Export to physical object…

Now, for many, that means some kind of fancy 3D printing that will soon revolutionize the world, bringing us into the realm of the matter-from-nothing science fiction of Star Trek.

Well, or you could just do some work. That’s what artist Mike Greer documents in a lovely timelapse video, in which a Blender 3D model is transformed before your very eyes into a material, paper rendition. I can imagine plenty of possibilities for this sort of work, from art installation to special effects and motion in which models go between real-for-real and virtual versions. But regardless, there’s a certain charm to making something from a computer – you know, with your hands.

And it really is “export” – it’s just that you’re part of that export:

Initially modelled in Blender and exported as a paper net using the ‘Export Paper Model Script’.

More on this feature:
Paper Model @ wiki.blender.org Scripts

For its part, 3d printing – with the machines and not just the humans – does hold some tremendous potential with animation. Just watch this terrific test, also from Mike Greer: