I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net.
I have made the net with a jig saw pattern, with the depth of the 'jigs' being exactly equal to the depth of the material, which is a 1.6mm acrylic plastic.
I just need someone to confirm for me that this net actually will fit together perfectly. It's the joins of three adjacent faces that are the problematic areas. The rest of it can sort of be done on autopilot, as you can see from the .AI I have linked to on my dropbox. I struggle desperately to visualize 3D objects, but thus far lack the mental capacity to do so.
Would it be best to model this in Sketchup or something? Loathe to spend a bit of money only to find I've botched the design in some way.
It will hopefully be fairly intuitive from my .AI how this all fits together - just like you would normally expect a cube net to.
Viewing the file with 1.6mm grids might help make it make more sense.
Thanks very much