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Happy Star Wars Day!

In the spirit of Star Wars Day, we thought we’d share a project with you that we’ve been working on at Maker Depot – a life-size R2D2. This is an ongoing project that involves technology, machines, skills, and materials from most of our workshop. Take a look at how it’s progressing and please leave any comments or questions you might have at the end. And of course, we’ll keep you updated on our progress.

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The ring is a lazy Susan ring, purchased from Rockler. It has been placed on top of the R2D2 main body, which was cut from plywood.

 

Another shot of the main body stucture. This was cut out of ½” and ¾” plywood on the ShopBot CNC machine using plans from the Astromech Yahoo group.

This is a back shot of the main body showing the areas where the additional features are going to be situated. These parts are going to be either 3D printed or purchased.

This is a back shot of the main body showing the areas where the additional features are going to be situated. These parts are going to be either 3D printed or purchased.

A  binder that contains all of the plans/instructions and other stuff that has been downloaded from the Astromech yahoo group or just from the web.  There are many different ways to build an R2D2 or Astromech, wood being one of the lesser expensive options to a full blown Aluminum droid.

A binder that contains all of the plans/instructions and other stuff that has been downloaded from the Astromech yahoo group or just from the web. There are many different ways to build an R2D2 or Astromech, wood being one of the lesser expensive options to a full blown Aluminum droid.

3D printed parts for the leg portions of the R2D2. Plans for the STL files were found on the Astromech Yahoo group.  Some of the parts are plain and haven’t been finished, whereas one of the parts has been painted aluminum.

3D printed parts for the leg portions of the R2D2. Plans for the STL files were found on the Astromech Yahoo group. Some of the parts are plain and haven’t been finished, whereas one of the parts has been painted aluminum.

Additional wood pieces for the center foot assembly that was cut out on the ShopBot CNC.

Additional wood pieces for the center foot assembly that was cut out on the ShopBot CNC.

The shoulder for the legs were cut out on the Epilog Laser Cutter/Engraver and then painted. They need to be glued together to form the top, shoulder of the legs. The insert areas are were 3D Printed parts are placed. Others use machine aluminum parts or even resin parts.

The shoulder for the legs were cut out on the Epilog Laser Cutter/Engraver and then painted. They need to be glued together to form the top, shoulder of the legs. The insert areas are were 3D Printed parts are placed. Others use machine aluminum parts or even resin parts.

Original plans from the Astromech site that were used to design the necessary plans for the ShopBot CNC machine. The PDFs were brought into VcarvePro and the tool paths generated to cut out the necessary shapes.

Original plans from the Astromech site that were used to design the necessary plans for the ShopBot CNC machine. The PDFs were brought into VcarvePro and the tool paths generated to cut out the necessary shapes.

The back of one of the legs that has been glued together and is waiting the finishing work. Made of Plywood and cutout on the ShopBot CNC machine using plans from the Astromech Yahoo Group.

The back of one of the legs that has been glued together and is waiting the finishing work. Made of Plywood and cutout on the ShopBot CNC machine using plans from the Astromech Yahoo Group.

Flip side of the right leg showing the preliminary finishing process.

Flip side of the right leg showing the preliminary finishing process.

The left leg mocked up with some of the additional pieces added to it. Still a lot to do here, but at least you can start to see what it will look like.

The left leg mocked up with some of the additional pieces added to it. Still a lot to do here, but at least you can start to see what it will look like.

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