I'm unfamiliar with 3d models but I may consider using one for some real-life crafts.
What I'd like to do is have a flat shape (let's say a star) that I can apply transformations to (like a fold or ripple). In addition, I'd like to be able to view and modify the original flat star and also see the resulting folded or rippled version. As if I'm applying a 3d transformations layer to an editable flat element.
By doing this I can see a simulation of a real life paper cutout folded up but export the desired flat shape.
What process would you use to accomplish this? Is there other software better suited for something like this?