12th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver
by Shipbrook, published
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My attempt at modelling the Twelfth Doctor's new sonic screwdriver, introduced in the episode "Hell Bent". (Edit: because a couple of people have asked, the cover image is an actual photo of the finished object, not CG. The second image is of the CG model.)
Yes, there's an absurd number of parts to it. I separated into multiple parts for ease of painting and to try to eliminate overhangs. Although I separated the latches into each individual component, I also included a "prebuilt" version (though I don't think it looks quite as good when printed).
It's hollow most of the way through, in case you want to include electronics, and unscrews at a couple of points to facilitate that.
In addition to the 3D printed parts, you'll need five lengths of 5mm-diameter clear acrylic rods, and several short bits of 2mm-diameter brass wire to hold the latches together (unless you use the unibody versions). See the "build instructions" document for complete details.
The fit will be extremely tight when it comes off the printer, as it is intended that the parts be sanded down to get rid of the layer striations before painting them.
I printed using the following settings:
- Shell thickness: 0.8mm
- Bottom/Top thickness: 0.8mm
- Brim: 5 lines
- Nozzle size: 0.4mm
- Print speed: 50mm/s
- Top/Bottom speed: 15mm/s
- Outer shell speed: 30mm/s
- Inner shell speed: 40mm/s
It took just under 10 hours (printing all parts at once), using a little under 5 meters of filament.
See the file "Build Instructions.txt" for complete post-printing instructions.
How I Designed This
Modeled in Blender 2.76 based on the preproduction schematics released by BBC America, and modified to match screenshots and close-up photo from Rubbertoe Replicas (who built the original prop).
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