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In a galaxy not that far away, there lives a young aspiring mechanical engineer named Daniel Olson who used his wits,  skills, and a little inspiration from his dad to create a motorized Star Wars AT-AT.

For a while I had wanted to make some sort of mechanical walking mechanism,” Olson said. After printing different gears, it gave him some inspiration to make the Star Wars AT-AT. “I must have seen the walk cycle and thought I could build one,” Olson said.

He started “with some crazy ideas that didn’t work ,” but this didn’t stop him. Instead, he built the AT-AT with a gear geometry and timing to make the device move on its own. As the wise Yoda once said, “Do or do not, there is no try,” (The Empire Strikes Back). Sometimes when you’re stuck and you don’t know what to do, the best thing to do is to find another approach. “May the force be with you.”

I challenge you to go beyond your imagination. 3D printing can go the distance. Will you?

Question: If Darth Vader got married what would his second wife’s name be?
Answer
: Ella…Ella Vader

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