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Will



Joined: 12 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:19 am    Post subject: 3D printing  Reply with quote

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.
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meaneh



Joined: 01 Mar 2016
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Location: Buckshaw

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Will



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. My wife has some acetone that I might have to "borrow". I'll try it out on the free samples first.
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meaneh



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good plan. Just take it slow and be patient. Its a long process but you can get really nice results out of it. Also, if you have a few samples, try the bath method as well and let me know how it goes.

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