Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome to Charlesworth Dynamics

I am a hard surface 3D modeler and printer with a specialty in designing assemblies. For the last 10 years, I have also been the Head Repair Technician for NYU Film & TV - responsible for the repair, maintenance and processing of all existing and new production equipment.  I use this hands-on knowledge and sensibility, to design working 3D printed assemblies, combined with actual hardware where appropriate.  To see an overview of my 3D printing projects please see:

 3D Modeling & Printing Reel 

If you have questions about any of my projects, 3D printing, consulting, or anything else...
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This was originally an archive of my 3D modeling and printing thesis (see Octopod below) for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design at NYU.  It has since grown into much more, documenting my 3D printing as well as 'analog' projects which cover anything from camera repair to building Star Wars blasters.  I felt it was appropriate to combine the two since I constantly bring the digital world of 3D modeling and printing together with real-world hardware and construction.


Adam Savage's Inventern

I won a competition to assist Adam Savage of MythBusters on a project.  I recount the experience for

3D Printing on Tested

I write a bi-weekly column for Tested, check it out for some down-to-Earth 3D printing info.

Tested is run by Norman Chan and Will Smith with special features by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters.

Octopod Underwater Salvage Vehicle

My thesis project which I designed, printed and built.  Make sure to look at past posts which go into great detail about the modeling and printing process.

The Octopod won an Editor's Choice Award at Maker Faire New York 2012 and is featured on the MAKE site and in their "Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing" issue.

It has also been featured on the Objet site and with great pride on Tested, an awesome site which features my hero, Adam Savage from Mythbusters. (Seriously, check out the videos of Adam's workshop).

3D printed TARDIS kit.  We are offering a regular TARDIS, Half Wolf TARDIS (shown) and a lighting upgrade package (soldering skills required).

They are up on our Etsy Store, so check it out.

See my full write-up of how the TARDIS was created on

Iris Box v3

Update to my original iris door box, derived from the Octopod moon pool door.

Buckaroo Banzai Jet Car

My other on-going project is the Jet Car from one of my favorite films, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.  It was my first 3D print and I did a full write-up of how it was done for

The Jet Car was on display in Vienna, Austria for Vienna Design Week 2012.

Iron Man Arc Reactor

Ongoing project to 3D print the MK I Reactor.
3D Prints - Misc

The Octopod and Jet Car are my two major creations.  These are my other creations which range from useful to fun.  Most of these were printed on my Thing-o-matic or Replicator 2X at home.

'Analog' Projects

A selection of hands-on projects I have tackled, including a Stormtrooper Blaster.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's a Wrap! - Octopod Overview

Thesis was defended May 3, 2012 and passed with Distinction. Not bad for the guy who had an undergrad GPA which shall remain nameless.  I have collected the key entries here, but check out the rest of the blog for more on the process.

For those new to my project, the goal was to design, model and then 3D print a mechanical octopus vehicle, complete with working features and LED lighting.  The video is an introduction to the piece, followed by lots of pictures and construction details.  Don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

I built a custom stand with a ball-joint to allow for different of poses.

Continue on for more pictures and info...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tested Articles

I write Bits to Atoms, a bi-weekly 3D printing column for  I try not to skim over topics and get into the nitty-gritty while still making it clear for beginners and once and awhile I will do a non-3D article as well.  For your perusal...

Adam Savage's Inventern
I recount winning Adam's Inventern competition and the grand prize - helping to finish his Hellboy Mecha-Hand.

My Favorite Things of 2014
Tested asked me to list some of my favorite goodies of 2014.

Testing the Form 1+ SLA Printer
Norm & I Discuss the Form 1+ Video

3D Printing with Liquid Resin

3D Printing a Lightsaber
Download and print your own here.

Build Your Own X-Men Quicksilver Stereobelt
Video Walk Through of Stereobelt 
History of the Real Stereobelt

Adam Savage and the Millenbaugh Motivator

At the end of 2013 I entered Adam Savage's Inventern competition on and, to my surprise, I won. The grand prize was to work on a week-long project with Adam - it turned out to be a bigger project than I could image, lasting 3 months.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TARDIS Deluxe Kit

Designed right from the BBC blueprints, my TARDIS kit is meant to print flat to avoid the cracking problems I have experienced with other versions.

Read the my full write-up of building the TARDIS on

Iron Man Arc Reactor MK I

Yeah! It looks awesome, right?  Came out of the MakerBot and did a little clean up, and there you go.  Nah, it's the actual movie prop.  This is an on-going project in it's early stages.  My goal was to have a really small, bright, self-contained light puck that could be recharged via USB that would be part of the existing prop cable.

Iris Box v3

I did a major overhaul on the iris box and printed 100+ for Maker Faire NYC 2013.