Paper models of Saint Francis University

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Update: This project has spawned a company, PopArchitexture, which specializes in hand crafted 3D digital + paper modeling.  The content below is outdated.

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     One of the next phases of the SFUGE project is to develop a workflow for turning the 3D digital models of the SFU campus into 3D paper models.  This project is currently a work-in-progress.  When complete, model templates can be downloaded and printed and, with some glue, scissors, and time, anyone canhave a real-life, tangible model of the SFU campus.  Then you can recreate your favorite scene from Godzilla, for example, or put your Micro Machines and Matchbox car collections to good use!

Model of SFU's Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, prior to conversion to paper model

     For Saint Francis University's annual Technology Day on October 15, 2009, I created paper model of the university's Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art as part of my presentation entitled "Digital Architectural Modeling for Your Community". The model consists of a downloadable template page and a reference page.  Download and open the files and then print them on a color printer.  Printing on normal paper is fine, as that's how I choose to build my paper models.  If you please, you can use heavy cardstock paper for straighter edges and a sturdier model.  View preview images below:

Template page for paper model of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Reference page for paper model of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Download each page individually here and here, or grab the bundle here.

     The model was generated by downloading my digital museum model from Google's 3D Warehouse, flattening out the surfaces and making small modifications to the model, and then printing the flat surfaces.  The only software I used was Google SketchUp and the Unfold plugin, both of which are free software.

Technology Day handout about "Digital Architectural Modeling for Your Community"     Each of the two dozen highschool students and teachers who attended my Technology Day presentation received a template and reference sheet, as well as an informative handout describing how to get started in building digital models for their local communities.  The handout can be downloaded here.  Feel free to share it and add to it, but please cite your source.  Thanks!

 

     Shown below is the high-level workflow for converting a digital 3D model of Ave Maria Hall to an analog paper model.  This workflow is more complicated than the process used for the museum.  The list of software used in the workflow includes Google SketchUp (free), Pepakura Designer (not free), Adobe Photoshop (very not free), Adobe Illustrator (very not free), and Paint.NET (free).

The high-level workflow for converting a digital 3D model of Ave Maria Hall to an analog paper model.

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