11/17/19 - I'm going to convert the
NextGen Frame over to using what I'm calling a Tab Core. No PVC pipe,
No Sliders. Makes it easier to manufacture and assemble. Preliminary description here. Since I'm making changes I'm going to solicit suggestions for other changes to the NextGen Frame. One suggestion, made a while ago, is to provide 2 of the dome
drive spur gear. Doubling up it's thickness makes aligning the drive
gear with the mating ring gear easier.
Have a suggestion of your own? Send me email:
fpirz (at) media (dash) conversions (dot) net.
- See the note below about the CNC Shop status. My prototype work to
create a version of the Outer Foot Shell design using .188
has gone thru version 0. There were some minor problems that are going
to require a second run. Delays in getting parts cut are slowing things
down more than I would like.
10/06/19 - My
CNC shop has advised me that they can no longer get sheets of .220
Styrene. The industry has changed, yet again. Several years ago I had
to change from .250 to .220. Now the change will be from .220 to .1875
(3/16 - also called .188). I've been using .188 for a few years now in
new projects where rigidity is required. This change causes problems
for four R2 parts packages: CS:L Eggcrate Frame, The
Eggcrate Center Ankle, The Legacy Center Foot and the Outer Foot Drive
& Shell. Fortunately I've already been developing alternate
designs. I'll be replacing The Eggcrate Center Ankle with
the Hex Center ankle, and replacing the Legacy Center Foot with the SAK Center Foot. I'm currently
re-designing the Outer Foot design to use .188 instead of .220.
Once that has been completed I'll look at the CSL: Frame design. I have
a small stock of the older panels and will continue to ship them until
that supply is exhausted. I do not expect there to be any additional
09/14/19 - With
more than a little reluctance I'm announcing a price increase for 3 of
my parts packages: Battery Boxes, Outer Foot & Center Foot.
More info is on the R2D2-CNC pages.
Developments - Shoulder Horseshoes are out of prototype and
available with complete assembly instructions.
Chopper's Legs are through version 0 of prototype. See the
assembly, as far as it got, on the Chopper website.
Apparently the Holiday season has arrived early for my CNC shop. They
are being hit repeatedly by large rush orders. To complicate their
problems a small fire took their Laser Cutter out of service. The
repairs may not be completed until 11/11/19 as they have to replace the
laser head. Until then they will be unable to cut .040 skins for some
of my parts packages. I'm continuing to ship parts packages. I'll
notify you when I ship your order if there are any .040 skins missing.
They will be shipped to you when I get them from the CNC shop.
For Order Status see the 2019 Orders List.
the packaging and pricing for CNC cut parts packages see my web
page at: www.r2d2-cnc.media-conversions
the pricing for 3D printed parts see my web page at: www.r2-3d.media-conversions.net
Media Conversions LLC
to the Media
Conversions R2D2 Construction web pages.
Background - A
little bit about me and why I want to build a full sized replica of
There's lots more to building a Droid than meets
the eye. Particularly if its going to be mobile.
For the longest time I've been embedding my Document
Packages (.zip files containing drawings in both .pdf and (autocad)
.dwg format) in with the web pages that describe the parts.
Unfortunately I have not been completely consistent in the way I
formatted the links to those packages. To fix that problem I've brought
all of the packages, and their links, together here.
have been approved by the R2BC Builder's Council to offer CNC cut parts
packages based on the designs I have posted here.
Additional information on the parts packages is on a
separate set of web pages. See: r2d2-cnc.media-conversions
Media Conversions attended
DroidConII and Presented two talks. See all of the DroidConII material here.
part of the design process I create 3D models of
the R2 parts that I'm building.
I'm using Alibre
Designs 3D design package and I'm publishing the models in STEP AP203
(.stp) format in English (inch) units.
The Models have been given a separate set of web pages. The 3D
models page is here.
Useful reference items
Contact me using: fpirz (at) media (dash) conversions (dot)
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