Monday, February 4, 2013

Get your head paper kit

  • Load your model in paper kit
  • Check carrefully that its rendering is ok: unfortunately, most 3D modeling tools, in particular CAD tools, pay little attention to consistent normal orientation and thus black faces appear. You should use your favorite model editor to correct that before continuing.
  • Select your favorite working unit
  • Adjust the scale factor to get the expected paper model size: see bounding box information which gives a good idea of the size you will obtain
  • If needed, reduce mesh complexity to enhance the following points
    • Small edges are difficult to handle with big fingers
    • Too many triangles leads to many working hours
  • Force "no texture" if you want to get a "blank" model that you will be able to paint and personnalize
  • Set your printer output paper format
  • Give your mail to receive your PDF file
  • Once again, before submitting, check if:
    • The paper model size (see bounding box) is the one you expect or adjust the scale factor
    • The number of triangles is reasonable or reduce it using mesh simplification
    • The size of parts is not too small to be easily handled (see smallest edge length)

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