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Star Wars Rebels C1-10P 3D build (Chopper)

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4 minutes ago, zv288bot said:

(...)   So far, each of those panels will be taking my printer approximately, 1 day, 18hours and 11mins according to Cura.  :shok:

Gotta add your electricity costs into the budget of this project. ;)

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1 minute ago, T-Jay said:

Gotta add your electricity costs into the budget of this project. ;)

My wife keeps asking me that same question. Haha!

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My wife keeps asking me that same question. Haha!


Not that I really want to know, but I’m tempted to hook my printer through my power usage meter once I get up and running. Picked up the meter several years ago to measure exterior Christmas lights, but never actually paid attention to it.


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1 hour ago, MaskedVengeance said:

 


Not that I really want to know, but I’m tempted to hook my printer through my power usage meter once I get up and running. Picked up the meter several years ago to measure exterior Christmas lights, but never actually paid attention to it.


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On a couple of facebook groups people have ask and the response has usually been it's pennies on the dollar. Oh well, what a couple of more months at this point! 

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So I have completely epoxied the head, no going back now. I cut a piece of styrene for the lid of the dome and I have started to sand and get it prepped for paint. I still need to order all of the electronics for the dome alone. Following a builders log, I need a couple of neopixel leds, an arduino, a usb stick, a couple of neopixel stick for his power LED on the side of his dome and lastly, a clue. Then more sanding and I need to place a layer of spot putty/bondo on the dome for sure.

 

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I completed all of the skins on the Jan 23rd. So that was a little over 2 months, almost non stop printing to print out, the dome, the body frame, the body skins, the skirt and some random parts as I tried to use up the remnants of all the spools I have laying around. Also, in case anyone was wondering. That's 50 (fifty) nuts and bolts. Just to attach all of his panels. 

 

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Next up... Printing legs... for days...

 

 

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So, IMHO, the legs are the freaking most scariest thing on this build. I am not sure why, it probably has to do with the fact that the leg files haven't been released to astromech.net yet because they are still a work in progress. Honestly, my bigger concern is that most of the 3d print chopper builds go undocumented. I guess I am spoiled or ruined by this forum. The amount of info shared on this site is amazing compared to others I frequent. Anyhoo... I started the legs, The guy that created the files made them with areas for captured nuts. To do so, you need to time it so you can pause the print and drop them in. Resume the print and in theory they become part of the piece. My issue with this is I usually have these prints going all night and day and definitely while I am at work. So,that's not gonna work for me. I decided in my over arrogance to take his files to tinkercad and modify them so I could complete the pint and just drop nuts and washer in. A couple of hours in and I think I did pretty good.

 

 First leg piece. This is the shoulder for the left leg. (about 25 hours to print)

 

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Next up, the modified lower part of the shoulder!

 

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Close up of the slot I made. A little sloppy but I will just file them.

 

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So printed that second piece went right for the epoxy! Feeling super good!

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Here is another piece...

 

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Starting to look like something.

 

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Now I have 3 pieces left to go to finish this one shoulder.

 

 

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Next up and 24+ hours later...

 

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You know what, this is going pretty good. Why was I so scared. I should have know, everything is gonna be alright...

 

Wha....!

 

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Why is this...

 

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it's ok, breathe... 

 

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So I take it to facebook cause no one responds on the astromech forum and I get what I absolutely did not want to hear. Something is messed up. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

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So something is out of wack. But which piece, technically I have 3 pieces that can be the culprit and all of them are 24+ hour prints!! Someone on facebook mentioned a center hub needed to be printed, it was less than 24 hours to print so I decided to go for that. That should tell me if it is the 2 pieces I epoxied together or the rounded shoulder piece. Here goes nothing!

 

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Ok, so the hub doesn't fit. After starring at it long and hard, It looks like when I modified the slots into that lower shoulder piece I must have changed the overall size of the piece. (Curse you 3D printing gods!!!) So... I now need to reprint those two pieces because I was overly confident and epoxied them together instead of just letting them sit like I did with everything else!!

 

Here is more proof that the rounded shoulder piece printed right. The hub matches the cut out perfectly.

 

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oh well, it's been a pretty smooth ride so far, right?

 

 

 

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Days later, new pieces are looking good. New shoulder piece is currently printing and should be done by the morning.

 

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So as I have been hanging out on facebook droid sites, I was asking around about a cut acrylic piece for choppers leds on the side of his head. I finally did get in touch with a guy whose post I originally saw but unfortunately, the sizes did not match. (Droids don't have CRLs so it's all up to artistic expression) This droid not being as popular as R2 definitely has a bunch of builds with differences some subtle and some obvious. A few days latter a fellow chopper builder reached out and said she would give it a try. She had me visit her etsy shop. Purchase some lenses for another item and remark that I needs this cut for my chopper. Well what I received soon after was amazing.

 

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The fit was spot on. The thing that impressed me the most about this whole deal was I basically gave her a drawing with some general dimensions on a piece of paper, hand drawn. This is what I got back! Blown away.

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Chopper is way simpler than an R2. He doesn't really have a lot of fancy strobe lights, no flaps... flapping away. He's is pretty basic and straight forward. When it come to additional features outside of just head spinning and moving on wheels, I decided I wanted to immediately start with having his arm (center of his body) move in and out. So while leg prints printed. I started putting together all of the piece to get this going.

 

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Again, I really need a clue.

 

 

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This is so impressive Jorge, cant wait to see the finished product.

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