Rhino 4.0/AutoDesk Inventor
Wood (Maple, Pine...whatever you can find)
Metal Rod/Tubing 1/2" and 1/4 "(Steel, Stainless, or Aluminum)
Sheet Metal 16g or 14g (Steel, Stainless, or Aluminum)
Skills and Tools Needed:
Shop Bot 2 and 2.5D
5" Diameter Pipe
Sanding and filing
Step 1: Making a model
Once I gathered my measurements, I created a model in Rhino 4.0. The parts in purple will be made of wood and the blue, metal. From this model, you're going to create the part files for the Shop Bot.
Step 2: 123D Make
I considered doing a 2.5D for the round portion but since I placed registry holes in his body it is necessary to route this section in layers and then glue him together. This method of construction is perfect for 123D Make.
I saved my file as an STL, then imported it into 123D Make.
From there, you can input the size of your object, your material( it's good have your material on hand so that you can take accurate measurements) and how you want it sliced.
It will automatically draw the vector files for you based your parameters! (There will still be some clean up in V-carve) You will then save the file as an .eps or PDF.