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Silent Running Drone 01 - Dewey

by rpeebord, published

Silent Running Drone 01 - Dewey by rpeebord Jun 5, 2014
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Drone 01 or "Dewey" from Silent Running (1972) is an often overlooked robot design that pre-dates Star Wars and is in my opinion one of the more realistic/unique movie bots. My desire to model this character came from the lack of available physical models. This model prints in one piece, ideally on its back.

For ease of printing, I've omitted and cables and the more complex elements of the arm. I took a few creative liberties here and there and simplified the shapes. My model was created by eye, using film stills and recreations I found online. It is not to scale.

UPDATE: I just uploaded an improved version that fixes the leg strut. Much closer to the actual movie design.

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Check out this great documentary about the making of Silent Running (1972), with a comprehensive segment on the design and philosophy behind the drones (skip to 5:21 [worth the full watch]):


Built using Tinkercad, I designed the model to print at just a little over 2 inches high. My print was done using the Makerbot Replicator 2x at standard resolution (10% infill, 2 shells, 0.20mm).

The model was printed on its back with supports and a raft. The supports left a considerable amount of material on the model.

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Make sure you download the updated version of the model with improved leg struts

Awesome model I look forward to printing it ty

I printed this one out on my M3D printer using Polymax filament. Came out perfect. BUT, this is Huey. :)

Huey was the the orange Drone 02

Just watched the movie again and I stand corrected. You are correct, Huey was the orange (longer bodied) Drone 02. :)

Its actually easier to print him on his back, less supports to clean up.

One of my favorite sci-fi movies! Cool model!

Thanks for this. I hope you are inspired to model the rest of this robot crew.

There is a BLAST from the past. ;)

DEWEY! Very cool! I think he was actually in one of the Star Wars movies....Thanks!

I am moving this to the top of my list of things to make .. tyvm