"He's a BB unit with a selenium drive and a thermal hyperscan vindicator." - Rey

In late 2012, I began my efforts to build my own R6 astromech - R6J5, also known as ArJay. After completing that, I started on this BB-unit. Below, you can follow the build process, just in case you might be interested in building one of your own. All files for the build can be found on the BB-8 builders clum forums forums.

This is an ongoing project that will be worked on as time permits. Case in point, the final pic taken for progress was in June 2018...


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Project begun: November 29, 2017

Each of these pieces took about 8 hours to print, so (not including messups) this first quarter represents about 96 hours of print time.

Needing 4 quarters for the full interior structure, It will be about 384 total print hours for this first ball shape.

Full inner sphere complete.

Starting on the outer shell.

Outer shell triangles done!

12 half-circle outer panels done!

Getting started on the rings. BB-8 is orange, but mine will be purple.

All body rings are done!