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Project News

07.16.18

Well, here we are again. It’s always such a pleasure… Seriously though, I am super excited to post this update:

Wheatley is functionally finished!

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It has taken a lot of effort to get him to this point, but it’s totally worth it. Let me catch you up on what has happened since the last update:

The spare Handle parts I had to use were primed and painted. I had to devise another way of connecting the two sides of each Handle, so I found some small neodymium magnets and glued them in. I also put some bits of flexible plastic sheet around the ends of the Handles to give the pieces a channel to sit in and to help them stay aligned. It works very nicely.

The JB Weld failed fantastically. Turns out it has great compression strength but breaks easily with twisting motion. I went back to the drawing board and decided to drill out the Handle Mounts from the back and put screws through the opening. This worked, for the most part. I did end up rebuilding a few spots due to my carelessness in drilling. Aside from that, the Handles now function fully and I don’t have to worry about them falling off!

I also extended the wiring on from the switches on the Sides, to make it easier to put the Sides onto his body. After I finished this, I noticed that one of the Handle connections had a large gap between the Side and the Handle, so I 3D printed a small spacer and glued it in place. After that, I ran out of things to do!

In the coming days my artist friend and I will be working on getting his paint job finished. We’ll also be finishing the Aperture Science Personalized Personality Core Carrier we started a few weeks back, that way we can tote Wheatley around in style!

Stay tuned for the final update and the big reveal video!


Recent Wheatley Antics

 

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More highlights coming in the future!