Laser Cut Millennium Falcon

 
 

During a two year Masters program at MIT I worked on a number of projects outside my thesis, one of the most interesting being this Millennium Falcon made of laser cut cardboard, which later became a chandelier when combined with several hundred holiday bulbs.

I made the project as part of a class, “How to Make Almost Anything” which is a rapid prototyping class at MIT taught by Neil Gershenfeld. Neil is one of the smartest people on the planet and you need to brush up on every math class you have ever taken just to know what he is talking about.

For one of the class projects I made a python script that takes a 3D model and slices it into layers.  A modified version of the script generated a set of instructions for building a 3D model using strips of press-fit cardboard, and I figured the Millennium Falcon was as good as any.