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Action Former Disposal [V2] Assembly guide by wulongti
Action Former Disposal [V2] Assembly guide
here's the assembly guide for my v2 Disposal figure for sale through my Shapeways Shop
All the parts can be found here: www.shapeways.com/shops/wulong…
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I've been known to dabble in RPing from time to time and there is no shortage of folks that love to RP within the various universes of Transformers.  However, I keep seeing certain terms come up again and again in different players' prose.

Being into actual machines and robots and knowing a thing or two about mechanical engineering the use of these terms really rubs me the wrong way.

In particular the ones that really agitate me when I see them in use are "mech" and "servo".  People have been using "Fem" for ages to denote a female based Cybertronians.  It makes sense, "fem" --"female" or "fembot".  And I guess Players want to have some sort of Cybertronian analog for "male", but people... "mech" isn't it.  A "mech" is a piloted exo-frame.  Or a giant robot that isn't alive and requires a pilot if you like.  It has nothing to do with gender other than it's a short word like "male" and starts with an "m".  If anything I think people should use "bot". Think about it, humans use "female".. fe-male. If Cybertronians were to use "fem" as short for "fembot" then the "male" analogue in that word is "bot".

The other one, "servo", grinds my gears so to speak.  The reason is because I actually know what a servo IS.  In terms of ServoMotors they are basically motors that have feedback sensors in them allowing them to report back to the system controlling them so they can adjust output of force.  If you were to make a robot finger you would put a servo at each joint so one finger might have 3 servos. It has NOTHING to do with hands, or gripping, or anything hand like.  Stop using it as a replacement for "hand" in your writing, it makes you sound stupid.  It would be like saying "he looked down at the weapon clutched in his knuckle".  In industrial Robotics robot arms are outfitted with a wide variety of tools depending on the task. The most common are "grippers" and "manipulators" which are more or less a claw or 2 fingered hand.  Either would be fine replacements for "servo" in your writing, though they don't have the same "feel" as "hand" do they?  Nor would "Manipulator Servo Array" and would likely confuse your readers but it would be more accurate.  Just use "hand", it makes sense and doesn't sound like you're trying to be clever with terms you don't understand.

As a freebie, you can use "actuators" anywhere you would normally use "muscles" and it will make sense for a robotic species.  Actuators come in electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems and are basically robot muscles so you're good there.  Here's a handy guide to Robotics Terms if you're looking for something special: www.motoman.com/glossary.php
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I'm offering a course in designing Action Figures in Sketchup and putting them up on Shapeways for sale in your own shop!

This course will cover the basics of 3D modeling in Sketchup and go on to cover more advanced techniques used for small sized product design, joints and designing parts to be "snap fit", prepping files for 3D printing via Shapeways, and setting up your Shapeways Shop page to sell your items.  At the end of this course you will have a base action figure model that is ready for you to customize, accessorize and sell in your own shop!

The cost for this intensive 4 week course will be $50 via PayPal and will start in January (exact date to be determined).  Classes will run for about 2 hours on Saturday evenings from 8pm - 10pm (EST) with the half the class devoted to instruction and half the class devoted to discussion about the previous week's assignments.  If demand is high enough a second class can be offered for Sunday nights.

Space is limited to 10 students per class and will be given first come, first served. Additional classes will be added after the first has concluded for those that missed out or would like to audit classes at half price.

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I've been known to dabble in RPing from time to time and there is no shortage of folks that love to RP within the various universes of Transformers.  However, I keep seeing certain terms come up again and again in different players' prose.

Being into actual machines and robots and knowing a thing or two about mechanical engineering the use of these terms really rubs me the wrong way.

In particular the ones that really agitate me when I see them in use are "mech" and "servo".  People have been using "Fem" for ages to denote a female based Cybertronians.  It makes sense, "fem" --"female" or "fembot".  And I guess Players want to have some sort of Cybertronian analog for "male", but people... "mech" isn't it.  A "mech" is a piloted exo-frame.  Or a giant robot that isn't alive and requires a pilot if you like.  It has nothing to do with gender other than it's a short word like "male" and starts with an "m".  If anything I think people should use "bot". Think about it, humans use "female".. fe-male. If Cybertronians were to use "fem" as short for "fembot" then the "male" analogue in that word is "bot".

The other one, "servo", grinds my gears so to speak.  The reason is because I actually know what a servo IS.  In terms of ServoMotors they are basically motors that have feedback sensors in them allowing them to report back to the system controlling them so they can adjust output of force.  If you were to make a robot finger you would put a servo at each joint so one finger might have 3 servos. It has NOTHING to do with hands, or gripping, or anything hand like.  Stop using it as a replacement for "hand" in your writing, it makes you sound stupid.  It would be like saying "he looked down at the weapon clutched in his knuckle".  In industrial Robotics robot arms are outfitted with a wide variety of tools depending on the task. The most common are "grippers" and "manipulators" which are more or less a claw or 2 fingered hand.  Either would be fine replacements for "servo" in your writing, though they don't have the same "feel" as "hand" do they?  Nor would "Manipulator Servo Array" and would likely confuse your readers but it would be more accurate.  Just use "hand", it makes sense and doesn't sound like you're trying to be clever with terms you don't understand.

As a freebie, you can use "actuators" anywhere you would normally use "muscles" and it will make sense for a robotic species.  Actuators come in electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems and are basically robot muscles so you're good there.  Here's a handy guide to Robotics Terms if you're looking for something special: www.motoman.com/glossary.php
  • Reading: People RPing in my Twitter feed...

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Christian Brock
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I’m a big enough geek to dress up as a Jedi at the premier of StarWars III and have anime costumes in my closet, but not a big enough geek to play Klingon Boggle. I love HeroScape and my friend Bill is trying to pull me into D&D. I don’t think it will take much… I also enjoy playing LARP (Live Action Role Playing) where we run around in the woods dressed like RenFaire rejects and smack the crap out of each other with padded weapons. I’m geek enough to admit that I do LARP, but not enough to have ever done “lightning bolt! lightning bolt! lightning bolt!” Hmmn… I guess I’m the Metro sexual equivalent of a geek… That realization is kind of scary…

Aside from all that I’m currently working for Advance Digital as a Front End Developer on sites like nj.com, mlive.com, nola.com, etc. I’m one of those rare animals that can design as well as code so that means I never have an empty plate and I often put in too many hours… I also have some pretty decent Google-Fu so I can get done most things that they need from me.

I have a love of digital art, in particular "painting" with photoshop as well as paper craft so I often try to merge the two.
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Collecter128 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Thanks for the badge!3D Llama Badge 
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you first ^__^
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Collecter128 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Your Welcome!Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 
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scifilicious Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Artist
HaPpY NeWyEaR bud! :D
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wulongti Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Year! :D
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WolfDragon-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I want the hat you gave Kamimi o. o
It is full of TALENT so I've heard
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wulongti Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be happy to give it to you.  But you'll have to defeat Kamimi in a battle to the death first in order to take her place.
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WolfDragon-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
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I can't do that, she's my friend ;- ; You can keep that hat.
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wulongti Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Suit yourself ;)
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PlasticSparkPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday dude!
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