Kristian’s Stargate project

I have a made a “working” Stargate model from the SG1 TV-show. It spins, the chevrons move and lights up and when a correct address is dialled, the wormhole is established. The wormhole is an infinity mirror effect. The gate is controlled with a DHD. You can check out the video presentation of the Stargate in action here:

I like 3d printing, electronics, programming and making stuff. I also enjoy the Stargate TV-series and decided to make a “working” model of the gate as seen in the TV-show.

This was a challenging and fun project and I had to learn a lot of new stuff. This has been a very time-consuming project. There are a few variations of Stargates used in the show and I chose to make the original one from the SG1 series. There are also several logical “glitches” in the technical workings of the gate as seen in the TV show and it even behaves differently in different episodes. I have made it work as best I can while staying as true as possible to the feeling and essence of the TV-Show.

Features

  • A fully interactive working Stargate complete with a DHD (Dial Home Device).
  • The Stargate ring spins and places the dialled symbol on the correct chevron as the traveller is inputting the address by using the DHD.
  • All 7 chevrons move and lights up when engaged.
  • The Stargate can dial any milky-way address used in the show.
  • When a correct address is input using the DHD, the wormhole is established.
  • The wormhole effect consists of a animated infinity mirror of 122 LED’s.
  • Complete with sound effects from the TV Show.
  • When the wormhole stays open, selected random audio clips from the TV-Show is played.
  • As in the TV-Show the wormhole can stay open for 38 minutes. When the time limit is reached, a random quote from the show where the time limit is mentioned is played and the wormhole disengages.
  • The Stargate itself is about 39 cm in diameter.

Want to know how it’s all put together? Find out more about the Stargate here, and the DHD here.

Questions or comments?

Have you got any questions or comments related to this project? Feel free to use the form below. The form is moderated, and your comment will not appear to the world until it is approved. Would you rather want to contact me directly? You can reach me at kristian@thestargateproject.com

A lot of people are asking if they can buy a Stargate as seen on this site. More information about this here: Buy a complete Stargate?
If you are feeling creative, you can buy the STL files, Python program, Gerber files etc: Build a Stargate yourself?

248 thoughts on “Kristian’s Stargate project”

  1. Hello i am Johannes from Austria in Vienna

    I show my Wife this Video aobot Youtube and now i have the lovely Order to ask you how much it cost when you buy a new one?

    Greetings Johannes

  2. Robby Smolinski

    I would be very interested in commissioning a build for me. If there’s any possibility please contact me. Super impressed by the way.

  3. Juan Castillo

    It’s incredible!, it’s an excellent job. Consult, it will be for sale.

    Está increible!, es un excelente trabajo. Consulta, estará a la venta.

  4. Hey. It is a masterpiece. a gift for all fans of the series. Do you custom-make such gates? Russian.

  5. Hello !
    I’m building the stargate and I wonder if you could send the gerber file for JLCPCB with the SMD components ?
    Thus, we could order the PCB with its components.

    Thanks, and congratulations for this wonderful project !

    1. Hi Julien,
      To my knowledge they only do SMD soldering with parts they sell themselves. But maybe it’s possible to send them the parts and they do the soldering for you. You’ll just have to check with them i guess. There are probably other companies that do provide SMD soldering also.

      1. Thanks Kristian,

        Sad, this could save lot of time and ensure a good soldering. I will follow your guide for the V2 DHD.
        Thanks you and wish you the best 🙂

  6. The update looks great, I wonder if you considered the option of having JLPCB, whom I have used, or PCBWAY to do the reflow work and partially assemble the v2 DHD? The service is good. I note the gerber files and BOM, but wondered if they were in the format that is required to have the work done by the factory? The components that can be hand soldered don’t get done of course.

    Thanks also for hearing the call on the help with Python explanation, much appreciated!

    1. Hi Brett,
      Glad you like the update.
      Yes, I did look into it briefly. They only attach parts that they offer themselves if i recall correctly. And as far as i could tell, they do not offer the dotstars. If we need to solder the dotstars ourselves anyway, i figured it would’t be that much work to just solder all the parts ourselves.

  7. That is a hell of a job. I am most impressed. Tell me , are you intending to sale this set ? What pricing you’d expect if so ?

    1. A lot of people are asking if they can buy a Stargate as seen on this site. More information about this here: Buy a complete Stargate?
      If you are feeling creative, you can buy the STL files, Python program, Gerber files etc: Build a Stargate yourself?

    2. Sehr schön gestaltet. Ich mag Stargate sehr und bin daher von dem Tor das sie gebaut haben begeistert.

  8. Je suis super impressionné par la grande qualité de votre travail.
    Je souhaiterais en faire une pareille, mais le niveau de finition est inégalable.
    Pourriez-vous vendre aussi les pcbs que vous avez crée ou les fichiers pour les commander?

  9. Justin Murray

    If in the future you plan on building and or selling a Stargate Atlantis version I would love to get my hands on that.
    That is incredible work by the way

    1. Hi Brandon,
      I don’t think I’ll be able to fit an iris on the current version. Also, only the earth gate has the iris. The base for this stargates suggests it’s not the earth one, but one from another planet.

  10. Amazing Work!
    Given the fact that Stargate has a huge fans database, maybe a Kickstarter project can be started.
    You guys can raise the money to make it from a hobby to a business, and to make a lot of us happy as well. One extra model isn’t enough for all the fans upthere.
    What you guys created is just out of this world for a real fan!

  11. Say, how about using springs and electromagnets instead of motors for the chevrons? I don’t know about the cost implications, but I think it would do the job and reduce some complexity.

    By the way, I love this Stargate! 😀 Everything (art, hardware, software) is very nicely done.

    1. Hi Nick.
      I tried using solenoids for the chevrons on my first attempt. But it didn’t look quite right. The movement was very “sudden” and the range of motion and speed control was very limited.

      1. As Teal’c would say, “indeed,” it doesn’t look right when their movement is too fast. That’s why I thought about springs, that would (ideally) dampen their movement. It’s probably more fiddly from a mechanical stand point, but maybe some combination would work. Anyway, I had to ask. 🙂 The step motor version is spot on, so that’s awesome work! ❤️

        Thanks for your reply, and have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

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