Friday, May 21, 2010

Chris Bot Lives!

So I couldn't wait to get the paint on Chris Bot and I just decided to start animating him.  After all, I mean, why not right?
So I made a rig out of LEGO and plasticine that kept Chris Bot standing and pulled out the web cam and started animating the guy.  The results can be seen on you tube and yes, I still have the trial version of Stop Mo pro but it's not that bad.  The rig wasn't removed because I think I can't do rig removal with the trial version, well at least export rig removal.
Anyhow, here's the embedded video and a link to the you tube video.  Once you viddie it, then drop me a line and tell me what you think!

At the end Chris Bot falls down but for some reason, you tube clipped the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuEBA5VZS9o

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Imperial Pipe Carrier

One of the things that I always wondered about as an engineer was exactly what type of infrastructure rebuilding plan the Imperial Senate had.  In comparison to our planet, I have been creating Star Warish type of infrastructure tools that the Imperial Army would have to use to maintain infrastructure.  Assuming that pipeline relining happened on Tatooine, I created a pipeline relining cart that is used to insert steel liners into existing pipes.  It's been modified with droids and other technology and of course a Storm Trooper contractor is driving the thing.  To see what relining looks like on our planet, click this link at the San Diego County Water Authority Website.
Here the carrier is carrying a steel liner.

Hydraulic driven arms expand the pipe liners allowing the liner to be securely placed in the pipe and welded.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LEGO Construction Site

When I was a kid I used to play occasionally with a LEGO Police Station set that my parents bought me in 1981 or thereabouts and I used to build all the police cars and buildings that came with the set.  I really wanted the space set and so I had to improvise on making air tanks with rubber bands and round studs.
People always said, 'Oh, you're going to be an engineer' and so I got it in my head that I was going to be an engineer.
As an engineer I don't play with LEGO.  I occasionally draw lines in AutoCAD that represent pipes and spend most of my time managing projects.
On my spare time, I still play with LEGO and last year made a model of a construction site for one of our pipe rehabilitation projects.  Here's a photo of one of the pipe enclosures before back filling the holes.

These projects are used to fix aging pipes in the San Diego area and construction means tearing out a piece of the pipe and dropping steel liners into this hole in the ground and transporting them to the appropriate area that needs to be installed. 

Here's a couple of photos of the diorama I did complete with sound walls to mitigate any impacts to endangered species and fencing to avoid any intrusion into the green areas.

Total cost for this model?  After shipping and handling and acquiring all the pieces from Bricklink, about 600 dollars!
The liner in the LEGO model is transparent but in reality it is half inch thick steel.
Front View of the complete model.  Notice cement truck and vent structure.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Foam Latex Chris-Bot

Over the last month I've been working on making a small puppet known as Chris-Bot.  It has an aluminum armature and a foam body.  Well, this last weekend I finally got around to casting Chris-Bot in his foam latex body and it came out pretty good I have to admit, at least for my first time doing it.
Here's a video of the birth of Chris Bot.
Special thanks to my wife for all her help in getting Chris-Bot to come alive.  Now the fun part, to animate him!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywMH7dnc9HI

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Logo Mosaic

Over the weekend my daughter and I put together a LEGO mosaic of a water drop that is used for the San Diego County Water Authority logo.  We did it for a one of my coworkers who's retiring.
We did a time lapse video of the construction of it and posted it on Youtube.
Here's a link to the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBKv2RdJw7Y