. His Al cosplay is the best i think but the materials he used are difficult to supply here in my city should i use these materials and start from 2nd step above(except sanding and painting) or can i go with cardboard method. Also can you give me advices for both techniques. Thanks...

Question by melrajas 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Grand Prize Winners - Halloween 2012

This is my second year serving as Contest Manager and I am always blown away at the content we get in through our Halloween Contest.  The creativity and craftsmanship that our authors put into their costumes, props, decorations, and food  is truly amazing!  It is the perfect time to shine for any maker and it is easily my favorite time of year to build. This year we received a whopping 1500 entries!  The editorial team had quite the daunting task of selecting the 2 grand prize winners. I'm excited to announce Stealth Iron Man with Electronics and Servos and the Mikey Costume as the grand prize winners! The Stealth Iron Man with Electronics and Servos by mizunohadouken took an incredible 8 months to build! Exceptional presentation and use of technical skills including 3D modeling and pepakura, microcontrollers to control costume animation and LED functionality proves this project is a stand out. The Mikey Costume by dericrw brings the classic TMNT to life!  I've implemented various casting techniques for projects, but my jaw drops when I look at this projects outstanding documentation and use of body casting!  It really transforms the subject into a different character.  The thing I love about this project is it is both aspirational and attainable to your everyday Halloween enthusiast. Congratulations Mizunohadouken and dericrw for a job well done!  Cheers! Carleyy Contest Manager

Topic by Carleyy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Need help making large radio controlled boat

I'm planning on building a rather large radio controlled boat fro scratch, but really don't know where to start. What I have done is started designing the hull and superstructure in SketchUp, which I will chuck into Pepakura designer to make a template to cut out of either plastic sheeting or 1mm metal. I'd be glad if anyone could help me out with finding circuit diagrams, kit sets and even links of online resources. I'm fine with the actual building of the hull and superstructure, it's just everything electronic I am having difficulty figuring out. Definite specs: - 2 metres long by 40ish cm wide (6ft by 16 inches I think) - Single hull - Radio controlled, with a 600ft/ 200m transmission range Planned specs: - Preferably two motors (electric) with speed control, as I think one may not be powerful enough to push such a big craft - Servo/stepper motor rudder - Two side thrusters towards the front, one each side (no speed control necessary) - One bow-facing 'turret' with a small wireless camera on - One fixed stern-facing wireless camera - Port and starboard LEDs (on/off switchable) - At least 9 other channels available for other additions required on/off switching such as spotlights and suchlike - 2 more channels for additional servos The actual boat design at this point in time is modular, meaning that one can mix and match features such as turrets or spotlights in the four bays that are available

Question by minerug 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Making a dwarf welding helmet out of fiberglass.

Hey everyone, I've been thinking about a new project lately. And for that I need a lot of tips. So here is what, why and how. Introduction: I'm currently making a welding helmet out of an old beer keg as in the instructable of bricobart. When I started with it I though about using the keg as sheet material to make a papercraft mask, probably Dr. Doom or the ABC warrior Hammerstein from the first Judge Dredd movie. I quickly realised it wouldn't provide me the result I like to have, so now I'm just making the 'simple' version from bricobart. But I don't give up that easily. I also want to make something out of fiberglass and epoxy resin for a while, just to have the experience and to try it. So my quest for the perfect helmet/mask continued. I found Fallout helmets, which have tubing on which I could attach a breathing device. But finally I came to this Erebor helmet from the Hobbit. The plan: The plan is to make the Erebor helmet with a hinged visor. I am planning on using several pepakura helmet models and combine them to make the helmet suitable for my welding purpose. The hinged visor and all other mechanics like that I can work out myself. The paper helmet will then be covered with epoxy and fiberglass as can be seen in several other instructables. To make it smooth and for details, I will use car body filler. (I already know EVA foam is the better choice for the helmet, but I don't trust is with the temperature of the welding and I read things about epoxy resins not werking properly on EVA foam.) However, I never used epoxy resin/fiberglass/car body filler or any of these kind of materials. So therefor I need al the help I can get from here. What kind of stuff is suitable for my welding helmet due to high temperature (gradient)? What is the best way to go so all parts will connect properly? Is it wise to start this project?(Please don't answer no, because I will probably won't listen). Painting tips, epoxy tips, general tips etc. Thanks in advance.

Topic by ruudcreates 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Congratulations Halloween 2012 Props Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Instructables 2012 Halloween Contest!  With stacks of amazing entries it helps to narrow the field down a bit - that's why in this post I'm going to specifically address the Halloween Props Contest winners.  As components of costumes, or pieces of larger halloween decoration, Halloween Props is a bit of a catch-all category.   With 392 entries received in the Props category alone, competition was very tough and extremely close.  All of the authors who submitted project to this category should be proud of their work regardless of whether or not they received a prize. The first place category winner was the Animatronic Stargate Helmet by Honus.  This project had clear and effective documentation, great integration of servos and more classical mask making techniques, powerful implementation of 3D modeling and pepakura, good attention to detail in its execution, and was an accurate recreation of an actual Stargate helmet into a great real life halloween prop. The second place category winners are comprised of the Gears of War 3 - HyperHyper Realistic Digger Launcher Replica, Blood Spraying Evil Dead Chainsaw Arm, and the Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel Helmet.  These amazing projects utilized intensive design and digital fabrication workflows, advanced costume design techniques, solid construction skills with long lasting materials, and were beautifully documented with step by step instructions.   The third place winners include the TF2 Minigun, Custom Zombie Dentures, How to Make a PIP-Boy (Prototype), Portal Gun, and Warewolf Stilts.  All of these were executed at an extremely high and realistic level and were a great mix of careful, professional fabrication skills and down home DIY ingenuity.  As we've seen in other years, the bar is raised to a special level when it comes to Halloween and this year was no exception.  All of the finalists deserve our praise for a job extremely well done. I'd like to give a special call out to the makers of the Fallout 3 Helmet, Portal Gun, Majoras Mask, Iron Man Helmet, TF2 Minigun (Sasha) and the Borderlands Bandit Thug Helmet who all translated the digital designs for their props, or at least components of their props, into physical form in new and creative ways. To all of those who participated in our Halloween Contest this year - please enter our future contests, be it for Halloween 2013, or any other challenge that we're running.  All of the finalists in this category exhibited excellent fabrication skills, as well as an amazing ability to document their work and explain it to others, and therefore comprise what I would call some of the site's most prolific authors.  There's always something to win on Instructables and we deeply appreciate your participation. Noah Weinstein Workshop and Outside Editor

