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 Post subject: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:47 pm 
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In the vein of Shameless Self Promotion (with the hope of becoming RICH BEYOND THE DREAMS OF AVARICE, MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!), I'd like to announce that I'm offering some of my digital models for sale via Shapeways.

My shop is at https://www.shapeways.com/shops/mojobobdesign.

At present there's a 1930 Vickers Medium Mk.III there in 1:100, 1:285 and 1:300 scales, and some conversion bits to turn Battlefront's WWII Rolls Royce armoured car into a WWI version. Coming soon, a 1925 Birch Gun, and a Vickers Light Tank Mk.I and/or II.


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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:35 pm 
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Nice work! Prety expensive though you might want to stick a few on a sprue so the "per piece" surcharge doesn't hurt as much.

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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:23 pm 
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Just uploaded, a 1925 Birch Gun in 1:285 scale.

The limitations of the printing process means that things like the gun shield, track guards and track cleats are hugely over-thick in scale, but most of the model could just be resized upwards to form the core of a 15mm model, which will be able to display a lot more detail around the gun and so forth.

On the plus side, this is the first model I've submitted to Shapeways that passed all their automated pre-acceptance tests first time, so I'm clearly getting a handle on how to design for the materials. :)


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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:25 pm 
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Mark_The_Great wrote:
Nice work! Pretty expensive though you might want to stick a few on a sprue so the "per piece" surcharge doesn't hurt as much.


Yeah, I've been thinking that. I could probably manage three or four on a sprue before running into Shapeways' file-size limit.


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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:31 am 
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What program are you using to model it? And what size file does shapeways accept? There are other 3d printing companies around that might have different file limits.

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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:01 pm 
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Here's a 15mm (1:100) version. I had to fudge the gun controls a tad; I couldn't find any good pictures of them, and some of the spindlier protrusions would be very vulnerable to tabletop damage.


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 Post subject: Re: 3d printed stuff on Shapeways
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:03 pm 
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schemeinggeneral wrote:
What program are you using to model it? And what size file does shapeways accept? There are other 3d printing companies around that might have different file limits.


I'm doing the modeling in Blender. Shapeways' size limit is 64MB; I've done 3-up and 5-up sprues of the Birch Gun within that limit, and I'm learning a bit more about optimising models for efficiency.


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