R2D2 began in the fall of 2015 as an independent senior design project under professor Emmanual Agba at Iowa State University. The initial goal of this project was to further my knowledge in manufacturing methods beyond what the school curriculum covers. Each of the subsystem pages below go into further detail on the manufacturing methods used including waterjet cutting, 3 and 4-axis CNC milling, TIG welding, and roll forming.
Without the help of friends and family this project would have never been as successful as it has become. I would like to extend a special thanks to the following people (in no particular order): Emmanual Agba (advisor), Taylor Tuel (manufacturing), Tony Milosch (wiring and programming) , Rob Hartmann (waterjet) , Ryan Werner (welding) , John Freud (manufacturing) , Craig Severson (lab supervisor) , Josh Delarm (assistant to the lab supervisor) , Sandy Bremer (lab matriarch) , Aren Hill (robot guru) , and finally a huge thank you to the R2D2 builders community located at Astromech.net.