3D printer- my initial foray.

As previously mentioned I recieved a 3D printer for xmas and the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with it. I have also been looking on various website for as many interesting looking free files that I could find to try out.

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Assembly was a breeze with only one recalictrant cable proving to be difficult so I quickly printed off the test file to see how it turned out. I was rather pleased with the results. Fast and not too noisy (the cat is happy to sleep through it running)- generates a lot of heat though.

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The next day was, however, less succesful due to what is best described as user generated errors. I tried printing out a different figure but that one failed when a support gave way.

 

I decided to get some simpler terrain bits printed, that is after all what I primarily want to use it for. I found some rather nice manhole covers/ sewer entrances so printed off a set of 6 for myself.

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Given how pleased I was with these I tried my hand at rescalling some vehicles and printing them out. I found a 1:100 set of experimental/ prototype WW2 German designs and selected the smallest and resized it to 1:72. The first time I printed it I didn’t reorientate it so whilst one side printed out very nicely the other didn’t do well at all.

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I asked about and it seems that the correct way to go is tracks down so I tried again. Much better this time, but when it cam to cleaning off the suppors I fear I may have lost some detail.

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On person did suggest printing AFVs with them stood on their rear hull, I’m not really convinced but in the interests of experimentation I’ll give it a go.

 

I also resized some 1:200 WW1 tanks to 1:100 to use with the Great War board game I enjoy. It is a rather chunky print but once cleaned up I rather like it.

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That is where I have got to so far. I want to try some more scenery before I go into full production to make myself a Necromunda set up.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

29 comments on “3D printer- my initial foray.

  1. Jeff Groves says:

    I think this is the future of modeling in one form or another. Following your adventures with great interest!

  2. One of these days I’ll own a 3D printer. Not yet though. I enjoyed seeing your experimentation.

  3. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with it.

  4. Should be interesting to see how it all progresses. I think its more an art than science at the moment. Learning what settings your printer works best on.

  5. Those owls are too much! ❤

  6. Welcome aboard 😉 looking good Pete

  7. Good luck man. It’s definitely the future of minis and everything else. They’re even printing full scale liveable houses now.

  8. patmcf says:

    Looking good so far with the experimental stage Pete, after seeing what struggles Maenoferren has with his, this is certainly not for me as you know I’m a technical moron !so I’ll leave these magic machines to those with patience in abundance !!

  9. Hope to see what you come up with – I’ll still be melting metal…. Cheers!

  10. ignitedmoth says:

    So cool! (The owls are really cute BTW!) ^_^
    Also, I love those light up keyboards. If I didn’t have a laptop I’d be determined to get one!

  11. Azazel says:

    So very cool. I need to learn how to use these bloody things one day. Maybe I can get my work to train me up….

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      That would be good- proper training rather than my ‘what does this button do I wonder?’ approach.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • Azazel says:

        Yeah. I put in a proposal to get one for this year but it got rejected. I may be able to get some paid training this year and then propose again next year once I have some idea of how it all works. Bonus of course will be a work printer will be better than anything I can afford myself, and we’ll need to test how well it works, and how detailed we can get.. and…

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        That sounds ideal if you ccan get it. Keep pestering them.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

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