Making Rubber Duckie Floats for Krewe Of Muses… Using A Robot

Making Rubber Duckie Floats for Krewe Of Muses… Using A Robot

Sculpting robot ‘Pixie’ keeps amazing everybody with it’s versatile capabilities. For Mardi Gras 2017, the Krewe of Muses asked if we could make them some ‘rubber duckies’ to follow their signature ‘Bath Tub’ float. And so we got Pixie to do just that!

Our digital 3D artist Brennan Steele modeled a mama duck and 3 baby duckies and translated the 3D models into a ‘tool path’, which is no more or less that a set of instructions that robot Pixie understands.

Working over 100 hours unattended, Pixie milled out the individual pieces of the 30′ long x 12′ wide x 17′ tall Mama Duck and created the base for the molds of the 20′ long  x 12′ wide x 10′ tall Baby Ducks. No less than 4,750 square feet of styrofoam was used!

Reporters were intrigued by the ‘Duck’ story! Check the video report by the Advocate or have a look at the ‘Quack Quack’ story by WGNO’s ‘News with a Twist‘. For a full behind-the-scenes perspective watch our very own production video!

 

New Orleans, February 2017