In this Instructable, I'll step through how to make a 7' tall statue of liberty bust out of cardboard using Autodesk's 123D Make. The inspiration for this project was the last scene from *SPOILER ALERT* Planet of the Apes.
Autodesk 123D Make: http://www.123dapp.com/make
Autodesk 3ds Max (alternately you can use a free software like meshmixer)
p.s. I built it at TechShop!
Step 1: Secure a 3D model
You can find 3D models online on various websites like turbosquid.com
You can also 3D scan a souvenir statue.
Step 2: Prepare Model in 3DS Max
Import the 3D model into Autodesk 3DS Max.
Use the slice tool to remove the bottom of the statue. You can angle the slice plane to get the leaning effect as seen in the movie.
Use the boolean tool to add tubes throughout the model. These tubes will serve as channels to add PVC support rods. They will also add additional alignment points during assembly.
Export the model as a .stl file.
Step 3: Process with 123D Make
Import your .stl file into 123D Make.
Choose the "stack method".
Change the manufacture settings to match the size of your laser bed and the thickness of your material.
Adjust the scale of your model to the desired size. (*note* the size of your support holes will also scale, so be sure to adjust them accordingly in the original model)
Rotate the slice plane a little bit. This will help bring out more of the fine details.
Step 4: Cut the Material
Export the laser cut plans as a .pdf or .eps.
Import the plans into your laser cutter interface (like adobe illustrator or corelDRAW).
Step 5: Assemble
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Organize all of your pieces by their assembly number.
Start assembling using the provided alignment marks, as well as the support rod holes you created.
It's best to assemble in a few large sections, then assemble those sections at the end.
Step 6: Admire your hard work