I am the director a planetarium in the US and we are looking to make a show by teaming up with a science fiction author. He has a story laid out and ready to go, but we are stalling out finding artists in Blender to help fully realize the project. We are looking for folks who may be able to create some models in blender that would allow us to move forward and actually get this project to the next stage. However, due to funding constraints, we are unable to pay at this time. However, we would be more than happy to include full credit for your work in the finished product and allow you to use your model in other way you see fit. (In other words, we would only ask for permission to use your model, and not ask for exclusive rights to it.)
The first thing we would like to have made is a small construction drone. Something that would be used in starship construction in space. I am including here two sketches and a brief detailing of what we are looking for.
One sketch shows a delivery module approaching a small airlock on the final assembly structure, the other is detail, side and top, of the module itself.
The delivery module is simple in concept, just a gripper with arms that adjust in two axis to hold variously shaped items. Fuel tanks line the back of the gripper frame, to balance the mass of the load. Thrusters are on each side of the fuel tanks. The detail sketch shows the yaw and roll thrusters, but pitch thrusters will be needed as well. I’ve shown additional fuel tanks with dashed lines to illustrate how the units can have fuel added for longer distances or heavier loads. In the movie different capacities will be shown, as well as multiple units moving large pieces in unison.
I think it’s important to state the concept is to show a state of technology not too far from our present technology. While fanciful design has it’s place in science fantasy, I wouldn’t want someone to spend a lot of time on an intricate design that wouldn’t work here. A major point of this project is for people to see a near future they can be a part of and inspire them in STEAM fields, and the design in the movie must reflect that.
The second image will appear in a second post.
If anyone is interested in helping out with this, there are other models that we will be trying to have made in the future, but we thought we would put this out this request for something that is a bit less intensive to begin. Please respond to this thread if you have an interest, and I hope that this may serve as a jumping off point for folks looking for something interesting to do. I wish we had funding to provide now, but maybe in the future we will be able to do that.