Challenge in Review – Paper Winner

There were many more wonderful projects entered into the Summer Solstice Challenge but we are running out of time to share them with you.

In closure, today we are featuring the winning project in our paper category AND the challenge Grand Prize winner – submitted by Paul. His project is absolutely STUNNING!


Challenge category winner and Grand Prize winner!

Paul describes the steps in creating these figures:

This is the goat model in Cinema 4D simultaneously showing the polygon surface and the vertical lines. Here the polygons have been optimized to the desired number.


The goat was imported as an OBJ into ‘Pepakura’ and the exploded. The cuts for the pattern were ordered to help with assembly but also to consider the flow of the joins along the form.


The exploded polygons in ‘Pepakura’ are re-arranged onto 2D surface with flaps included. The pattern is re-arranged to maximize paper usage. This pattern is exported as an EPS and prepared in ‘Illustrator’ to finally be imported into ‘Make The Cut’, which enables the cutter to read the file.


These are the patterns cut into the card by the KNK Maxx Air.


Pattern sheet for the ears and back of head: the pieces just pop out of the card and only the dotted lines bend. There are two types of dotted cut, valley and hill, this speaks for itself.


This model of a goat was constructed using 300 Microns Grey card, a reasonably stiff card but thin enough to cut in one cycle without having to use multipass. It took three days to cut all the economically fitted patterns on eight A2 sized cards.


This is the assembly of the udder. A palette knife is used to apply the PVA and a hair dryer is used to heat the glued area to quicken up the drying process. Scissors and knives help to cut and shape backing that is used for extra strength.


These are the two hind legs and the posterior of the goat, the masking tape has been applied to ensure the expanding foam does not leak out of tiny holes.


This is an example of how the expanding foam has set after it has been injected into the cavity of the appendages or body.


The main body was pinned down to the table to stabilize the feet and correct the positioning of the goat before the foam was injected into the base. Preparing the model in all the applications takes at least a week. Overall physical construction takes about two weeks to complete. Filling and sanding take about a day.

From the entire team at KNK USA and Team KNK: Congratulations, once again, Paul! Thank you for participating in the Summer Solstice Challenge and sharing your wonderful talent with us!

To see more of Paul’s work, visit Polygon Daydream.

Challenge in Review – Paper Category

Geometric or origami? Whatever name you might give it, there are a lot of talented and creative minds out there putting their KNKs to good use with paper! We have another spectacular paper project entry from the KNK and Team KNK Summer Solstice Challenge.


Janene entered these wonderful 3D projects. Here is her description:

These are some things I made for a baby shower for a friend. They are all cut from Recollections cardstock from Michaels. For the teddy bear and rubber duckie boxes I made a template from the snowflake box and now I can make any design I want for the top and sides.

The cat is from the Canon Creative Park site.  There are a lot of free fun projects there and they all include detailed assembly instructions. I import them into Inkscape where I clean them up, bring them into Make the Cut to print, and then use my zing to score the fold lines and cut them.

Beautiful work, Janine! I’m certain your friend just loved these!!!

Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Are you prepared? here is another (paper category) challenge entry that will BLOW your MIND


Elonah created this paper sculpture (which you can see is on display). From the pictures, it looks like it was built on-site! Oh, how I wish I could have seen it in person!!!!


Elonah, who used her 24″ Maxx for the project, provided this description:

The project consists of two origami-like figures that are slightly larger than life size. The faceting makes the paper strong which allows it to support itself without any internal structure. I developed the cut files myself and then separated the designs to fit to the machine’s maximum cutting width.

It took nearly 48 hours over 5 days to cut and assemble the project.  The entire project was cut using a combination of the KNK Standard Material Blade and Embossing Tool on 285gsm Fabriano Etching Paper.


Did you say “Wow”? Did your jaw drop? Did your eyes pop? Yeah, me too!