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Unique Sonic Screwdriver by AurelTristen Unique Sonic Screwdriver by AurelTristen
I set out to design a unique sonic screwdriver, a central device to the TV show Doctor Who.  For the uninitiated, a sonic screwdriver is a highly advanced tool carried by time lords, more specifically, the Doctor.  They function as literal plot devices, able to do just about anything needed to push the plot forward, such as unlocking a door, detecting an alien, or resonating concrete.

My screwdriver is heavily inspired by Mat Smith's, in that it has a extending function featuring four claws.  In my design, the claws and glowing bit extend, while an outer segment retracts, causing sway arms to extend.  While this is more complex mechanically, it insures that the sway arms are actually out of the way when the device is retracted for stowing.

I chose a unique color for the glow effect as well as some interesting color themes.  The sway arms and claws are nickel, while the handle is a rough cut of marble with gold leaf inlays.  Ideally, the extending and retraction movement would be powered, unlike previous screwdrivers which require the user to manipulate the extension.

3D Studio Max, 5 hours.
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invaiderzen999 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I seriously thought this was real for a second very, very good at this.
I like the fact that it's orange, personally, because that's my favorite color. But I love all the details on it.
AurelTristen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks.  I chose the color in order to give it it's own feel, just like how 10ths and 11ths change colors to match new styles and characteristics.  I don't remember ever seeing an orange sonic.
Appletonparker Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Can I buy one, cause that thing is amazing. The gold and orange light go really well together. Hope this will go out in stores, cause I want one!
AurelTristen Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Sorry, at this time it doesn't exist in the real world.  I'm happy my renders look good enough to appear real, but these are just 3D models designed to look realistic.

I've designed it in such a way that it could be real, but I don't have the materials or skills to make a prototype.  I'm totally building one once I buy a 3D printer though.
redhotchilipepperz Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I really like the fact that it doesn't extend at all, it just 'reveals its badassery', something that was lacking in Elevens screwdriver.

Great appropriation,
Fantastic execution.
AurelTristen Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!  Although, to be honest, it does extend somewhat.  In this render, the angle of the camera makes it look as though it doesn't.  I just felt like having one cylinder extending from another wasn't complex enough for a device with such powers.  I would have made it even more complex, but I wanted to stick to a design I felt I could someday build.
hoodiemafia3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Ish so beautiful *sniffle*
It has to be done.
One day... anyway looks amazing
selectedart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
i love it!!!
AurelTristen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks.  I really want to build it but I don't know how to work with these kinds of materials.
jacckieman3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I approve.
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