Paper Model

Create a paper model of an existing object using a workflow that incorporates Rhino surfacing, pattern-making, and digital printing.  You can make a model of anything, as long as it already exists in the world – not a new design of your creation.

Project Constraints

  • must be made in paper (not veneer, metal, fabric, etc)
  • recommended joining method is rubber cemented tabs
  • must be constructed from rhino-generated 2D patterns from “developable” surfaces
  • consider your abilities with Rhino – simpler is better
  • no larger than a 12″ cube, no smaller than a 5″ cube
  • does not need to be built in 1:1 scale
  • must be a model of an existing object. You should have access to inspect and measure this object – working from photos only is not recommended.
  • can be cut with the laser cutter, plotter, or by hand, but must be cut from Rhino patterns
  • materiality of the object must somehow be represented in the paper model


Learning Outcomes:

  • Rhino
    • Further experience translating an existing physical object into a 3D Rhino model
    • An understanding of developable surfaces and an ability to translate a model into developable surfaces
    • experience creating flat patterns for model construction, including the “Unroll” command
  • Model Fabrication
    • Experience with digital die cutting and/or laser cutting
    • Experience working between the screen and the physical realm on 3D projects
    • Techniques for fabricating accurate paper models
    • Experimentation representing a variety of materials with various media on paper



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