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avatar zeeba-G 3rd December 2014, 18:49 PM

It's finally arrived after literally three months. Took me eight hours to assemble.

Now to get it running and make some prints.

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avatar Striker says: 3rd December 2014, 19:04 PM
Is that a 3D printing machine? I'm so envious right now xD.
avatar Captain Terror says: 3rd December 2014, 20:01 PM
boner inbound that thing looks SMEXY :o
avatar Stojke says: 3rd December 2014, 22:41 PM
3D print Pengy chan, so we can have TWHL 4 already
avatar Captain Terror says: 3rd December 2014, 22:45 PM
It's got to be a cool feeling knowing you can make pretty much whatever you want... Please blog/journal about your prints!
avatar Penguinboy says: 3rd December 2014, 23:33 PM
Correction: you can print anything you long as it's plastic and doesn't have very high detail :P

Still cool though!
avatar zeeba-G says: 4th December 2014, 00:25 AM
Yea there are some limitations. The first thing I'm making is actually a cast for concrete though. Gotta think outside the box. :)
avatar DiscoStu says: 4th December 2014, 03:53 AM
Some 3D printers do have a pretty high resolution.
avatar Bruce says: 4th December 2014, 04:32 AM
kill it before it breeds!
avatar Suparsonik says: 4th December 2014, 04:49 AM
I'd pay for you to print me out some stuff!
avatar zeeba-G says: 4th December 2014, 13:48 PM
Let me know what you have in mind. Small models might be ok, but this 5"x5"x.5" model I printed took me four hours.

First model, of course I brought it to work to show off. This is the bottom portion of the mold.

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avatar Captain Terror says: 4th December 2014, 15:02 PM
Wait, you can't print pizza or cake?! TAKE IT BACK ;P

Cool idea making molds with this, nice first print!

It would be fun to make custom action figures like you were saying, and then add articulation and paint afterwards.. Would you be able to make weapons and accessories for 4" GI JOE figures, or would those be way too small? On the big side i would probably try to make a helmet/mask, even if you had to do it in stages..

Nice mouse btw, I have the same one in my laptop bag.. And don't think we didn't notice those nasty chew cans: BAD ZEEBA! BAD ZEEBA IS A BAD ZEEBA! =PP
avatar zeeba-G says: 4th December 2014, 16:42 PM
avatar DiscoStu says: 4th December 2014, 21:37 PM
What exactly needs that shape in concrete? :P
avatar zeeba-G says: 4th December 2014, 22:01 PM
It's a secwet :o. You'll see in the near future.
avatar Jessie says: 4th December 2014, 23:10 PM

Er, in real life.

So not really a map.
avatar TJB says: 5th December 2014, 11:17 AM
If I had a 3D printer probably the first thing I would do would be to try and export Half-Life models to a format that could be 3D printed, and then print them off and try to paint them. Maybe even try and find a way to export level geometry from some iconic scenes from HL and make a diorama.
avatar zeeba-G says: 5th December 2014, 13:50 PM
^--- Like! That's a terrific idea!

I just successfully printed my first cast after trial and error.

Now to get the concrete ready.

I have too many inventions just sitting in 3d modeling programs to print anything else right now. But I'm sure i'll get around to it. All you have to do is open a model in 3DS max or I think even sketchup has a plugin for it to export as a stl. file.

Down the road when I get all of my stuff out of the way, I just might take some requests.
avatar Captain Terror says: 5th December 2014, 15:07 PM
could it be a clay pigeon mold?
avatar Alberto309 says: 9th December 2014, 23:36 PM
Holy shietZ!
avatar zeeba-G says: 10th December 2014, 05:08 AM
It's architecture related.

Here's what i'm currently printing.

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avatar Alberto309 says: 10th December 2014, 16:57 PM
Is it a fish with odd legaments?
avatar TJB says: 10th December 2014, 17:47 PM
Is that a fishing lure? If I were you I would do some strength testing of that design before using it. It looks like it bridges the gap between two lengths of line and plastics shaped by 3D printing are supposed to be weaker than moulded plastics. So if something with any weight is being supported by it, it might break.
avatar zeeba-G says: 10th December 2014, 19:16 PM
I'll have to test it and find out ;)

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avatar Captain Terror says: 10th December 2014, 23:54 PM
Oh neat, nice work! :P
avatar Instant Mix says: 11th December 2014, 01:31 AM
See if I were to say, send an Autodesk Inventory file your way, would it be possible to print it?
avatar Instant Mix says: 11th December 2014, 01:31 AM
-double toast-
avatar zeeba-G says: 11th December 2014, 03:50 AM
Yea! I'm willing to take small requests.
avatar Instant Mix says: 15th December 2014, 17:48 PM
What sort of file format is preferable zeebz?
avatar zeeba-G says: 6th January 2015, 22:18 PM
obj. file is fine. As long as I can open it in 3DS and export it as a STL.
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