I’ve been quiet on my blog for few months because I’ve been hard at work with building my robots plus working on a very special project.
About a year ago I had this crazy idea about doing a live Wall*e film with my Wall’e robot. A few weeks ago I released the trailer and started a Kickster Campaign at the same time. The plan is to complete this feature fanfilm by December 2018. Now its only 2 day left for the Kickstarter and so far donations have been very slow and low. So I’ve decided to even ask my followers here on my blog if you could contribute something to make this year dream a reality.
I’ve included in this link my 2 trailers, 1 featurette and my Kickstarter page. Thank You for been a fan to my blog for all these years ❤
I’ve completed the build of my Wall-e about 5-6 years ago and had the desire to do some upgrades awhile now. Since last year I’ve really come to grips with 3d printing printing minor parts for R2 and other smaller projects but now have been giving Wall-e an “extreme makeover”. All the major parts of my Wall-e needed some TLC. So since June until September I’ve been letting my printers run 24/7 printing new CAD designed and fabricated parts in the hundreds. Specifically, the new treads are the biggest change. My original treads were made of foam rubber which I weren’t the best solution as they gripped the ground too well, waering out both the motors and motor controllers. These new ones glide a lot better and still have good traction where needed. The short list of new parts is:
- Totally new neck and connectors
- Completely printed head and eyes
- 70 new treads 40% solid PLA
- new conveyor belt gears of 75% solid PLA
- new BnL hubcaps all around
- 2 new arms including shoulder hub / pulleys
Next year the Wall-e film is 10 years old and I thought I’d have him in prime condition for the coming year of scheduled and surprise events (more to follow). So here are a few pictures of newly fabricated parts.
At ComicCon Stockholm a few weekends ago a visitor recorded a very short video of her friend greeting my Wall*E for the very first time. The moment, brief that it was was still a very magical encounter and here it is:
Today I was invited to the local public library that had a themed weekend about recycling. Of course my Wall-e is the perfect symbol (ambassador) for recycling. It was more of a meet and greet day, get the chance to selfies with Wall-e and learn a little bit about the importance of recycling. The public wasn’t as large as typical visits I’ve done in the past but was still a lot of fun a it was for a good cause. The library also offered to donate some funds to my charity of choice which is a double bonus. I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of the visitors interacting with my Wall-e but here’s a few, enjoy 🙂
Because I’ve been off from work the past week I’ve had lots of time to do some real progress on Wall-e .I even tested my gear/track set-up for the very first time and it actually worked. I’m going to tweek them a little more before I post the final pics. The eyes are also scratch built and the centre iris is a real lens thanks to my very close friend Fiona getting it for me. The Neck was a complicated structure. I wanted to make it look screen accurate and it is but I had to make it somewhat durable as well. Any way here are the latest pics
Thanks to my wonderful friend Fiona in Germany my Wall-E will have beautiful eyes. As you’ve seen in earlier posts my eye shells are almost done but I’ve been looking a very long time for a nice matching set of inner eye lenses. Now, thanks to Fiona I got what I’ve been looking for and they are perfect 🙂
This weekend has been a very busy one. First, I helped Jimmy E with his R5-D4 and its coming along nicely. We forgot to bring a camera but you’ll just have to take my word for it. Other than that I got some great work done on my Wall*E head. And thanks to another close friend, Louise, I managed get a 3D print out of 2 of the Wall*E treads. I wanted them to first see how the really look on a 1:1 scale and see that all my parts I’m making in the future will be in the right proportions. They look WOW. Its amazing that we have come so far in this day and age that we can “print” out object. Its like a Star Trek replicator. The 3d file I got from the wall*e builder group. The printed parts are expensive but will work perfectly for making molds from them. Here’s a few progress pics, enjoy 🙂