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Yoda Sighting at IMTS!

Okay, so he may not have originated from a plastic injection mold, but it’s my blog, right?! And, how cool is he!! This rendition of Yoda was actually created from nine sheets of plywood—90 layers total.

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Okay, so he may not have originated from a plastic injection mold, but it’s my blog, right?! And, how cool is he!! This rendition of Yoda was actually created from nine sheets of plywood—90 layers total—and machined with Mastercam X6 MU2 software.
 
Brian Ducat, Technical Services, CNC Software, Inc. machined Yoda at Pith Products—a manufacturer of reusable wood and composite containers for storage and shipping of precision instruments, equipment, tools, etc. Pith allowed the use of its facility to former employee Brian and his design partner, Keith Butzgy, Corporate Sales, CNC Software, Inc. Both Brian and Keith worked on Yoda on their own time.
 
The original STF file was sliced with Verisurf software. Both programming time and machining time took one hour and 45 minutes, three and a half hours total; and assembly time was three hours. Yoda stands approximately 19 inches tall, is 23 inches deep and measures approximately 4 feet ear to ear.