Meet the Makers – Kevin Zirkelbach

Kevin Zirkelbach

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Kevin Zirkelbach and I am a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I have been a huge Star Wars fan since the I saw the original movie in 1977. As a kid, I loved building plastic models and drawing and I have been fortunate to do some model and prototype building for my work. About 4 years ago, I discovered the R2-D2 Builder’s Group online. After reading through the group forums and researching the plans, I decided to build a full-sized R2-D2 mostly from styrene plastic, wood and some 3D printed parts.

What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?
My radio-controlled R2-D2, information on the group, sample blueprints and parts. I will also be demonstrating the Dremel Ideabuilder 3D printer.

R2-Unit

Why is making important to you?
I enjoy the process of making something with my hands and the satisfaction in completing a project or a piece of artwork. I enjoy the technical challenges of making and learning new things.

What was the first thing you remember making?
I remember having a box of plastic model parts when I was 5 or 6 and I enjoyed putting the parts together to make my own creations.

R2-D2

What have you made that you are most proud of?
My R2-D2. He definitely was a labor of love.

Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
A larger workshop!