For this year's Burning Man, we threw in with our good friends Jon & Kystren of Form and Reform
. You many know them from their awesome 'how to make a snail car' Instructable
they made a while back.
Jon & Kyrsten had a big, big idea
: to make a pair of 50' long art cars, two serpents, one light and one dark, based upon ancient mythology with a 'sky viking' theme and full of programmable LEDs. How could one resist helping out with something so awesome?
Anyways, one big thing we helped with was the tails. While most of the Serpents were made via Jon's master blacksmith handmade methods, the tails were fully digitally fabricated. That means made by robots. Well, cut out by robots, and assembled by us!
So in this instructable, we're going to go through step-by-step how we did that, and dive into the deep end of digital fabrication.