Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome to Charlesworth Dynamics

My name is Sean Charlesworth and this blog was originally started to document my 3D modeling and printing thesis (see OPUS V below) for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design at NYU.  It has since grown into much more, documenting my 3D printing in general as well as my 'analog' projects which cover anything from movie 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 hands-on assembly and hardware.

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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).

I'm currently writing a 3D printing column for, check it out for walkthroughs of projects I've done and general 3D printing knowledge.

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

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.

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...

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.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jet Car Hits Vienna - Goes Right Through It

See my full write-up of the Jet Car project on

I still can't quite believe this happened, but the Buckaroo Banzai Jet Car is currently on display in Vienna, Austria during Vienna Design Week.

I was contacted by a London gallery, So Far, the Future which was interested in displaying the Jet Car in their sister gallery, So Weit, die Zukunft which they opened during Vienna Design Week.

I had been meaning to do an updated version of the Jet Car which was more detailed and movie-accurate and with less than a month to go, I scrambled to get it done and printed in time.  It just made it and here it is.

This version was printed on the Objet in the same material as the Octopod.

You can check out the original version of the Jet Car and the printing process in my earlier post.

Sean Charlesworth - 3D Modeling & Printing Reel & Resume