I’m Veronika Bitkina, software developer, and I like to create things. Also, I’m an artist, my pictures can be found on Instagram @veronikatheartist and occasionally at FCA galleries. My latest passion is to build robots. I started with small toy-constructor but wanted to make a moving table. That’s how Wheelly the robot came to life. Difference between the small robot and table-sized one: it’s heavy, and all the parts are heavy, which means they break very easily. I broke wooden pieces so many times and decided to find how to make metal ones.
When I came to meetup at MakerLabs and saw that giant robot and wall with books, I thought that this place is for me, and I was right. Tools for Women residency allowed me to learn cnc, metal and wooden shops, needed like air to continue building my robot. The work is still in the process, it’s not fast and require vicious amount of time, but it’s going there. I became more confident in what I’m doing. I met many wonderful and supportive people here, and learned that I absolutely love laser cutting things.
I was quitting my job as a Technician, so I think engraving TechShop Rules on the clear acrylic was absolutely necessary. And leaving my wonderful Tropical Department team on the other job, I wanted to make “The Best Team Works Here” sign, but while making it I realized that it fits so nicely here at residency, so I made another one.
Another piece that I wanted to make: engrave or trace the picture I drew of the Parliament building on wooden board. I made an illustrator document, transferred it to the Inkscape and realized that it takes 5 minutes just to move it to the laser-cutter program. Then I created few more simplified files. It’s still under the progress, I would need to remove some of the lines and details.