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Dirk The Daring from Dragon's Lair - 3D Printed

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Dirk The Daring from Dragon's Lair - 3D Printed
Posted by Kizzy on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:21 PM

I recently purchased a 3D printer and this was my first attempt at printing and assembling a 3D model with it.  This model came from Thingiverse.  Spent so many quarters on this game as a kid, I knew I had to make one.  I printed it with Hatchbox Gray PLA on my Monoprice Select Mini V2.  It prints in about 15 separate pieces.  Colors were a custom mix of Tamiya acrylics airbrushed with a Paasche H.  Assembly was done with Devcon 5-minute 2-part epoxy.  Happy with the results for a first go!

-Kizzy

 

Dirk The Daring 3D Printed

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:33 PM

That's pretty cool, Kizzy! The prints look smoother than some of the pieces I've picked up from Shapeways. Did it print out at this resolution or did you have to do some smoothing of the parts?

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:35 PM

Very cool!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:41 PM

Ha!  Very cool.  I played that game quite a bit as well.  It was advanced for it's time.  Dirk turned out great.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:45 PM

keavdog

Ha!  Very cool.  I played that game quite a bit as well.  It was advanced for it's time.  Dirk turned out great.

 

Ditto

Steve

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Posted by Kizzy on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:53 PM

Thanks all!

KnightTemplar -- The print resolution or layer height used was .13125mm, which is considered "fine" though the printer is capable of still finer resolution (however this would be at the expense of speed).  The "smoothness" of the parts printed out pretty much exactly as you see them.  I had to do almost no post-processing, other than some very light touches with a sanding stick in a few places.  Several of the pieces I didn't need to clean up at all.  I've been very impressed with this printer so far.  It has taken some trial and error to learn what settings to use in certain situations, but now that I've got that mostly dialed in I can get some very good results.  I still have much to learn, but I wanted to try something out to see what was possible given my current (novice) skill level at 3D printing.

-Kizzy

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Posted by BarrettDuke on Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:17 PM

That's really great. Did you have to do a lot of sanding to eliminate the layer edges? Ooops, saw the answer in a later post. That could really be a game changer for creating customized pieces!

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Posted by Kizzy on Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:45 PM

At the resolution and speed I printed the parts, there was only a minimal amount of print lines (or Z banding) visible.  Though I could have smoothed them a little, for this model I decided I didn't really mind being able to see the "logic" in the way the parts were printed.  Next time I might try to apply a bit more of the clean up and OCD perfectionism I typically do with styrene kits. Smile

Depending on the scale, I think that 3D printers are just beginning to get good enough (and cheap enough) to be used for our hobby.  They are still a little lacking when it comes to doing very fine detail, or very small scale miniatures, but just like any of the myriad tools we use, they certainly can have their place and usefulness.  I can definitely see a use for scratchbuilding, modding, or even replacing broken or missing parts.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:27 PM

I like it. Nice job! 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 13, 2018 1:41 PM

I ordered a print of my starship from Star Trek Online. The ones they showed on the website and YouTube video looked really good. Hope mine comes out as well.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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