Bart Goesaert Pff... looking good... must have been a helluva time to make the surface as smooth as it is... but must admit... striking job on that. Good luck with this "BUFF" (I'm aware it is used for the B-52, thought it would be applicable here too...)
1. April 2019, 10:32
Matthew A I think we're gonna need a bigger printer
Florent Thouret @Mike, and the Ender 3, ~150€, does a great job. With some modifications (~150 more €) I have wonderfull (and fast, for such a printer) results...
8. April 2019, 12:15
Ben Schumacher Mike, the material for an FDM printer is rather cheap - depends a bit on which material you want to use of course. I usually create my 3D files myself or I modify existing files to make them printable.
8. April 2019, 12:22
Mike Daniels Thanks Ben. Do you have a link at all describing the different materials available ? And what file format do you need? I use the Blender 3D app (brilliant and free!) a fair bit and was wondering if you can export for 3D printing. You probably can - its quite a versatile application. Thanks a lot.
Florent Thouret @Wim: I've installed a bmg clone extruder, new springs, new hotend (from hotends.fr), new fanduct, bl-touch-like (from hotends.fr too), glass from creality (including a second one for free, maybe a mistake from creality !), and X + Y belts tensioner (from aliexpress - metallic ones, not printed). The last one have been received yesterday. The print quality is not so far from a stock one, but it's always the same, and most, I print PLA at 100mm/s with the same quality as I did at 30 or 40mm/s. Wich is a great improvement, for me.
9. April 2019, 03:05
Ben Schumacher Mike, I'm afraid I don't have such a link. You first have to decide which kind of printer (s) you want - FDM, SLA, DLP? It all depends on what you want to print. I have an Anycubic Photon DLP for smaller detailed parts and a Creality CR-10S FDM printer for large parts. You need STL files for 3D printing; it should be possible to export STL files with Blender. I also have Blender on my computer but I rarely use it as I find its user interface overly complex to be honest.
9. April 2019, 07:36
Ben Schumacher There are quite a few new in-progress pics for all those who are interested!
Alec K Agreed. Amazing amount of work that goes into your models
19. June 2019, 12:29
Patrick Hagelstein Ben, I'm not up to par on 3D printing but why didn't you print in all those footsteps, panels and tie downs? Is that something that can not be achieved with the tan plastic the main body is made of?
Bart Goesaert seems like two different materials and printer types, filament for the larger parts (and a larger resolution, more cleaning up to do), and I suppose a resin one for the smaller parts (very small resolution, less cleanup). this as a time and cost saver.
Ben Schumacher Bart is right, that's one of the reasons - another on is the fact that the basic file is neither very detailed nor in high resolution. A highly detailed high res file would be overkill for my computer setup - it really serves as a base for additional detailing and refinement by hand.
24. June 2019, 06:57
Patrick Hagelstein OK, thank you very much for the explanation. 3D printing is still something new to me.
24. June 2019, 13:45
Mark Broughton Ben can I ask what product are you using to get the smooth finish over the 3d printed body?
24. June 2019, 14:48
Bernhard Schrock Großartige Ideen für die Umsetzung kleiner Details! Bin sehr gespannt wie's weiter geht,,
Übrigens: kannst du mir einen kompletten japanischen Seaking drucken? Spart mir eine ganze Menge Zeit
Ben Schumacher I use simple two-component automotive body filler, followed by automotive spray primer to smoothen the surface. A lot of sanding is involved as well!
Bernhard, ein Seaking ist auf jeden Fall auch auf meiner Liste. Sobald ich die entsprechenden Daten habe, kannst du gerne die entsprechenden Teile bekommen - das wird allerdings nicht in nächster Zukunft der Fall sein...
25. June 2019, 08:53
Christian W Das wird ein riesen Modell! Verrückt Abgefahrene Idee.