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3d printed 1/72 scale fantasy steam tank

Posted by jackcanjels on 27 Apr 2010, 17:01

just got my 3d printed steam tank back from the manufacturer...
can't wait to start painting. to see it:

http://plasticgeneral.blogspot.com/2010 ... rived.html

greetings, jack
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 27 Apr 2010, 18:13

Wow, didn´t know this is possible in such a good quality. :shock:
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Posted by je_touche on 27 Apr 2010, 19:02

Yes indeed, tell us more about those 3D-prints please.
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Posted by Paul on 27 Apr 2010, 20:03

Looks great and yes, more info about the 3D printing. Please :-)
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Posted by jackcanjels on 27 Apr 2010, 20:16

well, it's actualy quite easy, you make a 3d drawing with a cad program. I use microstation, but you can use the free google sketchup. send the file to the printer company, www.shapeways.com , pay for it and it gets send to you 10 days later.... that easy. oh, yeah, make sure you order your model in fine detail material, it's a bit more expensive but has more detail.

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Posted by ModernKiwi on 27 Apr 2010, 20:26

That is very interesting alright. Do you mind telling how much getting the 3d printing cost? And is the material fragile or tough?
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Posted by Paul on 27 Apr 2010, 20:27

jackcanjels wrote:well, it's actualy quite easy, you make a 3d drawing with a cad program. I use microstation, but you can use the free google sketchup. send the file to the printer company, www.shapeways.com, pay for it and it gets send to you 10 days later.... that easy. oh, yeah, make sure you order your model in fine detail material, it's a bit more expensive but has more detail.

jack

looks very interesting :thumbup: :thumbup:
The link didn´t work at first, the comma ( , ) needs taking off then it works :-)
www.shapeways.com
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Posted by monty on 27 Apr 2010, 21:34

nice :thumbup: is it made of resin or regular plastic?
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Posted by jackcanjels on 28 Apr 2010, 10:24

the material is a kind of plastic, it is quit strong and a little bit flexible. the price is a liitle bit high. about $70 for the 3 parts that you need to build the tank. I think it could be produced cheaper if you hollow out the model some more, so to save in the materials (the main costs). but since it was also an experiment for me I didn't bother too much with the first try. wanted the 3d printed version as soon as possible....;)

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Posted by je_touche on 28 Apr 2010, 10:54

That is quite pricy. Nevertheless, very interesting. Me thinks 3D-printing will open up a whole range of new possibilities in the modelling world. Maybe not for massproduction but for creating master models that are far more exact than anything one could achieve manually.
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Posted by Paul on 28 Apr 2010, 16:10

je_touche wrote:. Me thinks 3D-printing will open up a whole range of new possibilities in the modelling world. Maybe not for massproduction but for creating master models that are far more exact than anything one could achieve manually.

Like the 6cm female figure on page one of the gallerie :shock:
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Posted by Alex on 28 Apr 2010, 17:19

8) Well, looks like death for the sculptor! It is not a slash and cable Usb2 :shock:
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Posted by je_touche on 28 Apr 2010, 17:41

It seems to me this technique lends itself first of all to technical models. Nevertheless, I wonder when the first figure manufacturer will start using it, and what the outcome will be.

I don't thing though that 3D-printing will destroy manual sculpting totally, such as photography did not destroy painting.
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Posted by poky on 28 Apr 2010, 18:49

I dont think that in a few year you just print your own models as a 3d printer still will be big bucks its a specialist tool, sure it will get cheaper easier to get and more companies will use it to print there masters, for myself I love to use it someday to get wheels and tracks made but not for figures I have seen gameworkshop models of there 3d printed figures they are ugly. I think that non organic stuff is great for 3d printing and not to detailed from what I understand the going detail is 0.2mm anything smaller cant be done or will cost a lot more. This is all just my thoughts and what I know so far
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