Inkscape extension for polyhedra nets
byon 12-20-2010 at 07:31 AM (10205 Views)
I've developed an Inkscape extension to render the polyhedra nets I've been making the last few months. It can make nets for the platonic, archimedean, and archimedean dual solids. There are several options for tabs including tab and slot, no tabs (for showing rather that assembling), and a couple of options for tabs that can be glued.
The nets are pre-colored so that you can use color mapping to get dotted fold lines along with the cut-out outline, as described here.
The code is here, where I keep all my fablab-related stuff.
The relevant files are:
You can either install this for all users on your system (fine if it is a personal desktop or laptop) by copying all 6 of the above files into the inkscape/share/extensions directory where inkscape is installed. Alternately, on Linux, you can copy them into your home directory, in $HOME/.config/inkscape/extensions.
Once it is installed, you need to restart Inkscape (if it was running). Then you should have a submenu called "Polyhedra" under the Inkscape "Extensions" menu. There are several submenus because of the number of solids - it was overwhelming when there were 33 choices in the drop-down menu.