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« Reply #90 on: 27 April 2019, 07:48:59 AM »

Hello Phil
There are places that have free shields available but you'd have to play with them to get the thicknesses right and while some look ok in render the actual 3d model is horrible.
https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-model/free/shield
https://free3d.com/3d-models/shield
https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=shield&dwh=915cc383670864c
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Thanks, Vic !

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #91 on: 28 April 2019, 10:06:43 PM »

You want Dragon's Teeth you say? How many? Lots? How about 28 sets? It'll take about 7 hours...



Note: this is a posed pic, I meant to take it to show the capacity of the build plate, but then started scraping them off the plate before I realised. So... I posed them all back in place...
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« Reply #92 on: 29 April 2019, 07:25:15 PM »

You can print Cruel Seas boats on an FDM printer, so long as you're prepared to accept a bit of simplification...

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« Reply #93 on: 29 April 2019, 07:40:58 PM »

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« Reply #94 on: 29 April 2019, 07:49:40 PM »

Quite nice!
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« Reply #95 on: 04 May 2019, 12:59:27 AM »

I've been experimenting with PETG, a different type of filament. It's the stuff drinks bottles & the like are made of, more resilient than PLA (actually they're PET, and moulded, not printed with filament, of course). PETG is kind of the home printing version of PET, and includes manufacturers' extra ingredients to make it easier to use - but also makes it inconsistent. It needs a higher temperature to print, and, well, I'm not impressed. Very stringy so far. Undoubtedly strong prints, mind you, so useful for things like containers, boardgame items, etc - stuff that takes a lot of handling.

...however...

IN checking out some details about 3d printing materials, I have discovered that, despite my belief, I have NOT been printing with PLA, but with a mix of PLA and PLA+... PLA+ is an improved formula, although, like PETG, it's not a consistent formula between manufacturers. It turns out my preferred filament, the SUNLU Silver Grey stuff, is actually PLA+... I didn't even notice until now! It's still not as tough or flexible as PETG, but it's easier to use and way less stringy...

Well, apparently the eSUN PLA+ is even better, so I ordered some of that.
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« Reply #96 on: 04 May 2019, 10:18:57 AM »

Just before I shoot off to the daughter's wedding, a huge thanks to Wulf. He is a scholar and a gentleman 👍👍👍👍
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« Reply #97 on: 04 May 2019, 10:56:17 AM »

Just before I shoot off to the daughter's wedding, a huge thanks to Wulf. He is a scholar and a gentleman 👍👍👍👍
I do impressions.  Cool

Best wishes to the couple & family.  Kiss
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« Reply #98 on: 04 May 2019, 09:15:30 PM »

I hope the wedding goes well
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« Reply #99 on: 04 May 2019, 10:01:09 PM »

Likewise (i.e., hope it went well - including your 'father of the bride' speech  Smiley ).  My turn tomorrow (Sunday) ....... my  daughter's wedding also!
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« Reply #100 on: 05 May 2019, 06:29:25 AM »

Best of luck as well Westmarcher, remember be on your best behaviour Wink
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« Reply #101 on: 05 May 2019, 08:40:40 AM »

Best wishes to all.  Thumbs up

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #102 on: 05 May 2019, 10:42:33 AM »

Good luck to all!

And thanks again Wulf for a really interesting thread.
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« Reply #103 on: 12 May 2019, 11:09:41 AM »

Still printing, no interesting developments until now. I was asked to print a Taj Mahal for a work colleague, so here it is, but for myself I tried some character miniatures, Dungeons & Dragons style. They're meant to be printed about 32mm tall, but I rescaled them down to 25mm...


With tree support from the baseplate, the figures worked out well. I've changed to this yellow eSUN PLA+, which feels a bit... soapy? compared to the SUNLU grey stuff, but does seem to be excellent for print quality & strength.
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« Reply #104 on: 12 May 2019, 06:43:43 PM »

How small can you actually print a recognisable tank? How about 1:600 scale?
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