Aperture Science Sentry Turret: 1:1 replication standing about 40 inches tall, and be constructed out of resin, steel, and aluminum.
This was a triumph.
I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
Aperture Science Sentry Turret is the cute, but deadly, sentry gun found in the Portal™ games. I am building a full sized, fully functional sentry gun, minus one part deadly and plus two parts of cute. I am building this replica simply because I feel that having one would be amazingly awesome. This replica will include video processing AI, 3 axes of motion, and anything else that we can make fit in such a tight space. It will stand about 40 inches tall, and will be constructed of resin, steel, and aluminum by me and a few of the creative geeks at FAMiLab, Orlando's Hackerspace.
I've been planning to build this functional Aperture Science
Turret for some time, and I am excited to have a project that requires
a diverse skill set. I grew up working in my father's woodshop,
moving on to engineering, 3D modelling and programming applications,
games, and embedded systems. I'm current pursuing my Bachelor's Degree
in Game Development from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. Not long
after starting at Full Sail, I joined FAMiLab, Orlando's Hackerspace,
in order to meet others interested in learning more about science and
technology through their creative projects.
The FAMiLab team (including me!) recently finished our project for
Element14's Great Global Hackerspace Challenge. This project required
us to build an educational product in less than 6 weeks. We worked
hard, had fun and learned A LOT. After this success, I've asked the
talented team at FAMiLab to collaborate on the Sentry Turret project.
They bring an even more diverse set of skills, from welding to
embedded systems design to 3D printing, and allow us to use the best
techniques and materials for the various subsystems of the Sentry
People have asked why? Sure, at the end of the day we will have improved AI, or made it possible for more people to be interested in computer sciences. Sure I am helping to build a community of makers and thinkers in Orlando. But as Cave reminds us:
“Science isn't about
why, it's about why not. “ – Cave Johnson.
As a Sponsoring Test Subject, you will get a weekly update (minimum)
filled will pictures, diagrams, code snippets, and video of the
production. Sponsoring Test Subjects will also get early access to the
full project documentation including hardware designs, all code, and
full build documentation. My goal is not only to build the Aperture
Science Sentry Turret, but also to enable others to build their very
own. Of course for the most dedicated of Sponsoring Test Subjects, I
will build and ship you a turret based on my final designs.
Upon completion of the Sentry Turret, Please get ready to assume the party going position as there will be cake! The project team will host a launch party in Orlando area starring our very own Sentry Turret. All
Sponsoring Test Subjects will be invited to come and test with the
completed sentry. Details of the event will be posted, as we put the
final touches on the Sentry Turret.
Thank you for considering my project - and remember that every dollar
helps us reach the goal of testing with a functional Sentry Turret!
And now, Test Subject, your final test is to tell your friends about
this project by text, tweet, like, post, or by passing a message taped
to a Weighted Companion Cube. Whatever the method, bring more Test
Subjects for testing; we need all the help we can get!
Simply put Research & Development. I have spent the last few months planning the construction of the 'Sentry'. Using software like AutoDesk's Inventor, as well as some good old fashion pen and papered math, I have designed all that is possible without some physical trial and error. The raw materials, as well as a few tools and other R&D cost that come into play. R&D can be expensive, so I am crowd-sourcing the funding here on KickStarter.
The cost of shipping has been calculated in for the Continental United States, Canada I ask you add $10 to your pledge, while international pledges please add $15.
That hasn't been decided yet, if you have any great ideas let us know!
Mine is SPACE!
Still not the answer?
Send me a message or ask in the comments!
Simply pledge in a multiple of that amount. When I am ready to start sending out the rewards, I will contact you for the details of your reward. Just make sure to let me know what you want.
Yes this isn't an issue. Just make sure you send me a message to let me know. Think of the reward tiers as a shopping cart. So if you want 3 cubes(3x$25) and mini sentry($50), then simply pledge 125(+shipping)
So will this turret just stand there and do nothing, or will it move around? Will it actually shoot? What kinds of features will it have?
Its to be fully featured. This isn't going to be just a prop. While walking isn't something it is designed to do, with on board integrated electronics it will move, shoot, and interactive with everything around it. Other plan features include singing and dancing. Once the main body is built, almost anything is possible!
pledged of $6,500 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 1, 2011.
May 16, 2011 - Jul 1, 2011
Pledge $10 or more
Name or Dedication on future website, "Wall of Test Subjects" - All Pledges Greater then gain this reward too.
Pledge $25 or more
1:13.5 Weighted Companion Cube(~2 inches) Please see the FAQ about shipping.
Pledge $50 or more
Edge Lit Sign - Your choice of 1 of 3 Aperture Science Logos. 5"x6"x1.5" OR Miniature 3D Printed Aperture Science Sentry Turret. Please see the FAQ about shipping.
Pledge $75 or more
Miniature Set: A Weighted Companion Cube Plus a Mini Sentry. Please see the FAQ about shipping.
Pledge $100 or more
Custom Blueprints from the Aperture Science Sentry Turret, Made with Aperture Science Watermark, for authenticity. Please see the FAQ about shipping.
Pledge $101 or more
Bulk Discounts start to apply at this point. Buy 4 of any tier, get 1 free!
Pledge $5,000 or more
You Test Subject, Get your very own Aperture Science Sentry Turret, with real confetti.