Recently I have been looking for an easier way to create paper craft models. I think everybody has seen papercraft deerhead models on the internet, and I wanted to try to make one for myself. I found etsy stores and people who sell the cutouts and assembly instructions but I want to know how they were putting their paper cutouts together, and if they had any software for the job. So after digging around I discovered a software called Pepakura. Sure enough after downloading the free version of their pack and trying it out, its really easy to use works quite well. It is already changing the way that I think about modelling/prototyping. So, how does it work? Basically you just need to build a low poly model in any 3D modelling software, or just cop out and download a free 3D model of something from websites like pinshape.com or turbosquid.com. So once you have your low poly model, export it to one of the few acceptable formats, upload it in Pepakura and it will create the files for you to print out and fold. Pepakura will "unfold" your model for you and you can then lay out the size of the paper and modify the folds by clicking and dragging the model and then you just have to print it out!
Sidenote: Low poly means a polygon mesh in 3D computer graphics that has a relatively small number of polygons. Low poly meshes occur in real time applications (e.g. games) and contrast high poly meshes in animated movies and special effects of the same era.
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