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R2-S2 (Steam R2-D2) gets props on Star Wars Blog

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Make pal I-Wei Huang, a.k.a. Crabfu, the steambots guru, was interviewed by Bonnie Burton for the Official Star Wars Blog…

How do your skills as an animator help when you make these cool creations?

Being an animator, you tend to see things in a different way, and can’t help but notice subtle details of how things move and work, especially in motion of humans and animals. To be an animator these days, you sort of have to have a balance between being artsy-fartsy and techy-geeky. I like seeing mechanical things work, because it’s visual. You can watch and study the transfer of power, and figure out how one thing drives another. When it comes to non-visual things, like electronics, I have a hard time grasping concepts of how everything work together.

Satr Wars Blog – Link

Related:

  • R/C Steam turbine tank – Link
  • Maker Faire: Steam turbine tank- Link
  • Make Podcast: I-Wei Huang’s Steambots – Link.
  • Interview with Crabfu Steamworks – Link.
  • RC controlled steam beetle – Link.
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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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