Finalizing your Hot Air Balloon Design

  1. Choose your final 3-Ddesign.  
  2. Save your file.
  3. Unroll your shape (Surface Tab, Unroll Developable Surface).  Then delete the original shape and do an incremental save.  Keep doing this occasionally.
  4. Check your total area and adjust if necessary.
  5. Create a virtual 6'x9' sheet of plastic
  6. In TOP view, move and/or rotate your pieces into a convenient layout that will fit on your virtual plastic.  A net is convenient, but it might cost you some volume.  You might want to skip this step if you have a curved object, like a cone or cylinder.
  7. If you're happy with your file, save it as Your Names Balloon Layout.