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3D printed Weebo from Flubber can talk, take pictures, and let you relive a childhood classic – 3ders.org (blog)

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Apr 6, 2016 | By Kira
Fans of the 1997 Disney classic Flubber, rejoice! Ed Zarick, fire fighter and self-taught 3D printing engineer, is createing and assembling a functional 3D printed Weebo, the charismatic flying robot and assistant to Professor Philip Brainard, played by the late, excellent Robin Williams.

Previously, Zarick brought us his fully functional, life-size 3D printed BB-8 droid, which was his initially robot at any time and an entirely astounding good results story. His following project, a 3D printed R2D2, was intended to go on the Star Wars theme, howat any time while waiting for backordered parts to arrive, he decided to take on an in fact bigger challenge: 3D printing Weebo of scratch.
Whereas blueprints for the always-popular BB-8 and R2D2 droids can be discovered across the web, to our knowledge, nobody has at any time attempted to 3D print a functional Weebo replica, which drew Zarick to the case. “It is fun to manufacture a BB-8 or R2, don’t get me wrong, but there is a thing of coming up with at any timeything of scratch,” he told 3Ders.org.
The original Weebo is a floating yellow and grey robot with mismatched, light-up eyes and a stellar personality. In addition to assisting Professor Brainard with his off-the-wall science experiments, she may express difficult emotions by projecting old-school movie clips onto her LCD screen and may in fact take Polaroid-fashion photos.

To manufacture his own 3D printed Weebo as realistic as possible, Zarick is programming her to talk, light up, project original movie clips, and in fact take and print photos on command.
Zarick began by 3D modeling the Weebo replica via Autodesk Inventor mechanical create and 3D CAD software. On the other hand the original plan was to 3D print the entire robot, he achieveed which due to the mass of the servos, a 3D printed base plate may be too flimsy. Instead, he utilized his CNC router to cut a lightmass and strong aluminium base.


The rest of Weebo’s body, which include her upper and lower shell, assist, and add-ons, are entirely 3D printed via ABS and PLA on a MakerBot Replicator 2X, requiring roughly 40 hours of 3D printing total.
One of the radest things of Zarick’s 3D printed Weebo is which she can in fact be able-bodied to take swift photos. “In the movie, Weebo takes a photo of the professor and Flubber and prints out a Polaroid fashion photo,” he explained. “I wanted this same function in mine, in fact yet the Weebo in the movie was only set up to ‘spit’ out a picture which was may already taken. She does not in fact print it, but mine can!”


To complete this, he is via a Raspberry Pi board and Raspberry Pi camera to take the photos, which can and so be sent to a small, LG Pocket Printer to print 2×3” photos over Bluetooth. “So far, it works excellent. It is only a matter of getting it all to take place instantly along with Weebo saying ‘smile!’”
One other insanely rad showcase? The 3D printed Weebo can be able-bodied to talk and project movies of a fully functional screen. Going for full-on auand soticity, Zarick has hired a voice actress which can mimic Jodi Benson (a.k.a. the original voice of Weebo and Arial of The Little Mermaid). They can be recording a variety of original lines and ones of the movie, and mixing them with actual movie clips to manufacture Weebo quite come to life.
“I have spent countless hours and requested assist of folks on therpf.com (Replica Prop Forum) to assist figure out where all the clips Weebo played in the movie came of. Most were of pre-1950s movies and cartoons, so you can see the difficulty in finding these clips!” he said.

Just like the original, shown above, the 3D printed weebo can have a functional screen to display movie clips
The only real difference between the original Weebo and Zarick’s replica is the fact which she won’t be able-bodied to fly—but he’s come up with a creative solution for which, too: “She can be too heavy for a quadcopter setup. And in fact and so it may be quite loud. So I have in addition been createing a base/stand for her which can be able-bodied to move her which can simulate flight. So when she speaks, she can be able-bodied to swing and turn to simulate a hover.”


As a child of the 90s myself, I am additional than excited to see how the finished, 3D printed talking Weebo turns out. Zarick expects to finish the assembly and programming in the following month or so, at which point he can post a step-by-step create tutorial on his website, Ed’s Junk. “It has been a excellent learning experience for me and is a step above by BB-8 since I am attempting to achieve it all on my own of scratch,” he said. “She can end up being of my favourite creates.”

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