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My 3d printing experience so far
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My 3d printing experience so far

by gucabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:11 am

I have been printing at home since February when i bought a Printrbot Simple metal from Adafruit. My experience has been an up slope of satisfaction.

I have been designing greeblies for costumes and props (my own mostly) because I am a member of the 501st Legion as well as of the R2 builders club. It has been very satisfiying for me that I am a clutz on sculpting or creating things with my own hands, so 3d printing has been a life saver.

I used to design the parts make prints and send them off to a machinist (still do on some metal pieces) or upload to shapeways for 3d printing. Now a days i print them out at home. I have a huge colection of models that I have been uploading to shapeways and have shared them all with my fellow 501st members so they can print at home too.

Here are just a few examples that I recently printed:

R2 parts
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for the 501st costumes
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https://youtu.be/5L8vDOqV4lo

And just for fun a Jedi Holocron from the Star Wars Rebels tv series that I designed
https://youtu.be/m0qqLeKnoeU

So after the first couple of months my experience with 3d printing has been wonderful and my printer has been very very busy. The simple metal is a great printer specially for the price. Once you get the hang of it works great.

I strongly recommend investing on simplify3d for slicing and printing, that made my prints better and faster. However it might not work with all printers so double check that.

Thanks.

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Re: My 3d printing experience so far

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:15 am

Wow! Great work. Thanks for posting.

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Re: My 3d printing experience so far

by gucabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:17 am

Thanks Bill, what I normally do is find already known parts and just add the greeblies and paint like this blaster:

from this
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to this:
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I use solidworks in my work place and that is where i design my greeblies in my spare time just dont tell my boss hehe

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I've also made pieces for my dioramas of the black series 6 inch line of toys, like the top ribs, floor grills and switch box

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So 3d printing for a hobbyist like me is pure gold.

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Re: My 3d printing experience so far

by gucabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:34 am

by the way Mods please feel free to move this thread to the correct section I just noticed that I put it in the wrong "other products" section. Sorry about that.

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Re: My 3d printing experience so far

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:40 pm

Topic moved!

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Re: My 3d printing experience so far

by gucabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:53 pm

Thanks Bill

I'll be adding more pics of parts that I'm currently working for both the Droid an greeblies for my fellow 501st brothers.

Thanks.

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