Pepakura Designer is an application created to help you extract paper craft models from 3D objects without the need of any special plugins or skills. With it you can import a wide range of 3D objects and transform them into printable 2D designs.
An intuitive interface well suited for anyone
Right off the bat, Pepakura Designer is anything but complicated to use. Its interface is neatly organized and can easily pass as an uncluttered piece of software if you can overlook the many small toolbar icons. Although, even that possible setback fades as you get used to them and what they do.
Pepakura Designer’s main window is split into three main sections which constitute its entire workspace. From them you can access all the application’s tools and features, explore the 3D model and view it unfolded.
Unfold complex 3D models in a giffy
Pepakura Designer can work with formats which result from software like Metasequoia, 3ds Max, Wavefront, Lightwave, AutoCAD, Binary STL and Google Earth. It’s a series of powerful and widely used applications which means that if you don’t have the possibility to create your own object, you can certainly find what you’re looking for on one of the many forums and support websites dedicated to 3D modeling.
The application in question is capable of unfolding models of all shapes and sizes as long as they are correctly created and error free after export. Since Pepakura Designer doesn't come with any 3D editing tools, it can’t help you repair the object you want to import.
On the other hand, if things go smoothly and you get to the point where you can freely rotate the object on any axis and zoom in and out, then you can rest assured that you are also able to create the 2D printable layout. All it takes is just one click.
A wide range of handy tools
There is a lot more to Pepakura Designer that has been left for you to discover, such as its ability to join and disjoin faces, check their correspondence and even measure distances between points.
These, with many others grant it the status of a practical, powerful and very easy to use tool for anyone who needs to create paper craft models.