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3D Printer Support

Postby Oije64 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:36 am

I own an professional 3D Printer and would like to build some of the space ships in the future. Could the dev imagine that we can get STL-Files of the ship models?
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby Guardsman » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:06 am

I would love to see the devs allow this as it would give fans a way to collect ships. I myself wouldn't mind having a few 2-5 inch models of ships to work strategies out with.

As for 3D printing itself i have always wanted to own a 3D printer for making parts. Is there DIY or cheap printer on the market someone could own with little experience?
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby Oije64 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:16 am

I have seen 3D Printer for approx. 700 EUR, but the quality is rather poor. I can tejll you more after attending a 3D-printing convent which will be End of March 2014.

Anyway, the hype around these machines is marketing. Having a 3D Printer is one thing, but without any printable 3D files it is worth nothing. Many companies earn a nice extra money by selling spare parts for their products. Usually these parts a rather expensive compared to the total price. Why should companies disclaim for this income, supporting the world with 3D files?

Though there will rise up a lot of public domain 3D databases sooner or later, where people can upload and download their self constructed 3D spare parts.
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby Guardsman » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:17 am

700 EUR is about $953 way more than i have to spare :P

Ya i can see why a company would not give out 3D files. If they can make profit off of the files then they will not give the files away. So in most cases the files will come from community sources, or be self made. This is the same thing i run into when coding mods for games. Any content i need i either make or get from a community source.
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby apollo » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:28 am

Guardsman wrote:700 EUR is about $953 way more than i have to spare :P


Well if it was only $738 more than you have to spare, then I would say you should look at http://store.quintessentialuniversalbui ... roduct=144

It's an established company making it and they have almost kept their very aggressive kickstarter schedule. The basic setup is $215 delivered in the US and there are upgrade kits if you want to increase the size or get a heated bed later. You would have to pay now and wait till late April most likely.

Unless you want to spend several thousand (often even more than that), all consumer level 3d printers are a bit DIY. You can pay extra for someone to assemble it but it's probably better to just get experience of doing that yourself as you need take apart if a piece breaks. You'll need to understand how works and it's limitations to tune it for best possible quality. Read a few threads at http://www.fabric8r.com/forums/forumdis ... ch-Support to see what kinds of problems arise and how people fix them.
This thread has a good summary of entry level options in the near future.

If you want to learn about 3d printing, find a local hackerspace and there will probably be a few folks who own one and the space will probably have one for their shared use. You'll learn more quickly taking face to face with others who have used them. PM me and I'll help you find one near you.

There are already sharing sites like thingiverse.com where people share designs and 3d model files. There are companies like shapeways that will print your design on professional 3d printers and mail it to you. They can be extensive but have many more materials and nice finishing options. Another option is 100kgarages which helps you find a local who can fabricate your design for a price.

As far as ship models to print, that'd be cool and all but 3d modeling assets take a long time to develop and it's a lot to ask. Models that look great in game may not have everything right to print. In general, ships may be hard to print on common 3d printers. If resin printers were more common and less expensive, it's be more practical.

There would be licensing concerns to address so that someone couldn't just use the raw models in their own game with them or even just import them into Gary's Mod and make machinima. I only ask that the Novus Aeterno team keep up the good work with the money I pledged. They shouldn't be expected to go open source with major game assets. And the whole team will be quite busy for quite a while working in other things that benefit the whole community here anyway.
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby Azsendi » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:45 am

Go to makerbot.com
They make good quality printers. :) (I don't own one, but my school owns 3 of them) Also, the print pretty fast.
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Re: 3D Printer Support

Postby JenLove » Fri May 22, 2015 1:03 am

Well, Some parts require post-processing after printing. If you printed your parts with rafts and supports they must be removed before your part will be useable. Using needle nose pliers to pry off supports can be effective. Metal spatulas have also been used successfully to remove rafts.

It is best to add all holes to parts in CAD software prior to printing. Drilling holes into 3D printed parts can cause parts to collapse if nuts are tightened onto the holes because the interior of the parts is composed of a honeycomb structure to reduce material usage and print time.
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