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Sean Charlesworth sits with his 3D modeled/3D-printed mechanical octopus vehicle, the Octopod. (Gregory Hayes / MAKE)

MAKE readers, meet Sean Charlesworth. That’s him on the left right, beside the gorgeously elaborate 3D-printed model—the OctoPod Underwater Salvage Vehicle 5 (OPUS V)—that he designed, printed, and assembled, over the course of six months, in fulfillment of the thesis requirement for his recent master’s in Digital Imaging and Design. Parts were designed in Cinema 4D and Maya, and printed on an Objet Connex500 multi-material polymer photojet 3D printer. Many more details are availabe in Goli’s recent interview with Sean, and if you’re coming to Maker Faire New York, you can chat with Sean and/or the Octopod, in person, over in the “3D Printer Village” in Zone B.

OPUS V

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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