Thursday, December 31, 2020

Welcome to Charlesworth Dynamics

I am a hard surface 3D modeler and printer with a specialty in designing assemblies. For 12 years, I was the Head Repair Technician for NYU Film & TV - responsible for the repair, maintenance and processing of all production equipment.  Recently I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where I am the 3D Printing & Fabrication Specialist on Tested.com.  I use my hands-on knowledge and sensibility, to design working 3D printed assemblies combined with actual hardware where appropriate.

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.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS --

Adam Savage's Inventern

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






3D Printing & Fabrication on Tested

I build unique projects, reviews and LEGO on Tested - run by Adam Savage and Norman Chan 






Charlesworth Dynamics Shop

A selection of my projects and kits are available in my Etsy shop. Custom orders accepted.







Cutaway Lightsaber

In conjunction with Formlabs, I designed a custom cutaway lightsaber.
See how it was designed on Tested.
Watch Punished Props build and paint one!

Download print files here.
Buy one here.



Ghostbusters Ghost Trap

See my fully 3D printed Trap on Tested.

Download & print your own.

Get the hardware to put it all together.

Get assembly guides.

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).


The Scuttlefish
(aka Gowanus Monster)

I designed and modeled this for an animated film by Bold Machines. It's definitely in the same fleet as the Octopod.
Read about it here.
Download files here.
Buy one here.

TARDIS Kits
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 Tested.com.



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 Tested.com.

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 29, 2020

3D KIT INSTRUCTIONS

Here you will find assembly instructions for most of my kits.  Some projects can be downloaded and 3D printed at home. Contact me with any questions or comments.

Check my Etsy Store for kits and hardware.

GHOST TRAP

Download files and print your own Trap here.
Get Assembly Hardware & Deluxe Parts for your Trap here.
See how the Trap was designed here.

'Standard' Guides are for fully 3D printed kits. 'Deluxe' are for 3D printed kits with authentic hardware added. 'Smoke' and Door' guides will also be integrated into Electronics Guide.


Electronics Guide is in the works.


LIGHTSABER HILT



TARDIS LIGHT KIT
Download Lighting Upgrade Guide.

Newest, simplified version of lighting kit. Includes directions for installing pre-assembled kits and wiring DIY kits.

Directions for the old version of the lighting kit which used 5 LEDs and a 9V battery are still available.  The 3D parts are included in the TARDIS download.


TARDIS TREMENDOUS 11" KIT
Buy an 11" TARDIS Kit here.

Assembly Guide for TARDIS Tremendous - for fully-lit version
Assembly Guide for DIY version - unlit version allowing for custom installations


X-MEN QUICKSILVER STEREOBELT
Download and print your own Stereobelt v1 here.



SCUTTLEFISH AKA The Gowanus Monster
Download and print your own Scuttlefish here.


BUCKAROO BANZAI JETCAR

Evil Dead Chainsaw Assembly - for complete chainsaws bought from my shop. For DIY chainsaws use the build link above.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Adam Savage and the Millenbaugh Motivator


At the end of 2013 I entered Adam Savage's Inventern competition on Tested.com 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.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

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...