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# 251316 18-Jun-2019 21:11
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Hi Guys

I know there are a few site in  the US that supply this hardware, but I'm concerned about the dome being shipped from the US to NZ.

My daughter has expressed a desire to do some robotic based electronics with me after doing some after school classes I helped out with in robotics and I have wanted to build one of these since I was 8.

I'm not after the fully completed or ready to asemble type kit, more along the idea this is going to take a couple of years and a few thousand dollars to complete type of kit.

I've made my own 3d printer and am in the process of making another one so I can build bigger components (300x300x350mm build volume) so I'm no stranger to building.

Has anyone heard of someone in NZ that can supply a dome? Even just the dome, one that matches the size of a kit for the rest that is supplied from the US?

I'm open to suggestions. The Dome is the hardest part to make myself - if I have the plans I can get the rest routered locally from styrene without any reall problem. (want to build a CNC router one day, but that's a bit much for the garage...)

If anyone has any info, feel free to reply.


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  # 2260539 18-Jun-2019 21:46
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As a 501st chump, I can point you in direction of the Droid Builders - your go-to if you are willing to spend the moneys. They are a pit of information if you hadn't found them already




There's a couple of people around the country printing R2s at present, And we have a resident motorised one in Akl and static in welly we call on. I can't recall off hand what their domes were made from, one may have been fibreglass moulded over styrene

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  # 2260543 18-Jun-2019 21:55
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Doing a bit of digging to see if I can find out if they sourced locally. Think one may have been a aluminium pulled dome, and the rest was built to scale around it. But going the other way may be... hard




/edit Found Matts build thread :)


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  # 2260639 19-Jun-2019 07:56
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Thanks Oblivian


Having built things in the past the hard way, I'm keen to do it the easy way!


Definitely having the dome first will help.


Thanks for the link to the NZ build I will look at and see what I can use to help my Daughter and I move to make an R2 unit. :-)

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