Hi everyone. I've been wanting to get into 3D printing for a while now so that I can create and print my own miniatures for wargaming with. I decided to start out by creating a simple mushroom man using Zbrush as all the humans I've tried to sculpt always look very wrong. Here's a picture of the model within Zbrush.
Since I don't have a 3D printer I emailed the file to a local man who printed it out for me as shown below.
The model is 90mm tall and cost me £17. I'm really pleased with how he turned out although there will be quite a bit of sanding and preparation needed before he's ready to be painted. I think the biggest downside is that the layers of the model can be clearly seen, especially on smaller models. You can see what I mean on these free samples I received.
I'm planning on doing more sculpting and printing soon but I don't think that 3D printing is a substitute for high quality miniatures as the layers can be seen so clearly.
An acetone treatment fixes 3D printing ridges without much difficulty. Alot of people I know like to use an acetone bath, but i personally feel that goes a bit too far with it. I personally prefer to use a brush and just layer the acetone on. Makes it alot easier. The acetone binds with the top layer and vapourises it. Do enough brush treatments and you'll eventually get a very smooth and very VERY shiny finish.
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