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 Post subject: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:41 pm 
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Hey twisty puzzlers!

I am just now putting the finishing touches on something that isn't a puzzle. I give you:
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In the Portal 2 Coop, one of the loading screens was a series of fake blueprints for the two player robots, ATLAS and P-Body, who are in my opinion, two of the most adorable, lovable, hilarious robots since R2D2 and C3PO. (Wall-E wins this title as well.)

Since I'm me, the blueprints immediately made me want to try modeling them in SolidWorks. I started with ATLAS because there were more detailed drawings of him. If he turns out well, I'll try making P-Body, too.

By the way, this took somewhere around 40 or 50 hours of work to model in Solidworks. Every single sketch is fully defined. I'm just OCD like that. The shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees are movable, with set screws to hold them in place.

I'll post here again when I get the physical robot from Shapeways. In the meantime, enjoy these screenshots.
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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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excellent! Would be very nice if you make a printable version too!

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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It is printable! Unfortunately, I don't think I can sell it on Shapeways, as the robots are probably copyrighted by Valve.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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Very nice, although I always play as P-body :lol:
How tall is it?

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It is approximately 15cm tall. The blueprints had inch measurements on them, making the whole robot about 73in tall. I took all those measurements and used them instead as mm, making the robot 73mm tall, and decided to scale it up by a factor of 2 in the end (which takes 10 seconds in solidworks!). As I designed it, I made sure to keep all features to be at least 0.5mm wide, so that they would be at least 1mm wide once scaled. That should make it nice and durable.

By the way, how do you choose who you play as? I've never figured it out...

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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The player who sends the invitation is Atlas, so my friend and I worked it out so we always get the right character :)

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Ah, thanks!

UPDATE: I just ordered the parts! I'll post pictures when it arrives.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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epic! I have no idea how someone would go about making such a complicated design. That just seems incredibly difficult. Nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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That looks amazing! Do you have plans for any other Portal 2 3D models?

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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As I said, I plan on making P-Body once I know that ATLAS worked out well.

Update: I just got confirmation from my sister, saying that she is willing to paint ATLAS for me. Woohoo!

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (It's HERE!)
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ATLAS is finally here! The arms are a little flexible in places, but the legs are very sturdy. He holds up the portal gun very nicely.

Without further ado, here are some EPIC pictures. (Bonus points if you can figure out what the poster in the background is in the first picture.)
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I'll be sending ATLAS off to my sister soon, and she'll paint him. I'll post more pictures when she sends them to me.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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VERY COOL! This looks super detailed for how small it is. I love portal and your designs this is a nice combination of the two.


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Oh, the nerd in me cannot be contained under the bombardment of the awesomeness of this! Can't wait to see the painted Atlas!


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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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You should send pics to Valve when it's done. I'm sure they'd post them in the Portal 2 news feed.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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I'm sending an email to Gabe Newell right now. I hope he responds.

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I am a rising senior in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. At the moment, my favorite thing about mechanical engineering is designing things in SolidWorks and 3D printing them. When I saw the mock blueprints of ATLAS and P-body in the coop of Portal 2, I decided to have a go at making a 3D model of ATLAS in SolidWorks. It took me 50 to 60 hours, but it was well worth the effort. I ordered a copy 3D printed from Shapeways.com, and it arrived today. My sister has offered to paint it for me.

I have attached a screenshot of ATLAS in SolidWorks, and some pictures of the finished product (not yet painted).

Would you be interested in a free copy? Any chance my talents could be useful at a company like Valve?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Eitan


I'll let you know if I get a response.

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very cool and very well done! I hope you get a response.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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Eitan,

This is extremely cool. I can't wait for the painted version. :D

I get the bonus points! :D The poster in the background in the first picture is without a doubt the Movie Narrative Charts Poster from xkcd.

Best of luck with Valve!

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that is so awesome dude! I absolutely love atlas and always play as him
I can't wait for it to be painted

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2
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Thanks everyone.

My sister painted ATLAS for me, and it looks fantastic! Unfortunately, it's packed away in the boxes I had shipped to my dorm, so I can't take pictures right now. But I'll take pictures tomorrow evening.

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I'm a huge portal's fun! And you really did a great job! My only concern is the hand's pose (it feels really unnatural)... but this is just a character animator's point of view :D

Great job and can't wait to see it painted!

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (Painted Pictures Added)
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Hey everyone,

Here are some pictures of the painted ATLAS. I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to taking these new pictures. I've been insanely busy, and it completely slipped my mind. The sharpie bled a little bit in places, but I think it worked out fine.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (Painted Pictures Added)
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looks amazing, I want one!

out of curiosity did Gabe Newell ever reply back to the message you sent them?


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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (Painted Pictures Added)
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Nope. I might try contacting Gabe Newell again.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (Painted Pictures Added)
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I want one!

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Great job! Now all you need to do is design a wearable one for fancy dress parties :lol:

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Brilliant Eitan - but a word of advice - Stopmotion!
Get it to solve a CurvyCopter whilst juggling 2x2's and break-dancing, and send that to Gabe.
Then whilst he (and everyone else) is in a good mood, get him to let you sell them, so I and my daughter can get one for Xmas.
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Awesome! Ive been wanting to see this for a long time! And is your edge turning octahedron missing a sticker!?

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It is printable! Unfortunately, I don't think I can sell it on Shapeways, as the robots are probably copyrighted by Valve.

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Hi Eitan, nice job!
How about you give me one as a gift, and I give you some money, also as a gift, on a totally unrelated matter, let's say for Christmas :D

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Awesome! Ive been wanting to see this for a long time! And is your edge turning octahedron missing a sticker!?

