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Thread: 3D Printing: Tutorials, Tips and questions.

  1. #11
    These are my go to guru's on youtube for 3d printing:

    Angus at Maker's Muse: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMakersMuse

    Thomas at Thomas Sanladerer: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThomasSanladerer

    And Danny at 3d Printed Tabletop: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr_...yR1VJNlN-E1y7w

    Angus and Thomas are the best 3d pritner gurus I've encountered so far and they're really accessible if you need help. They're also extremely professional about their videos and tips.

    Danny is great because he likes to show how it's possible to get better details on prints and how to successfully print miniatures for gaming.

    Joel at 3d Printing Nerd is cool too, I just think he's too...popular. He appeals to a wide audience and not just 3d printing hobbyists if you ask me. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7...Tqt08ERh1MewlQ

    And of course there's always Josef Prusa himself at: https://www.youtube.com/user/prusajr

    On Thingiverse Zanza Toys is my favorite free file maker: https://www.thingiverse.com/zanzastoys/designs

    And here's my other favorite TV artists:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/cheffrey85/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/ricktress/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/300zxcolin/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/Curufin/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/McAnultyMiniatures/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/xenor/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/Snickett/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/Astrofossil/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/Jace1969/designs
    https://www.thingiverse.com/FigureWorks/designs

    Through these guys and maybe some other users you can get a free file for just about everything seen in the films.

    And if it's made for 1:12th scale, scale it down to 66%. If it's made for 1:18th and you want it in 1:12th, scale it up by %33.

    If it's legion scale, somewhere between 200-250-300% scaled up is the way to go. But you'll probably want to check wookieepedia and BTS resources to see if the model is scaled up properly.

    I hope this info helps the other 3d printers here.

    And if you guys know of any vehicle or droid files I might not have already, let me know. :{J
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    If you need anything 3d Printed PM me. :{J

  2. #12
    One other thing I would add, Kyp, which I found through experience: In scaling down for 1:18 scale, it wouldn't be exact SW scale, since the standard figure size is 3.75" as opposed to 4". So in going from 6" (1/12) scale to 3.75" scale, I've found that scaling to 62.5% actually works a little better
    Last edited by Darth_Sceptaurus; 10-22-2018 at 05:06 PM.

  3. #13
    Not trying to argue, but it's the same scale.

    A couple(4) of mm difference in height between a SA Stormtrooper(98mm) and a 25th Anniversary GI JOE(102mm). An ST is actually 3.858 inches if you want to nitpick. It's like saying the ST is 6' and the JOE is 6' 2".

    I've scaled enough prints to know I'm correct in saying 1:18th scale/66%. And scaling any smaller than it has to be risks weakening the print.

    I've printed over 200 SW prints so far. Most of which I had to scale a 1:12 scale model down to 1:18th. I have plenty of XP with this and know that 1:18th scale is correct.

    If I had scaled that Patrol speederbike 62.5% for instance, it wouldn't have held the figure as well. Same with the Mando speeder bike. Same with the Kyber crates. Cantina chairs/tab

    I can keep going.

    You're actually scaling it down more than needed. :{J
    Last edited by KypDurron420; 10-22-2018 at 10:08 PM.
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    If you need anything 3d Printed PM me. :{J

  4. #14
    Yeah sounds like you've printed a lot more than me. The reason I had come to that conclusion was admittedly based off the cantina tables which I printed off. When I printed at 66%, it turned out larger than the actual table that was packaged with one of the figures. 62.5% got it to the right size in that situation. For the few things that I scaled down after that (crates, barrels) I kept it at the 62.5%. Hard to say if they're off without anything to compare to, but I'll take your word for it

  5. #15
    @Darth Sceptaurus Sounds like the specific file you used, not the formula. Who ever made that table in 1:12th probably oversized it.

    The ones I've used 66% works best.

    And your way might cost someone a print/time. That's why I'm telling them 66%. To save them the headache later.

    And again, we're talking a 4 mm difference in scale. I doubt that if the table file you used was accurate that it would be noticeable scaled.

    And again again, Kenner may have been 3 3/4 scale, but the more modern SA Hasbro is 1/18th.

    I'm just trying to save people the frustration of printing it slightly too small and them having to reprint it correctly.

    Frustration can cause people to get out of the 3d printing hobby. It's not worth the risk. We need more collectors in the 3d printing hobby. :{
    Disney? "Canon" you say? You must unlearn what you have learned...

    If you need anything 3d Printed PM me. :{J

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    It can be frustrating. After Halloween I will post some of my mistakes and how I can fix/use them.
    I looked online for a smelting ladle but they were more expensive than I wanted to pay.

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    Yeah I have a box full of waste PLA. A smelting ladle is a good idea. I was thinking of using a plain cooking one(metal) and seeing if I can heat the waste enough to fill a simple press mold.

    Some of my mistakes have worked out for junk piles for the Jawas or repair shops. That's just another reason why I love printing. You get these happy accidents as Ross would say. :{J
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  8. #18
    Here's some tips for speeding up printing:


    Reduce the infill as much as you can allow. I usually do 4% but sometimes I need 5-10% because the model has lots of flat spaces that need infill underneath to print successfully. My RGC speeder only took 24 hours total print time because I had the infill at 5% instead of 4. It would have probably saved a whole hour off the print. But would also be a weaker model.

    Set vertical shells to 2. If you have infill, this should be plenty of shells. But if you want it stronger, set this higher. It will take longer though since the extruder has to travel that shell's path more than twice a layer.

    Use rectilinear infill and supports. These seem to print fastest. Honeycomb is probably the strongest of the basic infills but it takes longer due to the more complex infill shape.

    Try to slice and orient the model with as few supports as possible. Supports take away time from the model itself. And if you can print without the supports it obviously is faster.

    Print one part at a time instead of a set of parts. (depends on size of parts though, a lot of small parts is still faster than setting up multiple prints of small parts) At first I tried printing droids all in one go but it takes about 2 hours to do the simple GNK I print. Leaving the parts separate only takes about one hour per whole GNK droid.

    And of course, increase the print speed if the model doesn't have a lot of varying geometry. If the shape is complex and the extruder has to jerk around a lot to make the shapes, slower is better as this will leave surface artifacts at higher speeds.


    It's really sort of Rock, paper, scissors though. Speeding up the print too much usually means it's weaker or doesn't look as nice. Hope this helps. :{J
    Last edited by KypDurron420; 10-27-2018 at 09:55 PM.
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    That was pretty helpful.
    I hope to do a bit more printing after Halloween.

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    May all your prints be successful. :{J
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