Are you ready to design your own 3D shapes for your personal paper crafting? You totally can with the new Silhouette ModelMaker
I’m not a big fan of reading directions, so I dove right in to explore the basic features on my own. Within minutes I made a loveseat for my daughter’s peg dolls.* If you’re a rule-follower, you can check out the official manual.
The first thing to note with the Silhouette ModelMaker is an easy-to-use toolbar for easy access to the standard 3D shapes you can create. They’re all listed in the left-hand menu.
If you know the name of the shape and the dimensions, you can use my favorite feature, the Create Shape Assistant. It’s on the very bottom of the left- hand menu.
From here, select the shape to create and click Next.
Type in the dimension for your shape and click Next. Your shape will magically appear!
Of course, you can adjust the size directly on the model in the design view. Just click on the white handles that surround the shape and pull it to your desired size.
This is what my project looks like in Silhouette ModelMaker. The output preview is on the right, and you can see what the model will look like in two dimensions! So exciting!
Silhouette ModelMakergives you the option to cut directly from the software, but I wanted to customize this project a bit further in Silhouette Studio®. Therefore, I opted to export as an SVG and finish editing there.
I used Silhouette Studio® to create a couple more cut lines, so that the back of the couch fit into the seat. Then I create some carefully calculated holes for the seat.
What came out blew away my expectations. I used a little glue to put the cuboid shapes together.
My careful calculations ensured a perfect fit between the seat and the couch back.
The peg people also fit perfectly into their seats (yay for simple math!).
I could have easily printed on colored cardstock or applied a pattern from the Silhouette Design Store, but if I was painting the people, why not paint the loveseat too!
*Full disclosure on the project timeline: It took me a while to do the second grade math involved in measuring the space two peg dolls would take up on a loveseat. Designing, exporting to Silhouette Studio®, adding new cut lines, and cutting took fifteen minutes. Painting this design took fifteen minutes as well. I’m a slowpoke.
The possibilities are endless. I’m going to make a few more furniture pieces for my daughter. What will you make with your Silhouette ModelMaker?