Tutorials Obtaining

Obtaining and printing

Models, the object which is being created, can be created in several different ways. Models can be distributed in books, which can be bought and shared with the rest of the community, or downloaded and printed directly off the internet. Models on the internet can be found in the following file formats:

  • Image: Typically .JPEG, this format is one of the least common, as each page of a model's parts must be saved in a different image to print. Due to the lack of ease of making multi page papercraft, the papercraft in this format tend to be fairly simple.
  • PDF: Adobe Acrobat's .PDF format is most commonly used for printing sheets. This format has the benefit of storing all pages in one file, as well as being easier to print than other formats, due to a lack of time and filename stamp often gotten with images, and without excessive confguration with a .PDO
  • .PDO: The Pepakura papercraft designer application's format, this has several advantages than other forms. A papercraft stored in this format can be viewed in Pepakura's 3D view, allowing one to examine the shape of the complete model, as well as check for "red lines," or errors in the model before printing. The program also allows one to modify each part on the sheet to connect or separate different faces, allowing an advanced user to configure the model to suit their layout preference. Another advantage is the programs ability to list the dimensions of the model upon completion.

Typically, models in any of the above formats are stored in either a .ZIP or a .RAR archive, to minimize download time. Papercraft creators are encouraged to publish their papercraft models as a .PDF and .PDO in a .RAR archive, as this gives end users the greatest convenience and flexibility. Papercraft files are stored on a creators site or blog, or more commonly, on dedicated upload sites, such as MegaUpload or RapidShare.

Models are nearly all printed one sided, although, some books contain two sided models. With image files, care must be taken to correctly resize the model and to avoid a name stamp, which decreases the print area, decreasing model scale. Also, incorrect print settings may result in certain parts being cut off the page. PDF and PDO files are easy to print, leaving no page stamping.

Common Google Search Terms

World Names for Card Models
Original Site: http://www.cardmodelers.org/online/names/name-list.html

UK English
Paper Modelling
Card Modelling

American English
Paper Model
Card Model
Card Modeling
Card Stock Model
Papercraft (s)

Dutch
Bouwplaat :Most common word for it
bouwplaten : Added by ExtremeRyno
Recortable :This is Spanish, certainly not Dutch
Kuppark :Don't know, but not Dutch
Knutsel :This is more general, like arts & crafts
Knutseld :This is bad grammar of the above
Knutselen :Plural of Knutsel

German
Bastelbogen
Bastelbögen
Kartonmodell
Papermodell : isn't it Papiermodell(e)
Kartonmodellbau

Polish
Modele Kartonowe
Kartonowy
Modele Papierowe

Japanese
Papercraft
ペーパークラ or Pepakura : common phoeneticized term
ペーパークラフト or Pepakurafuto : full phoeneticized term
ルビンの壷 the pot of rubin

French
Maquettes de Papier

Portuguese
Modelos Papel
Modelismo Papel

Spanish (contributed by Alfonso López)
Modelos de papel
Modelos de carton
Recortables
Juguetes de papel (paper toys)

Italian (contributed by Massimo Peccerini)
Modelli di carta
Modelli in carta
Modellismo in carta
Modelli da ritagliare

Hebrew (contributed by Moshe Lemer)
Digmei Niar
Unknown (probably Swedish)
Pappersmodell :certainly Swedish
Klippark(smodeller) :also Swedish

Russian (by Ken Moore)
модели из бумаги
Бумажные модели
моделей из картона
моделей из картон

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