The Last Jedi introduced us to BB-9E, a First Order astromech droid meant to be the darker version of the now beloved BB-8. Now there’s a version you can have in your home that also doubles as an enclosure for the Amazon Echo Dot.
Like the arc reactor the modelling for the BB-9E was done in Fusion 360, taking around four days worth of and and off work to complete.
Reference images from the movie were used extensively here to make the model as accurate as possible.
Printing took much longer to complete at 190 hours, which excludes the stand. An intricate base was designed to accompany the droid (you can see it in this render), but it was never printed. We’ve been told that printing this part of the project would have taken another ten hours.
This longer time to print is attributed to the large size of the assembled piece, which is 255 X 195 X 195 millimetres without the stand, and 10 millimetres taller with it.
The raw plastic had its supports and large imperfections removed before an automotive body filler was applied with a spray can.
A few layers of the filler were added before a sanding sponge was used. The base colour was added by way of spray paint, and the finer details added in after with a brush.
For BB-9E, these details were parts like the red and silver detailing, especially on the head where the Amazon Echo Dot is housed.
As you can see in the header image above, the device neatly slips into the open space and a cover then sits on top of it to properly hide it away. This cover has cutouts so that it won’t affect the sound, and the entire assembly is attached to the body with magnets.
The body is hollow and it can be used for whatever purpose you can think of, though it is suggested to put some weight in there, especially if you’re also not going to print a stand.
You can find the files for this project available for free over on MyMiniFactory, where it was designed to compete in a contest around these smart home assistants.
In the gallery below you can see the process of the print from render to finished product.