I recently came across this free Python script for Cinema 4D, that enables you to take unfold the surface polygons of an object, as if you are peeling back a piece of papercraft.
- The link to download the .zip file is in the comments for the video. C4D-Code for Folding Polygons from rown on Vimeo.
- The Pixel Lab made an excellent rundown of how to install and use the script: https://www.thepixellab.net/cinema-4d-tutorial-free-script-unfolding-polygons-effect
- Someone posted an english language version of the script here :
http://www.wischie.com/c4d-polygon-folding-python-script/ which is great for those of us non German speakers.