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R4-Y0 Astromech droid
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R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by gucabe on Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:49 pm

Hi, ever since I was a little kid I fell in love with R2-D2 and have always wanted to have one of my own. 30 something years later I joined the R2 builders club and started working on my own astromech droid. Took me one and a half years to complete it, well to certain extent. A project like this is never realy done, you always add more and more stuff. But here is what I have so far.

His name is R4-Y0 (aka "El Rayo") and he is an imperial astromech droid.

Main body controller: Arduino Uno. Has the main program to control the movement, sound triggers, servo signals and serial communication to daughter boards.
Dome controller: Arduino pro mini. Communicates with main controller and controlls the lights
Coin slot sequence: Trinket pro. and leds
Data panel: Trinket pro. led matrixes and neo pixels

The utility arms are servo driven and Im using the Adafruit metal gear servos along with the adafruit servo expander.

I am also using the adafruit 2mb sound board to add additional sounds. Main sound board is from a different source since I needed to use an SD card.

The control is done using a wireless ps2 controller and dongle. Connected directly to the Arduino.

R4Y0 y Gus small.jpg
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Videos of the features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPCxywp4Ow4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdInh_8EkUA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3HBCsAKG-w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30a5kO02ojo


Still lots of stuff to do like adding door servos and gripper arms etc. I'm planning on migrating to the Feather ecosystem for my next upgrades and features.
Thanks to the adafruit team and Lady Ada for making such great products.

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Re: R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by adafruit_support_bill on Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:00 pm

That is a truly awesome looking build! Thanks for posting.

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Re: R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by gucabe on Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:53 pm

Thanks Bill

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Re: R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by adafruit_support_mike on Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:33 am

That really is beautiful work!

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Re: R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by gucabe on Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:00 pm

Oh and forgot to mention that a lot of the pieces from my build where 3d printed from the prnterbot i bought from you guys.

Once i get the gripper arm working ill post an update vid.

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Re: R4-Y0 Astromech droid

by gucabe on Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:37 pm

Got the gripper arm going up and down now. Next is to install the door sevo and then the gripper motor to open and close.

Video: https://youtu.be/qaQTAwFrM1E

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