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 #21126  by oota goota
 Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:06 pm
good to know I might go have a look see what folk are doing over there
 #21152  by badges2nz
 Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:22 am
Armante wrote:Anyone seen this? :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QbFvDIyy1k
Hey thanks for sharing that Armante, it looks like a nice quick cheap way to start making your own BB8.
 #21154  by oota goota
 Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:01 pm
Yeah the guy is really clever, quite an all rounder and given the materials he was using he got a nice result!
 #21421  by oota goota
 Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:33 am
Had a good brainstorm with MG over the weekend. a tentative way forward with the droid is to try the following;

* Vac form the white body panels based on an acrylic dome
* 3d print a generic orange/ white circle body panel with as much detail as possible and mold can cast this 6 times per droid
* Print metallic decals for the centre details of the circles.
* 3d print and duplicate head.

ok so well a little of progress on this :)
 #21429  by Bazzack
 Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:49 pm
This all sounds good. Has anyone purchased a dome/pair of domes for the body yet?
I'm pretty keen to get an order in do will probably do that very soon.

And is there anyone in the group that has a 3d printer capable of printing the parts to mold from? Or are you thinking of going commercial on that?
oota goota wrote:Had a good brainstorm with MG over the weekend. a tentative way forward with the droid is to try the following;

* Vac form the white body panels based on an acrylic dome
* 3d print a generic orange/ white circle body panel with as much detail as possible and mold can cast this 6 times per droid
* Print metallic decals for the centre details of the circles.
* 3d print and duplicate head.

ok so well a little of progress on this :)
 #21430  by oota goota
 Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:36 pm
Bazzack wrote:This all sounds good. Has anyone purchased a dome/pair of domes for the body yet?
I'm pretty keen to get an order in do will probably do that very soon.

And is there anyone in the group that has a 3d printer capable of printing the parts to mold from? Or are you thinking of going commercial on that?
oota goota wrote:Had a good brainstorm with MG over the weekend. a tentative way forward with the droid is to try the following;

* Vac form the white body panels based on an acrylic dome
* 3d print a generic orange/ white circle body panel with as much detail as possible and mold can cast this 6 times per droid
* Print metallic decals for the centre details of the circles.
* 3d print and duplicate head.

ok so well a little of progress on this :)
I haven't got a dome yet got a couple of things to get through first. But I'll let you know when I do or if I can borrow one of yours for a test pull.

I can get access to a pretty good commercial printer but I'm not sure how much it would cost. I can scope it out if you like.
 #21434  by Bazzack
 Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:14 pm
oota goota wrote: I haven't got a dome yet got a couple of things to get through first. But I'll let you know when I do or if I can borrow one of yours for a test pull.

I can get access to a pretty good commercial printer but I'm not sure how much it would cost. I can scope it out if you like.
No problem to borrow a dome once I have them.
And it'd be good to get an idea of what a good commercial printer would cost to make the parts to mold off for sure.

Over on the BB-8 builders group there's a few guys working on a design for the complete internal body sphere, with attachable outer shell parts.
Pretty amazing stuff!
Photo borrowed from a post on the BB-8 builders Facebook page(Jon Johnson):
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 #21435  by oota goota
 Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:03 pm
wow that's cool! that's kind of what we are looking at I think although not as fancy :) We could attach each of our panels to an interior dome using those little round plugs that appear on all the panels.
 #21436  by Bazzack
 Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:17 pm
oota goota wrote:wow that's cool! that's kind of what we are looking at I think although not as fancy :) We could attach each of our panels to an interior dome using those little round plugs that appear on all the panels.
Great idea! I think that one has magnets attaching the big circle parts. And they'll use those panels to access the mechanicals, for those attempting a motorised BB
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