Topic by noahw 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Topic by trebledroid 6 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Topic by trebledroid 6 years ago


Ch, 4 In Which Mikeasaurus comes to Instructables and I Build Portal Stuff

Hey Instructabrarians! SHIFT! here to give you all of the semi-recent goings on at Instructables Laboratories!  Last week, our facility opened it's doors to our newest team member Mikeasaurus!  He's been a long time user and fan of the site (you might remember him from such classic 'ibles like Wristwatch Turntables, the very Blade Runner-esque Umbrella Light, and most recently the popular Magnetic Putty ) and we are pleased to have him join us.  So far, he's done a terrific job helping me out with shipping out packages as well as being a fantastic go to guy for any Photoshop editing needs!  As for me, awhile ago for one of our in-house contests, I was looking for unique ways to liven up our lab at Instructables HQ. My inspiration finally from a picture of the iconic cake, from the first Portal game, that hangs – on our bathroom door. I thought it would be really fun to create some kind of companion piece alongside it, and decided to make a couple of themed papercraft models based on the game.  For my first craft I decided to make something that would help protect Instructables’ top secret information from unwanted intruders and rogue test subjects. “Hey”, I thought, “why not the militaristic Turret defenses?” This deadly craft was designed by deviantart’s billybob884 using Pepakura software. He has done some amazing work with papercrafts and Portal and was responsible for designing my amazing GLaDOS papercraft I enlarged 24 X for our recent Game.Life Contest. (“Oh, So NOW you’re going to mention Me? [[=REDACTED=]], you Monster.”) Next, I constructed a tiny 1- inch craft, the fan favorite friendly Companion Cube, desktop edition for our editor-in-chief zazenergy. This craft was designed by user Moony for the /po/ board on 4chan.com Just the thing to help zazenergy with some normal day to day testing!  Finally I created the FrankenTurret that was featured in Portal 2 which (spoiler alert) is a horrific combination of the Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube. This cool miniature craft, however, came from digitprop.com and was given to Mikeasaurus, who is another fellow Portal fan of our lab. I also have future plans for a fully functioning one and plan to submit it to our Simplebots curator and designer Randofo sometime soon. Anyway, I love Portal and Papercrafts so this seemed like a perfect combination to me. I have a few more Full-Scale versions for some of our upcoming contests, so that should be really interesting. -SHIFT! EDIT: I had pictures of Mike in our office, but can't seem to find them anywhere, sadly.  

Topic by SHIFT! 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Help Build a Giant Inflatable Instructables Robot

Can you keep a secret?For the Austin Maker Faire in October, I'm hoping to build an 8-foot tall inflatable Instructables Robot. I want it to be easy to find the Instructables booth.For his wedding, Saul, built an inflatable elephant using many of the techniques from inflatable kite design and papercraft. There's a lot of CAD work required, and since I know there are some people here much better at Rhino and Blender than me, I'm asking for help. If we can pull it off, you'll get the joy of having something you designed be made very large.Here's the process and where you can help: 1) creating a model of the robot that is appropriate for cutting in fabric, sewing together, and inflating. chooseausername did a brilliant job here, but the model has too many polygons, and just reducing the number of polygons in his model results in something that doesn't quite work.So first, I need a model of the robot that is less than 1000 polygons while still retaining the robot's personality. Also, since it will be inflated, the robot's wheels should be retracted (its legs should just be cylinders of the same height as its legs plus wheels). We can print on the fabric, so the line on its belly doesn't need to be physical, but its buttons, eyes, ears, and antennae should stick out as they normally do; no need for individual fingers. Make sure all the normals point outward in the model.Saul isn't quite ready to share his CAD files, so I've included screenshots of his elephant as an example. The full grey elephant has 1000 polygons. 2) modifying the model to account for real-world limitations and to make it easy to import into Pepakura Designer. As the elephant is symmetrical, Saul cut it in half, split out various body parts -- ensuring that they exactly fit back together on the vertices of the polygons (seam lines for sewing), -- and made some part of the ears a single piece of fabric which would not inflate. In the robot's case, we would probably split the legs, body, head, and ear-and-antennae assemblies. The antennae will probably need to be a slight larger diameter than they normally are. Since the robot isn't symmetric, we'll keep it whole. 3) using Pepekura to create panels4) arranging the panels, adding seam allowances, and sewing instructions.5) repeating steps 1 - 4 to create the bladders for inflation with a model that's slightly bigger than the skin.6) getting a factory to cut and sew everything together.As you can see, step 1 is the most important part. If you'd like to help, create a model of the robot, and add it to a step of the collaboration I've started here (PM me for an invite):https://www.instructables.com/id/ETZ3QJSFKD1LWHU/We definitely have more than one person working, as I'm sure everyone will have something valuable to contribute.If you're interested in other giant inflatable creatures, leave a comment here. If we can streamline this process, we might make a complete zoo!

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago