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In December 2011, the Instructables Team took to the streets of San Francisco, proudly wielding before them a 12-foot cardboard Trojan horse. Man, I love my job.

Why did this happen? We had been invited to the Autodesk Christmas party just a few blocks away from our lab and we thought we should take along a present. Something unique. Something memorable. Something big enough to conceal a crack team of cardboard-sword-wielding troops.

I had been playing around with a preview version of Autodesk's new 123D Make software, a program for turning 3D models into a series of slices that can be laser cut and assembled in real life.  This technology is tremendous fun to play around with, as it has the potential to rapidly prototype anything from elaborate papercraft projects to paneled items of clothing to flat-pack emergency shelters. This seemed like a great opportunity to test it out with a real life quick fabrication challenge: a Trojan horse.

The Trojan horse, of course (of course!), could be seen as a metaphor for the way in which Autodesk acquired Instructables last year, little suspecting the creative havoc we would wreak once we'd infiltrated the corporation's perimeter. I'm certainly not suggesting that this was our intention, only that a cynic might see it as such.

Read on to find out more about how I made the horse!
wei wei1 month ago

This is pretty awesome! I'm just getting started with 123D Panel function!

ElektraSteel3 months ago

I know I'm about three years late to the party, but this is SO RAD!! I came here looking for tips on creating low-poly shapes (I want to create some welded sheet metal forms), but I ended up being totally riveted (get it?) by the story. Great writing, too!

rafael2436 months ago

sencillamente genial

dsmile1 year ago
It's great! What about 3d-model file?
AppleGran2 years ago
Relly Nice
ishout4joy2 years ago
This is really great! I work at an inpatient psych center for adolescents- this would be an awesome project for them. Do you share the patterns or a kit?
This is the greatest instructable ever.
ilpug3 years ago
I have seen this thing in person, a few times. Once at the HQ, and once at Maker Faire. It is pretty darn big, but i didn't know it could support people inside.
poofrabbit3 years ago
Holy cow this is so cool!! Great 'able
glenm3 years ago
awsome! how many people can you fit in it? when are you making the rest of the chess peices?
I hardly ever take the time to make a comment, but your presentation is so fun, impressive and clear I just have to say: BRAVO!
Wouldn't "giant" trojan horse...imply larger than the original? JUST SAYING :D
I don't know. how big was the last horse you made out of paper then? XD
Yeah how many Greeks could you possibly get into this paper model? Wait a minute, this is the Internet, I don't want to know!
jcvillar3 years ago
Beware of geeks bearing gifts. . .
pfred2 jcvillar3 years ago
No it is beware of geeks bearing gifs.
"What about a large wooden badger?""
Run away!
jovino3 years ago
HEY! I walked by you on the street last month! It's super cool to see you here on Instructables. :)
chiefdanfox3 years ago
50' and made of wood? The one I helped design and build did. See Bart's link. Google Sketchup and Vectorworks.
Employee "Sorry I was late boss, there was a giant horse crossing the street, no joke"

Boss "Oh don't worry it was just the Instructables team again"
SHIFT!3 years ago
Fantastic! I saw this model in person and I have to say that is just as amazing in real life!

One minor note: The terminology of "Papercraft" only applies to card stock or lighter sheet construction. For posterboard and heavier material, the correct usage is "Cardboard- Engineered".
angelabchua3 years ago
amazeballs. pure amazeballs. Great work Oliver! I love hearing people's reactions! And i love getting asked by our neighboring buildings "what was that giant horse all about?"
DaveB133 years ago
I'd like to suggest people gather up coroplast political campaign signs after an election to use for cardboard projects. A trojan horse made of these would be quite a statement. Another ACAD instuctable & or cardboard project 'd like to suggest is solar cooker plans, aluminum foil is glued to the cardboard or coroplast.
mjursic3 years ago
This is beautiful! I wonder how you'd feel about posting the templates for each piece? I teach middle school and would love a building project like this with them.
Pretty cool, but I don't know if you can call it a giant Trojan horse. I mean, it's pretty small by Trojan horse standards, unless you plan on smuggling in a crack team of midget assassins.
I was just about to post about the size of it... then I logged in and your comment was here. Glad I'm not the only one who thought that. =P
Just thinking that. Maybe it is a Giant Miniature Trojan Horse?
Gwiz3 years ago
..WOW...this reminds me of the Iranian government's recent campaign against Western influences of the "Barbie doll." How did you come-up with this idea?


Ref: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/24/iran-barbie-doll-crackdown-campaign?newsfeed=true
It's like a teeny tiny version of the one that burned on the playa.. see bartholomew's link below..
egp3 years ago
This is just wonderful.

(And by the way, I hope you've seen the adventures of this Trojan Horse in Australia... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs3SfNANtig )

Thanks for the great - and inspiring - documentation!
dorinber3 years ago
monsterlego3 years ago
Stuff it with Spartans and go raid something, just AWESOME!!!
sitearm3 years ago
@PenfoldPlant; I tweeted it. Why oh why are we so fascinated with the Trojan Equus ferus? That said, how many papercraft Trojans can you fit into it? Cheers! : ) Site
bartholomew3 years ago
"Would this look good 50 feet tall and made of wood?" Yes, yes it would. :)
Lindie3 years ago
Love the video! It was a funny story.
I could hear Randy saying that!
Tell Randy his mother says hello! :-)
dimdiode3 years ago
Splendid! What an achievement, congratulations!
crossfire3 years ago
Epic Beyond Belief!
I'm so excited this is fully documented now. :D
caitlinsdad3 years ago
Did Randy say "Next time I ride in the front and no stopping at Taco Bell?"