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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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The-Wrath-of-Me Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 I've been interested in making a sonic for my timelord OC, but i cant really think of a design(all i've got so far is it extends and the light is black :p). But it would be really cool if i knew how to do 3D things like this.

Where can i get this program? Is it free(probably not :iconcryforeverplz:)?
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AurelTristen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
The program I used is 3D Studio Max, and it is possibly the most expensive program on earth (Not really, but about three grand is quite up there).  But there are many free modeling programs out there.

The key isn't in the software, it is more about decades of experience using it.  Try creating your concept in a medium you are already comfortable in (draw it! Use a ruler and take your time, maybe just draw one half, scan it and mirror it in the computer so the proportions are good).  Programs like 3D Studio Max are just tools to bring your idea to life, they won't help you come up with the design.

Once you have a solid design, then you can start making a 3D model of it.  Try Blender, possibly the best 3D program out there.  You can find loads of tutorials for blender too.
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The-Wrath-of-Me Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks :)
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thought of something else to add to at least one version of your sonics: if you build an actual prop, it would be possible and rather interesting to have a vape coil or unit integrated into the design...something like this ( www.ellusionist.com/pure-smoke… ) ...also having tiny lights on the inside of the claw? unit or possibly even laser diodes that actually all focus to a point when activated would be amazing (although a bit tricky to set up and possibly not allowed in your area)

the smoke unit could be used to show what happens when a sonic is asked to do something that is not usually asked and very stressing to its components... you wouldn't want to see this all the time once or twice would be enough to establish that it could happen and why the Doctor relies 
on his wits more than on the gadgets he carries about with him or in his blue box thingy
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AurelTristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Photographer
Interesting idea.

My biggest limiting factor right now is funds really.  I plan to buy a 3D printer, but there are quite a few things around the same price range that I need or want.  Without a doubt, this is the thing I want to build most, I've just got to wait until I can make it happen.

I doubt I'd be able to get this design on as a prop though.  As cool as that would be, they pay people to do that sort of thing.  People who are already on the budget.  Not to say I wouldn't try if the opportunity came up, but as happy as I am with my design, there is sure to be a 100 others that blow it out of the water.

I'll be sure to update if I do anything with it though.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
remember that the current Doctor wrote plenty of letters for ideas that he sent into the show
so it is possible that someone who builds the props might see your idea and take an interest
in your designs...naturally when you eventually get your 3D printer your design work will
improve from the tactile sense of having something in front of you. and i can relate to being 
on a budget that limits your creative notions...then again you simply adapt to what you have
to work with 
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i could see this being used by the current Doctor without question... have you submitted this to the producers of the show?
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AurelTristen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks! I haven't submitted the design to the BBC, though if you can find me the right email, I sure would.  I imagine I'd need to contact Steven Moffat, and considering how much fan/hate mail he probably gets, I doubt it would make it through.

Be sure to check out the updated render/version!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
personally, i'd start by looking at the BBC and Doctor Who web sites first... due to the shows popularity i'd surmise the volume of submissions and by fans and makers would be rather high...having a realistic chance would require knowing who to contact and by what channel any idea would need of being seen or considered... not impossible of course but another case of knowing the right people to talk to... i'd also consider getting in contact with some of the artist and makers on the professional making forums as an indirect route of contact and possibly as a means of having your sonic assembled by a professional to send as an example for consideration...especially if you establish a few friendships at these sites... also think about the comic conventions especially the really big ones such as Comic-Con or Dragon-Con which have huge displays of props and show forums... having an actual working , tactile prop would be a huge advantage... hope this rambling was somewhat helpful 
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kitzunegary Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
My design for the new sonic screwdriver for the 12th Doctor... made it with blender... hope you like it, and if you like it.. please share it

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AurelTristen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm getting a untrusted connection warning.  Can you try hosting the pictures and or linking them with a more reputable service?  Google's URL shortner is less likely to cause problems, and photobucket is a well known image hosting site.
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kitzunegary Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
weird... is the same link deviantart give me... try this
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Petit-Hibou 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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
if you have the 3D model you should be able to print out the individual pieces then have them milled or cast afterwards (milling would be more sturdy (but also more expensive) and then assemble them by hand... this is an awesome design...very classy and fitting the Whoverse
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AurelTristen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Photographer
I've looked into 3D printing and am still considering it.  I'd need to do some serious engineering to get it to move properly, but it sure would be a fun project.

Rest assured that if I manage to make a real version, I'll post some pictures. :)
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
if you have the dimensions and specs mapped out on paper, it might be just as easy to make a proof of concept mock up by hand... the moving pieces wound be the tricky part of course and it might not be as sleek and glamorous as your 3D rendering but having something in your hand would help identify the problem areas and allow you to tweak and refine as needed...besides, a sonic pieced together from found parts would have an almost steampunk ambiance of extreme age and Gallifreyan on the fly ingenuity
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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.
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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.
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hoodiemafia3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Ish so beautiful *sniffle*
It has to be done.
One day... anyway looks amazing
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selectedart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
i love it!!!
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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.
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jacckieman3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I approve.
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MechanautUnlimited Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
That is the most awesome thing in the world!
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