.PDO File Extension

Pepakura Designer File

Developer Tama Software
4.1  |  108 Votes
Category Page Layout Files
Format Binary

What is a PDO file?

A PDO file is a papercraft file created by Pepakura Designer, a program used to turn digital 3D models into physical papercraft models. It contains a 3D model and its corresponding 2D papercraft cutouts. The 2D cutouts that PDO files contain are meant to be printed, so a papercraft enthusiast can assemble the cutouts into a replica of the 3D model.

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Screenshot of a .pdo file in Pepakura Designer 4
PDO file open in Pepakura Designer 4

Pepakura Designer allows papercraft enthusiasts to "unfold" digital 3D models into 2D papercraft designs. Users can then print the 2D papercraft design, cut out its pieces, and assemble them to recreate the 3D model in real life. Each 2D design contains folding lines, cut marks, and other instructions used to recreate the model.

Users can import many different types of 3D models into Pepakura Designer, including .DXF, .OBJ, .3DS, .LWO, .STL, .KML, and .KMZ files. After the user imports their 3D model, Pepakura Designer unfolds the model and saves its 2D version as a PDO file. Users can click any of their PDO file's 2D parts to see which part of the 3D model that part corresponds to.

NOTE: In addition to being able to view PDO files in Pepakura Designer, users can view PDO files in Pepakura Viewer, a free PDO-viewing software that is bundled with Pepakura Designer.

How to open a PDO file

You can open a PDO file in Pepakura Designer or Pepkura Viewer. To open a PDO file in Pepakura Designer, open the program and select File → Open.... Then, navigate to and open your PDO file.

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Updated November 1, 2021

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