FlatFab Alternatives

    FlatFab is described as 'flatfab marries digital modeling and traditional craftsmanship. 3D printing in new-age materials is great for small complex objects, but prohibitive in time and money for anything bigger than your fist'. There are four alternatives to FlatFab for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Linux. The best alternative is Pepakura Designer. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try 123D Make or DXF2papercraft.

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2021

    1. Pepakura Designer allows you to easily create papercraft models from 3D data you create from your favorite 3D software. The save and export functions are disabled before registering. Otherwise all functions work without limitation in the shareware version.
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      UNFOLD3D is today the preferred unwrapping tool used by major studios producing games and animation, but also by many independent artists. Polygonal Design, creator of UNFOLD3D technology, is recognized by many artists as the most efficient unfolding tool in the world.


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      123D Make lets you turn 3D models into 2D build plans with animated assembly instructions.

      Discontinued

      it has been discontinued

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    2. DXF2papercraft converts a polygonal 3D model stored as DXF file into a plain drawing in the form of a 2D DXF file. This requires to 'unfold' the model. The result is a flattened pattern of connected polygons.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.2, released in February 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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