May 1, 2017 in Hydroforming Industry

Want to Build Your Own Droid? Advances in Aluminum Hydroforming Make It Possible


Want to build your own droid? Advances in aluminum hydroforming make it possible.

No one would deny the sheer popularity of the Star Wars franchise. Talking about the cultural impact of the Star Wars franchise is like talking about the effects of the sun on the planet. It’s that big and encompassing…sometimes life-changing (B2C).

The enduring popularity of these movies has led to unparalleled merchandising opportunities: mugs, hats, t-shirts, and even full costumes. There are some people, however, for whom plastic replicas and cheap knock-offs are not enough.

They want the real deal.

They want, in fact, to build their own droids. Believe it or not, this pastime is so popular that entire websites have been created to help do-it-yourselfers build their own Artoo (R2D2) units! Although do-it-yourself is a bit of a misnomer in this situation. Many of the parts require expert assistance.

Take, for example, Artoo’s upper dome. This specialized component is definitely not something that you can cook up in your own garage.


Produced using a process called Hydroforming and Laser Cut to exacting Builder’s Club Specs, this 6061 Aluminum dome is an absolute work of art!…[It] makes mounting all of Artoo’s lights, Holos, and panels much easier without worrying about damaging the outer dome, all the while staying consistent with the metal construction a droid should have.

Here at American Hydroformers, we are proud to be part of a tradition that makes such work possible. While we can’t claim to be directly involved in building replica R2 units, we are experts in the most advanced aluminum hydroforming practices.

Located centrally in the Midwest, we are always on hand to help you with all of your hydroforming needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you would like to chat with us about anything else, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to serving you.

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