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3D Printing of mini's?

   
3D Printing of mini's?

Have 3D printers gotten good enough to print miniatures or anything like that yet? It seems like no but Google hasn't given me a clear answer yet.

They have mate.

Example of a 3D printed Beach Beast

On QI (go to about 39 minutes 40 seconds on the clip above), a 3D printer produced a Beach Beast, it has 192 moving parts and worked straight off the printer.

My work place here in the UK are going to buy one next month (they are about £1600 or about $2000USD) and the first thing I'm printing is my character from WoW, already have the 3D mesh of him :0

Can't wait

Noobie

$2000 USD? That's actually not a ton of money, to be honest. And it immediately suggests to me that in the next couple of years it'll be down to $500 or so, enough to buy one for your own home.

Well, really, $2000 USD is enough to have for your home now ...

Most peeps spend that on a TV, or a second games PC, etc

I'm contemplating buying one myself in January, I've been working on wire frame models for miniatures, so I'll be able to print them out myself ... I can do 3D software, but can't sculpt to save my life

I don't think they are accurate enough for decent 28 mm scale miniatures, especially not the $2000 tabletop models. The problem is that the printed objects consist of layers with a thickness of typically 0.2 mm, so your mini will look like it consists of a stack of 0.2 mm thick sheets.
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Man, that would ruin Games Workshop overnight when its perfected

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Originally Posted by Wippit Guud View Post
Man, that would ruin Games Workshop overnight when its perfected
Or allow everyone to purchase their objects. They might go from manufacturing to design and such, etc. Plastics, accessories, and such.

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Originally Posted by Bbender View Post
I don't think they are accurate enough for decent 28 mm scale miniatures, especially not the $2000 tabletop models. The problem is that the printed objects consist of layers with a thickness of typically 0.2 mm, so your mini will look like it consists of a stack of 0.2 mm thick sheets.
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I actually think they already are (accurate enough). Here's for example two I have my eye on.

http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html
Resolution: 100microns (0.1mm) That already looks fine to me. Look at that tractor example, or various videos of them handling small objects.

And soon there is going to be this:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...nal-3d-printer
Resolution: 25microns! (0.0250mm)

The price simply has to come down 1 more digit :P

I have been looking into this on printrbottalk.com for a week or 2 now.

The printrbot Jr. is only 500 USD, but requires some extra peices for detailed work I am told.

Here is a link to my previous queries.
http://www.printrbottalk.com/forum/v...hp?f=16&t=1657

The consensus is mixed. Some say it is doable with that model, some say it isn't.

Also, soon you will be able to make your own filament for the machines using one of these...

http://filabot.com/

And finally, on thingiverse.com, this guy (dutchmogul) has made alot of usable/printable items.
http://www.thingiverse.com/dutchmogul




 

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