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#261 Jeremy Jon

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 10:07 PM

in 3D printing something 1/24 scale, there are a few variables

 

first being of course the rendering, it could be as complex as you'd like, but may not translate to the printed object, as printers are limited to (depending on the specific machine) a degree of resolution

in some cases, it actually helps to compromise to degree of detail which is possible to print, and sometimes either increase or decrease the feature so that it "appears" well in the final result, as some fine details simply disappear in the making

 

second, the material chosen can be a limiting factor, I prefer to always use the finest material choice possible, with shapeways that is their FUD, an ultra-fine material

 

third is printing direction, this is not something you can presently control easily if outsourcing, like with shapeways, they will print in any one of the three axis, depending on the technician who processes the order

the reason is that there will definitely be a grain in the final item, that is where a degree of finishing prep is required, sometimes simply a layer of primer to fill in the grain steps texture, and why I always choose the finest material to print

 

fourth is the machine & provider, many home based 3D printers are a work in progress, and though some produce fine results, you'll often find it is through much effort & trail to achieve, where as the market place 3D printing vendors have of course higher quality printers, but trust me when I say that they are definitely NOT all created equal, in pricing, service, or especially shipping

I've tried a few now, and still for ease I use shapeways, at least until someone can beat or match them in price & service

 

this example is a 1/24 tires, designed to the limit of their resolution, and printed in FUD material

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ok but the thing is, in most of the websites linked to the photos from that google search, there are a lot of objects that I cannot really tell how big they are, and the ones that you can, like the miniature Eiffel tower, its a subject that lends itself to a straight line sort of process that hides the problems with the three D printers. can you show me an image of a 1/24 scale say engine block with a smooth polished surface, or at least a very subtle only realistic casting look to it?

 

im not saying this isn't possible because I think this technology has a big big promise for the future; I am just saying in my experience I haven't seen really nice small scale detailed parts, particularly not in person where it is easier to judge exactly what it is you are looking at.

 

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Edited by Jeremy Jon, 31 October 2014 - 10:46 PM.


#262 jbwelda

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 06:32 AM

I would like to see that tire with some primer on it so it would be easier to judge the surface. thanks for posting that!

 

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 09:23 PM

No problem, this is how the same tires looks painted (photo a bit dusty)

 

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I would like to see that tire with some primer on it so it would be easier to judge the surface. thanks for posting that!

 

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:01 PM

I scratch built a correct Push bar for a NYPD (and other) Charger for the Lindberg kit, as its totally different to the kit one.  Would it be possible to get it looking good with a 3d printer? or would it have to be in resin.

Also how easy is the software to use?    I want to make some US traffic lights, road signs etc etc.  



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:16 PM

This is the one i scratch built.  Could it be printed as good as in resin?  https://www.flickr.c...157648502911299



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:33 PM

On a less serious note...

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:39 PM

I scratch built a correct Push bar for a NYPD (and other) Charger for the Lindberg kit, as its totally different to the kit one.  Would it be possible to get it looking good with a 3d printer? or would it have to be in resin.

Also how easy is the software to use?    I want to make some US traffic lights, road signs etc etc.  

You really need to go back about 12 pages in this thread to see what's involved with learning the software.



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:06 PM

http://www.computerw...b54f4d1e59068da

 

Review of another desktop printer.  The pace is picking up......



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 03:07 PM

I've got stacks of model car kits to build, so I doubt that the 3D printer will have any effect on me.