Yeah, that happened a while ago. I just haven't gotten around to cutting a new one.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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Hey everyone,

I got a response from Valve! It isn't directly from Gabe, but I am pretty sure that Gabe actually did read the email, since he definitely forwarded it to the right people. I got a response from an Arsenio Navarro (what an awesome name).

Arsenio wrote:
Hello Eitan,

Thank you for the email.

The Atlas 3D print looks great!

I’ve forwarded along your email and attachments to some of our modelers asked them for feedback / pointers.

I will update once I have it.

In the meantime, what is your shipping address?

We’d like to send you a little something for your efforts.

Thanks,

Arsenio

Oh my.... I can't wait to find out what they're sending me! I'll let you know what it is when it arrives...
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Hello Arsenio and Mr. Newell,

Glad you like it! I had a lot of fun going from the blueprints (yup, the ones in the loading screens in the Coop) to a SolidWorks model. It was a great exercise in designing for accurate form, which is something I haven't gotten to do very much of in mechanical engineering school. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I'm hoping to do P-body sometime in the future, so that ATLAS doesn't get lonely. (I'll make sure they have enough mobility to high-five and, of course, to hug!)

My shipping address is
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Looking forward to hearing from you!

-Eitan

About 20 minutes later I got this message from Tristan Reidford, who is apparently one of the modelers who actually created the Co-op bot models for Portal 2:
Tristan wrote:
Hey this looks great, you have some fantastic details going on there, and his proportions look spot on! It looks like you have made him poseable too, I see some hinges and ball joints. Only thing that’s missing is the pistons, but I have no idea how you would add them and keep it poseable! If it helps I would be happy to send you some polygonal OBJ files if it would help you?

Great work! Can’t wait to see P-body!

Regards,
Tristan.

I sent back a message thanking all of them, and letting Tristan know that I would absolutely love to see the OBJ file of ATLAS from the actual game.


And he sent it to me. :shock:


And there's absolutely no chance whatsoever that I will be distributing it to anyone, so please don't ask. Sorry, but Valve is the last company I would want to piss off. (They've got Gordon Freeman, GLaDOS, and Chell, not to mention loads and loads of zombies at their beck and call.)

I do realize that if you dig deep enough in the game files, you can probably find 3D models of ATLAS and P-Body, but I figured that might violate some sort of EULA that i agreed to. (See previous paragraph about not pissing off Valve.)

In all seriousness, this may suggest a new career path for me, so I want to play it safe and not betray the trust that these animators have given me.

In any case, when you compare the model they sent me (made in Maya) against the model I made in SoldWorks, the only differences are the pistons (which I got rid of in order to make the robot posable) and the small details (which wouldn't have shown up in WSF printing anyways).

I'll post here when I find out what they're sending me.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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Well thats just about the most awesome thing i have heard all day! i want to work for valve after a graduate from digipen (portal originally came from a digipen game :] look up narbacular drop.) if you get a job as a modeler i will see you there! also if you like dota, the guy who made the first dota mod goes to my school and works at valve now, good luck!

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Awesome that you got a response. Let us know if you do end up animating for games and where we should look for the easter egg fully functional DeFTI :P

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Muffet wrote:
So jealous

Prepare yourself to be even more jealous...

I just got a package from Valve. It contained:
1. A shirt with ATLAS on the front and "Cooperative Testing Initiative" on the back.
2. A shirt with the old "Aperture Science Innovators" logo on the front.
3. A mousepad with one of Rat Man's drawings and poems about the Companion Cube on it.
4. A poster of in-game placards with warnings about Hazardous Environments and how you shouldn't "Look at, touch, ingest, or engage in conversation with any substances beyond this point".
5. A large version of one of the in-game posters about the mannequins made by the old Aperture company.
6. A huge poster of ATLAS and P-body looking all awesome and badass, with the signatures of the whole Portal 2 dev team. I'm not sure whether Gabe Newell signed the poster, but I think he probably did.

The posters are now up on my wall, taking their rightful places alongside my XKCD posters.

This has been a wonderful experience. I have never gotten such incredible recognition from such a great company. I've attached some pictures.

-Eitan

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Did jeep barnett sign it?

I believe so. Just above P-body's left hip (our right), there is a "JB".

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thats so awesome, he came and did a guest lecture last year, i havent seen him since, but i see his brother every day. They are our idols, the ones that proved that us students can really achieve excellence. I hope you get a job :P

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Really really kewl... thanks for sharing all those details.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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If they give you permission to sell this I'll buy. What would be pretty cool too is if this toy was reproduced through Valve.

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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This is an incredible story.
I am happy for you that you've got the recognition and response that you deserved.

Thanks a lot for sharing! 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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That's just scary, Eric....

By the way, ATLAS saw the Companion Cube trapped in the mousepad, and tried to get it out. No luck yet.
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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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Wow :shock:
Wow wow wow wow wow
That is awesome!
Valve is awesome :lol:
I'm actually... kind of speechless...

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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pirsquared wrote:
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So jealous
Prepare yourself to be even more jealous...

I just got a package from Valve. It contained:
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Jealous indeed. I suddenly have the urge to build a fully animatronic Atlas in order get some loot of my own...

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 Post subject: Re: ATLAS from Portal 2 (RESPONSE FROM VALVE!)
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pirsquared wrote:
By the way, ATLAS saw the Companion Cube trapped in the mousepad, and tried to get it out. No luck yet.
What you need is my 3x3x3 companion cube to keep ATLAS happy :)

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