Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Finished Cutting Battery Boxes & Foot Shells, Trimmed Axle, Test Fitted Feet

Today I cut the battery boxes and foot shells to allow access to the bolt that will hold the feet onto the ankles. This pretty much wraps up the cutting on these parts, except I'll need to open a small hole at the top of each outer foot shell for the motor wires to pass through.

It isn't necessarily pretty, but it doesn't need to be.

I also had to trim one of the axles, Sunday's drivetrain modification brought the 22-tooth gear closer to the axle overhang, so this got rid of the overhang.

And then, it was time to do a test fit of the drivetrain, foot shells and battery boxes on the droid.

The biggest problem is that the round areas at the bottom of the center and right ankles are running into the foot shells as R2 leans back. I think I'm going to have to sand or file down (and repaint) these curved areas on the center ankle, and do something to the right ankle cylinder holder to get it a little higher. Without these modifications, R2 won't be able to tilt the standard 36 degrees.

Still, it was nice to see him on three feet for the first time in a long while.

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