- a graphic designer and self-described "paper engineer" has designed a hyperrealistic template for the tesla cybertruck.
- thanks to the future tesla electric truck's geometric shape, it's a great candidate for some paper innovation.
- the template is available for free at folduptoys.com ( but you can support the designer's work via patreon).
if the $40,000 cybertruck isn't exactly in your budget, you can just build one, yourself. while you won't be using tesla's secretive 30x cold-rolled steel, you'll be using the next best thing—paper.
alex gwynne, a graphic designer and self-described "paper engineer," has released a free template for the paper cybertruck. gwynne created the template in november, right after the cybertruck's initial reveal, and made the design available on folduptoys.com.
gwynne was inspired to design the cybertruck template by its chunky, angular design, she said.
"i spend a lot of time thinking about how i can simplify and alter the shapes of characters and objects in order to turn them into easy-to-build toys, but with the tesla truck, all that work was done for me," she said. "i saw the design and said, 'now this would make a perfect paper project,' so set about creating a flat, printable template."
gwynne's designs are "paper toys" or "fold-up toys," she told popular mechanics. these are not origami projects, but a subgenre of paper crafts.
"paper crafts are often very detailed and require a lot of patience and perseverance to build, like a scale model of a battleship or the polygons of a game character," gwynne said, "whereas paper toys are designed to be quick and simple, usually only consisting of a single sheet of paper. and as a result, [the paper toys] are usually more stylized and simplistic."
gwynne has more than a decade of experience in creating paper toys and crafts and has turned that passion into a full-time career, creating custom designs for clients in game development, book publishing, and education. some of her most popular designs include characters from the video game death stranding and characters from rick and morty.
for your own paper cybertruck, gwynne suggests using 150 to 200 grams-per-square-meter (gsm) card stock; a matte finish is preferred over a glossy one. to make your own paper cybertruck project, you can download the template file here. then all you really need are a printer, scissors, and glue.
by her estimate, the cybertruck project should only take about an hour to build, even if you're a novice. there are just 11 tabs to fold and glue, and if you don't have card stock on hand, standard printer paper will do just fine.
"it's thrilling to see so many people excited to give paper toys a try thanks to this new tesla model," gwynne said.