Export Paper Model Script for Blender 2.6
Tool for free 3D modelling tool Blender that can export a 3D model into papercraft parts to be printed and reconstructed by hand:
This script generates a flat net of a given mesh. It creates SVG files suitable for direct printing and paper modeling. The main goal is a maximal possible automation of the whole process. Common tasks like baking model’s texture onto the output are also offered by the UI.
You can find out more and download the script here
This isn’t the only way to export a 3D model and create a papercraft version - a piece of software from Japan has been around for the best part of a decade called Pepakura Designer. One notable and memorable use of this software has been the “Papercraft Self Portrait” by Eric Testroete from 2009, used to create wearable polygon ‘head’ of the wearer, similar to the cheat mode found in the N64’s “GoldenEye” game:
You can see the rest of the photos of this project here