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I was trying to think of something I could make for my kittens using the new free 123D software, a laser cutter,  and the giant stack of cardboard I had access too.  The natural choice seemed to be another cat!  Though they weren't as excited about their new friend as I was, I hope they eventually take to it and realize it's not just a new playmate, it's also a friend they can claw to shreds without getting in trouble.  

You don't need a laser cutter to make this project - it just makes it a lot faster.  I used the one at TechShop.  It's easy to turn your own 3D model (whether you designed it or found it on 123D as I did), scale it to any size you want, and print out the plans for it.  123D Make even provides directions for how to put it all together.
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Step 1: Using 123D Make

Picture of Using 123D Make
First I used the 123D Gallery to choose a model.  Then I opened the model with Make, scaled it up and sliced it! 

If you want to play with the model that I made, check it out here:

You can see in the second image that the tool bar on the left allows you to do all of these things, including change the direction of the slice and change the form somewhat.  

On the right hand side, it shows you what cuts it plans to make based on the size of your model and direction of your slice.  After inputting the size of the cardboard I had on hand, it compiled a tidy little file of all the cuts for me which I then downloaded.  

The third image shows you the order for putting your pieces together in a neat little slideshow, and highlights which piece is coming up next.  Seems unnecessary until you have tons of pieces in front of you that seem to make no sense whatsoever.  It happens.

If you don't want to play with the model here, and just want to make it, I provided the .eps files for you to download here!
scoochmaroo (author) 2 years ago
My cats have decided to ignore the intruder. After ripping its tail off. Just an update.
Olek4105 months ago

Could you put a pdf file the eps file doesn't work well with my pc. Thank you

kgirl552310 months ago
despitia10 months ago

can you please share with me the pfdf version, im in Colombia and a cant acces to the pro account pleeese!

cesar201 year ago
I downloaded the free version,I'm going to give it a try.
I'm completely new to this software,but I'll figure it out.
Advised is always welcomed.
cesar201 year ago
I downloaded the free version,I'm going to give a try.
I'm completely new to this software,but I'll figure it out.
Advised is always welcomed.
foobear2 years ago
I love this and really want to figure out how to do the slicing thing
poofrabbit2 years ago
OK scoochmaroo, I've downloaded the program, but how do I get your files to open? I'm dumb, what opens an eps file? help! I so want to print out the templates and make this bad boy! :)
Just drag and drop the downloaded file onto a clean page of Winword...As simple as that. :)
Wait I'm dumb I can import them to word, any suggestion on how to make these to the size you used?
scoochmaroo (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Oh gosh, I don't know! I used Adobe Illustrator, and I know Corel Draw works, but I don't know about others. Maybe one of the free programs out there like gimp?

I know if you can also download it directly from the 123D Make page to make sure you get the right size, and you can change the printing options to print them out on 8.5"x11" instead of the 24"x36" format I put them in.

I hope that helps!
That does help thanks a million!
That is awesome!!
Vika842 years ago
Impressive and cute! :-)
HollyMann2 years ago
You have an incredible amount of patience!!!!!! I would have gone a little crazy trying to put this all together - pretty amazing!
HollyMann2 years ago
Wow - this is awesome. I have also seen some really cool looking cat loungers made from cardboard..and the cats love to tear into these things and scratch away....
I really like this I am going to download software and have a play
drewgrey2 years ago
I am amazed
poofrabbit2 years ago
OMG this is so cool, this cements it, I am downloading this program right now.
this is awesome BTW CATS ROCK!!!!
Hahaha, love the cat fight photos. It turned out so well!
It's just so adorable!
canucksgirl2 years ago
Finally a cat that doesn't need liter box training and doesn't shed!
SHIFT!2 years ago
Awesome!.....But can it nyan?