Jack o Lantern for MAKERBOT (contest)

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Jack o Lantern for MAKERBOT (contest) by foxxtrotalpha Apr 16, 2010

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I made this Jack o Lantern for the MAKERBOT contest. It wold be a really cool project to print. Everyone who has tried carving a pumpkin has had a bad experience with carvings that just didn't come out how they wanted. With this project, you could design a cool, complicated design, or keep it simple. I made the carving with "MAKE:" cut into the pumpkin in honor or make magazine, and for an example of a carving. This could be a very fun project because you could design your own unique jack o lantern, print it, and go into further customization. You could use a RGB LED instead of a candle, or make it Arduino powered, sensing motion, and light LED's or play sounds when someone gets close to the lantern. The option are almost limitless. Also this project would help promote being GREEN because you could print one pumpkin, and reuse it year after year, unlike the generic plastic pumpkins that get trashed after use. Save the real pumpkins for pumpkin pie!


open: Blank_pumpkin_MAKERBOT (Requires 3DS MAX 7 or later)
design your carving, (making sure there are no floating pieces)
Select Pumpkin model
goto compound objects
boolean, select operand B
click your design to be cut

select the pumpkin mesh (probably renamed to boolean object)
goto Modifiers list and select "editable poly"
go back to compound objects -> boolean
select operand B and select "inside skin" (your pumpkin should now be hollow)

the bottom of the pumpkin isn't flat. Since each carving requires the pumpkin to sit in a different position, I left the bottom kind of round, and the designer of the jack o lantern should modify the mesh of the pumpkin to have it sit in the desired position for display

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