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Hey Everyone! 

I'm excited to be a part of the 3D printed droids family! I had actually started on a 3D printed BB-8 build, but after seeing several R2-D2 builds at Dragon Con over the weekend, I realized I should probably start there to learn the ins and outs. I'm a software developer by trade and have been teaching myself a variety of maker skills over the last two years and this will be my masterclass in electronics to this point when it is all said and done. I'm looking forward to the project and talking with all of you!

Woody
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#2
Welcome to the group.

Printing, BB-8 is easier - electronics, R2 is easier.

Pick your poison  Big Grin

Make sure and post pics of your progress.
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Even the pics of what didn't work and how you fixed them are good, helps others first avoid the problems, and second, how to overcome them if they run into the same of similar problems.
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(09-04-2018, 10:25 PM)LarryJ Wrote: Welcome to the group.

Printing, BB-8 is easier - electronics, R2 is easier.

Pick your poison  Big Grin

Make sure and post pics of your progress.
Thanks! 

Such generous choices haha!

Yeah, I think the simpler electronics will be more helpful right now. That's the area where my knowledge is lacking most. 

I definitely will! I'm getting my enclosure set up for ABS this week and will start printing as soon as possible.

(09-04-2018, 10:27 PM)Cyber_One Wrote: Even the pics of what didn't work and how you fixed them are good, helps others first avoid the problems, and second, how to overcome them if they run into the same of similar problems.

For sure! I intend on doing a full build log when I get back into it. I just jumped in a little too deep right away. It'll get done eventually, and hopefully what I learned can help some other people!
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(09-04-2018, 08:35 PM)woody Wrote: Hey Everyone! 

I'm excited to be a part of the 3D printed droids family! I had actually started on a 3D printed BB-8 build, but after seeing several R2-D2 builds at Dragon Con over the weekend, I realized I should probably start there to learn the ins and outs. I'm a software developer by trade and have been teaching myself a variety of maker skills over the last two years and this will be my masterclass in electronics to this point when it is all said and done. I'm looking forward to the project and talking with all of you!

Woody

Hey I was at Dragon*Con! You probably saw my droid. I literally spent the whole con working the floor of the Marriott and Hyatt lobbies.  R2's are more mobile!  They can go just about anywhere the BB-8s were confined to the carpeted areas.

Just my two cents.

Eebel
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(09-05-2018, 08:56 PM)Eebel Wrote:
(09-04-2018, 08:35 PM)woody Wrote: Hey Everyone! 

I'm excited to be a part of the 3D printed droids family! I had actually started on a 3D printed BB-8 build, but after seeing several R2-D2 builds at Dragon Con over the weekend, I realized I should probably start there to learn the ins and outs. I'm a software developer by trade and have been teaching myself a variety of maker skills over the last two years and this will be my masterclass in electronics to this point when it is all said and done. I'm looking forward to the project and talking with all of you!

Woody

Hey I was at Dragon*Con! You probably saw my droid. I literally spent the whole con working the floor of the Marriott and Hyatt lobbies.  R2's are more mobile!  They can go just about anywhere the BB-8s were confined to the carpeted areas.

Just my two cents.

Eebel

The one BB-8 builder in the Sacramento Astromech Builders group won't drive his off carpet either. Did they give you any reason why? My guess is the paint - the only ones I have seen running on tile have been painted with a urethane.
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(09-05-2018, 10:50 PM)LarryJ Wrote:
(09-05-2018, 08:56 PM)Eebel Wrote:
(09-04-2018, 08:35 PM)woody Wrote: Hey Everyone! 

I'm excited to be a part of the 3D printed droids family! I had actually started on a 3D printed BB-8 build, but after seeing several R2-D2 builds at Dragon Con over the weekend, I realized I should probably start there to learn the ins and outs. I'm a software developer by trade and have been teaching myself a variety of maker skills over the last two years and this will be my masterclass in electronics to this point when it is all said and done. I'm looking forward to the project and talking with all of you!

Woody

Hey I was at Dragon*Con! You probably saw my droid. I literally spent the whole con working the floor of the Marriott and Hyatt lobbies.  R2's are more mobile!  They can go just about anywhere the BB-8s were confined to the carpeted areas.

Just my two cents.

Eebel

The one BB-8 builder in the Sacramento Astromech Builders group won't drive his off carpet either. Did they give you any reason why? My guess is the paint - the only ones I have seen running on tile have been painted with a urethane.

Oddly enough, I did not get to talk to them about tech issues very much.  Too many people asking for pictures and such.  But I suspect it is the painted finish, and the spilled beer!

Eebel
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(09-05-2018, 08:56 PM)Eebel Wrote:
(09-04-2018, 08:35 PM)woody Wrote: Hey Everyone! 

I'm excited to be a part of the 3D printed droids family! I had actually started on a 3D printed BB-8 build, but after seeing several R2-D2 builds at Dragon Con over the weekend, I realized I should probably start there to learn the ins and outs. I'm a software developer by trade and have been teaching myself a variety of maker skills over the last two years and this will be my masterclass in electronics to this point when it is all said and done. I'm looking forward to the project and talking with all of you!

Woody

Hey I was at Dragon*Con! You probably saw my droid. I literally spent the whole con working the floor of the Marriott and Hyatt lobbies.  R2's are more mobile!  They can go just about anywhere the BB-8s were confined to the carpeted areas.

Just my two cents.

Eebel

Yeah! I was the guy who talked to you on Thursday night outside one of the Marriott ballrooms and wrote down your information in my phone! Thanks again for talking to me and giving me some insight. I'm really excited to start this build. I just finished the enclosure for my printer today, so I'll begin printing in the morning.

That's really good to know! One more reason to start with this one. I never thought about that aspect of the BB-8s, but I can't blame them. 

Woody
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