Feb 26, 2018 | By Benedict

A talented maker named [Ronald] has carried out an incredible 3D modeling and 3D printing project. The maker found childhood sketches of a submarine made by his father in the 1970s, turned them into a detailed 3D printed model, and presented the model to his father.

It’s a slightly depressing fact to admit, but many of us enjoyed a creative peak as children. Think about it: so many kids, even those who end up doing noncreative work as adults, fill huge sketchbooks with crazy drawings, stories, and other projects. Not all these projects make a great deal of sense, of course, but the creative mind of a child is truly a fascinating thing.

But what if some of those doodles were treated not as the work of a child, but as blueprints for a 3D printable model? For Ronald, a maker with bags of talent (and clearly something of a sentimental side), that idea seemed like a brilliant challenge when he discovered pages and pages of incredibly detailed, incredibly precise drawings of underwater vehicles and rockets drawn by his father in the 1970s.

Some of these sketches drawn by Ronald’s father depicted a made-up underwater vehicle called CURV II, or Civilian Underwater Research Vehicle. These impressive sketches, made with scientific-looking cross-sections and multiple angles, could have been the work of somebody much older than 11 years old.

Fortunately, the precision of the drawings made Ronald’s job—turning those sketches into a tangible model—a bit easier. First, the maker made the submarine “a little more sleek and modern-looking while still retaining [his father’s] overall design and proportions.” This refined sketch on paper could then be modeled using Solidworks, a process that took several hours a day for an entire week.

The brilliant 3D model was then turned into some cool 3D renders, and then, even better, into a 3D printed model, expertly finished and painted, complete with detailed interior and exterior.

Ronald’s father’s reaction when he saw his childhood fantasies brought to life? “It was my goal for there to be tears,” Ronald reports, “and I'm proud too say that a few were shed when he first saw it.”

(Images: Ronald Finger / imgur)

See the original post here, and see the build in action in the video below.



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