10th (or 9th) Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

by Wpilgrim, published

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 :)

UPDATE3 --- 3/14/17 --- Some have had issues printing the inner clear piece of the screwdriver (drw10scr-insd.stl) It appears this is mainly due to wall thickness and what your printer is tuned to be able to print, or extruding diameter. Therefore I have uploaded a version 2 of that file with a tad thicker walls to hopefully get around that issue for those that are having a problem. look for drw10scr-insd-V2


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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I've tried printing the clear inside piece 3 times now with Simplify3D, Repetier and Cura. All 3 of them fail printing this part. They get about 1/3 of the way through then the extruder lifts up about 1/4 of an inch and starts printing in mid air. Any ideas?

You certainly aren't the first to complain of this issue. Many people have been able to slice and print this file (including myself) so I am not 100% sure what the problem is, however I just opened up the part and had a look at the design.

I specifically designed those walls to be as thin as I could possibly print them on my printer (safely) so that I could MOSTLY see through them, I would be willing to bet that those that have a problem with it, are having a hang up due to the wall thickness being thinner (which gets thin about a quarter of the way up) than their individual printer is tuned or at least set to extrude.

I have made a version 2 of the part titled drw10scr-insd-V2, and have uploaded it along with the other files. on this part I thickened the very thin walled section up. Please try that one and let me know if it works for you. I would also appreciate your feedback on that particular part so that I can rev the whole upload if that fixes the issue.

Hope that works.

The V2 one you uploaded worked perfectly. I'll be uploading a picture of it when I have it assembled to show the V2 file involved. You made my son VERY happy and I thank you for that!!

I'm guessing you never got around to the other sonic screwdrivers as you were talking about?

Awesome! Really glad to hear it. I'll update the description to give details of this fix. Thanks for the feedback!

Sadly I have not. I did make a full model of the fifth doctors screwdriver shortly after this one but I never divided it up into nice printable and assemblable pieces. Not much left to do there so i guess i have no excuse snd should finish it up.

I have however been contemplating making either the 12ths new screwdriver or river songs. I really like both of those.

Please make River Songs sonic. I have her Diary and it would complete my set. :)

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


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.