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My own version BB-8, the new droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens‎.

Check-out the video for a demo and overview of the assembly process.

It's powered by an Arduino board and remote controlled via RF. This droid self-balance on two wheels, play sounds, and has several programmable LEDs.

Advantages of this version:

  • Half-size, meaning shorter printing time : 50 hours versus 300+ hours for a full-size version.
  • 3D details on the shell meaning less painting required.
  • Can easily move around on wheels, keeping its head on top.
  • Robotic platform is the instabot v3 available from Sainsmart.

This BB-8 droid has been featured on IGN, LiveScience, 3DPrint.com

Step 1: 3D Model

This BB-8 was entirely designed in SketchUp. The head is printable in one piece of 11cm in diameter, and the body is divided in 8 pieces of 10x10x10cm. Here are the STLs:

  • bb8_head: Entire head, the diameter is ~11cm (4.5inch)
  • bb8_body1: Body bottom-front-right
  • bb8_body2: Body bottom-front-left
  • bb8_body3: Body bottom-back-left
  • bb8_body4: Body bottom-back-right
  • bb8_body5: Body Top-front-right
  • bb8_body6: Body Top-front-left
  • bb8_body7: Body Top-back-left
  • bb8_body8: Body Top-back-right
  • bb8_neck: Neck platform for the head
  • bb8_servo_gear: Gear to place on a micro-servo
  • bb8_spine: Rod holding the head on the body
  • bb8_spine_gear: Gear to place on the spine which connect with the head servo
  • bb8_projector: Small cone to place in head.

The SketchUp plugin Solid Inspector² was really useful to find common 3D errors in your model that would make the slicing process difficult for printing.

Once the mesh is clear of bugs, I used the STL file Exporter plugin to export STL files to the slicing software.

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<p>Well I don't have a printer, but you totally deserved my vote for your unique idea and concept!</p>
<p>wow youre here,btw your code voice control drone didn't work </p>
<p>THATS SUPER MLGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>are you going to sell these by chance, i dont have a printer.</p>
<p>nice work, and great result</p>
<p>Awesome project.</p>

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