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November 19, 2015

Anodizing Successful!

Filed under: The R2 Project — jasony @ 10:26 am

The company said 10 days for the anodizing but the employees were so excited about having an R2 frame to work on that they put me at the front of the line. The big boss at the shop told me that they all took special care walking the parts through the 20 (!) tanks required for the whole anodizing process.

So today, after less than 48 hours in the shop, they called and told me that R2 was done! I was thrilled to go pick it up (and took them some pizza as a lunchtime thank you as well). Then I spent some time doing a tolerance check (that is: I assembled it!). The glossy finish I gave the parts was totally worth all the work. It looks amazing.
Here are some pics of the frame with all of my current pieces in place. I still have to design and laser etch the circuitry patterns but I’m thrilled that this part is done. Also, much relieved.

I had to get the dome out of its box and do a test fit, of course. It drew all kinds of attention at Techshop. People love R2.

Long, long way to go but this was a major milestone. Great to see it coming together.

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Proud R2 papa

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