Adventures in 3d printing

rastanz

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Cool video, I've been thinking of buying a 3D printer just to use for printing accessories and details of my model projects as I scratch build a lot of details which turns out cool but as you know yourself the process can be time consuming.

Is working with the resin messy? was your printer just plug and play or did it require downloading the drivers?
 

Quaralane

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They recommend using gloves with the resin, so I'd be careful there.
Printer isn't even attached to the computer ATM. I use a thumb drive to get the meshes to the printer.

And I'll likely be printing accessories and the like as well. Just wanting to get a bit more comfortable with it before going that route
 

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How expensive are those machines? I'm interested in one but for models. I'm sure there are all kinds of prices, but I would like something that could just take care of printing parts, not an entire model or something like that.
 

JonW

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I have a "regular" 3D printer and have been using it to make light bars, push bumpers, etc. for police cars. It's been a huge learning curve, what with the printer, the CAD software and the slicer software. It can be very frustrating but also very rewarding. I'm not sold on resin printing yet, though. It will probably catch up, but it seems there is MUCH more flexibility with an FDM printer with filament types and colors, support, etc.

Mcirving, check on Amazon for pricing. You can get a decent FDM printer for $200 and some change. Resin printers are a bit higher.
 

Hagoth

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Very cool! 3D printers are a great addition to the model building craft. I have several high precision large format FDM printers that I love using to both accessorize and upgrade existing models and also print full kits with multiple parts.
 

JonW

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This is my second attempt at making a police car out of a muscle car. It's a 1:18th scale diecast that I added the decals and police equipment to. The police equipment was made with my 3D printer.

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Quaralane

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The Anycubic Photon Mono X that I bought set me back about $800 USD including shipping.
While they do have smaller ones for less, I knew I'd be disappointed if I went that route.
Still learning some of the tricks of the trade
 

urumomo

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Pretty cool !
The car , especially the initial model , has a Mach 5 vibe for sure .

So how long did it take to print the larger car ?
 

Quaralane

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Thanks. It was definitely influenced by the Mach.
The larger version took about 8.5 hours to print
 

Jim62

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Just curious to know if there is a place you can download military 3D drawings for 1/35th scale to use with your 3D printer. I am beyond having the patience to even think about trying to learn cad software from internet videos. I'm sure I could, but the frustration of learning the cricut machine that way sucked big time and I ain't interested in going through that with cad software. Oh how I long for the days when companies provided in depth manuals and everything you needed for the expensive shit we buy. I don't have a printer yet, just looking at what the roadblocks are and this is the big one for me.
 

JonW

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3D printing is very much a DIY enterprise. They never heard of manuals. I envy the guys that can make a figurine from scratch. That's an art form into itself. I'm not into that, but you might try doing a search for 1/35 STL and see what you come up with.
 

Quaralane

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Don't know what good the drawings would do for 3d printing, but there are several sites with pre-made files for printing that could be scaled up or down as needed
 

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