Star Wars and the associated branding is rife throughout the media and advertising outlets as the latest chapter in the epic space saga is released.
The premiere of a new Star Wars movie (and perhaps a new generation of fans) will be here in just a few months. While the intergalactic story has always held a special place with me, I was one of the many fans that felt let down by George Lucas’ butchering of the first three episodes of the saga. Since my childhood (when the CGI-ridden prequels were in full swing), I have hoped for the return of animatronics and puppeteers to Star Wars, and add a sense of gritty realism back into the story.
Paul Szudzik is a former IBM programmer who builds 1/96 scale model ships, frequents a camera club, and creates art out of metal and wood. To support his varying hobbies, Paul enlists the help of a Tormach PCNC 1100 CNC mill throughout his varying hobbies.
Jeff Slack runs West Coast CNC Products near his home in Cape Coral, Florida. A North Missouri transplant, Slack knows first-hand the Sunshine State is a tough place to make a living. “In Florida there are very few jobs, so you either work for less or create your own. And, often times you need to acquire a new skill in order to make that job.” For Slack, that skill was CNC machining.
Video game company co-founder and Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Jesse Hayes of Rohnert Park, California just put the finishing touches on a project a year in the making—an all-aluminum re-build of R2-D2. Documented on his R2-D2 build blog and with the help of AstroMech.net, an R2-D2 builders club, Hayes answered a few questions about his CNC background and experience as well as a few other projects he’s currently working on.
For Star Wars über fans, Tested.com released a video late last week showing Adam Savage and Norm Chan doing a build of Han Solo's DL-44 blaster.