10th (or 9th) Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

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10th (or 9th) Doctor Sonic Screwdriver by Wpilgrim Apr 25, 2014


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There were a couple of models out there for the 10th doctors screwdriver, but I wasn't entirely on board with any of them out there, plus I really liked the way that Ellindsey did the 11th doctor's screwdriver (thing:169870) in that each part could be printed with a different color filament and could then be assembled into a prop without painting. Also I plan to wire it up with an LED and a button on the side or bottom. The files currently have a hollow center for the wiring, once I find a suitable button ill alter some piece of the screwdriver to house it and upload the new part.

Also this can easily be the 9th doctor's sonic screwdriver with a color change either through printing in different colors or painting differently

UPDATE I have printed it out as of now and it went great. Although painting is not necessary for this part (if you have all the colors) I painted the gray parts with some silver paint to give it a bit more of a metallic look. Also I wound up re-sizing the clear inner housing to make sure it slid easily through the screwdriver. I have uploaded the new file. All should be good to go.

UPDATE2 In other news I have decided to make all the past versions of the Doctor's Sonic Screwdrivers say maybe one a week until they are completed so stay tuned :)


Rep 2, PLA, .2 mm layer height, 2 shell 20% fill, no rafts or supports.

once all parts are printed I assembled as such:
glued lens to top of inside2.
slid the above assembly into the top and glued.
slid the bottom2 onto bottom1
glued the above assembly onto body
slid the clear inner onto the top/inner2 assembly and glued.
slid the top assembly into the body
glued the slider into the hole in the clear inner.

All done!

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Do you know of any way I could add a mechanism that would make the clear part pop out, and then back in (so it's only extended while I'm holding the button down)?

What is the orientation of the thin blue inside piece?

I found that the bigger end (file named "drw10scr-insd2") is in the head of the device, whereas the smaller end is what squeezes through the neck piece and down through the handle.

Do you print the pieces lying down or standing up? When I opened one of the files in Cura, the piece was lying down, but it seems like it would print better standing up.

Standing up was the intention. I just re-orient before printing.

Is anyone else having trouble slicing drw10scr-insd? I am using cura, and it only prints the bottom quarter and then it stops.

I'm having the same problem with drw10scr-insd.STL. I'm using Cura on a Printrbot Play. I tried printing the piece laying on it's side. It printed, but there were slots on either side along the length for some reason. If you look at the picture following the link below, you can see that when printed vertically, the print stops where the mysterious slots begin.

Yea, I can't slice it either. Darn

can you post pictures for each assembly step? Also some sanding is required on parts

I’m going to be printing another one out soon, when I do I’ll post assembly pictures. Also as for sanding, that all depends on your printer, its settings, how finely tuned it is and what materials you are using. For me the parts all have a nice clearance fit with no sanding required. YMMV

Thanks. Yea my settings weren't set for super high quality. What kinda printer do you use.

I run that last great printer Makerbot made :p, a Makerbot rep 2, but I have it tweaked and aftermarket moded for peak performance.

Yay! My favorite sonic! Can't wait to build this one!

who is your favorite doctor ?

I am in the process of printing one now, I am going to mount a small rechargeable battery in the housing and run a blue LED. I will post pics when complete, awesome model man :)

Awesome! Can't wait to see it. There isn't a ton of room for an LED in there, certainly not your typical dome style 5mm type. But I planned it with the intentions of using the small flat style LEDs for this application.

That's what I was thinking, or if I can manage without destroying the "Plunger" moveable piece I was going to bore straight through it mount a small 3mm LED and then run the wire straight down and into the bottom where I will mount the battery.
But as luck would have it I have a mess of flat LEDs left over from modding my 360 controllers, lol

Sorry for asking after 2 years,
I've searched around and it seems coin cells can't provide enough current, while 2 AAAs are too big to fit inside the body. Could you please tell me the battery type you used? I'd love to light this up!

great looking sonic screwdriver

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Great model! I'm going to have to give this a try this weekend!
Also, on a related note: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sonic-Screwdriver-TV-B-Gone-Conversion/http://www.instructables.com/i...

And awesome instructable, I was thinking of making a TV b gone anyway what a perfect place to build one into!

I thought the same thing when I found that! Sadly, I didn't want to rip mine apart to do it...but this model will let me do this! It'll also be awesome to have a sonic that works.