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  1. Just an update. I am finishing up on a sample part that I am going to have printed. Once I have the part in hand, I will post some pictures The part will be the back end of an SC-27 stargoose model that i am doing in 1/100 scale. Here is a pic of the model in 3d.
  2. Just an update, added some details and started in the wings and rear stabilizers
  3. I have requested various samples from other manufacturers. They have not sent any even though they were requested. This company was the only one to send samples. I was able to go to a local school and see the dimension printer in action. the plastic seemed robust enough, but it printed in layers that were .010" thick and used small jets to apply the plastic. The unit that i am looking at, the V-flash utilizes a thin film of liquid plastic that is cured under UV lamps. This enables this unit to print faster and in more detail since the unit prints in layers that are .004" think. Not to mention that the V-flash is also about $4000 less than the dimension. There are other units out there that go for even less, but the resolution and layer thickness was the same or greater than the dimension. they also had an extremely small print area. The print tray on the V-flash is 9" x 6 3/4" x 8" (228 x 171 x 203 mm). That's not too shabby for the price. models that are larger than this can be broken up into sections and then printed. I have looked into units with larger print area's but they are in the $30000 plus price range. I think that the V-flash will give the most bang for the buck.
  4. I was looking into getting a 3d scanner as part of this endeavor. There is someone on ebay who makes 3d scanners that are relatively inexpensive. If and when i get this project off the ground I'm sure something could be arranged.
  5. Sorry for the delay, i had to go out of town, but here are photos of the drill test and the glue. I used a standard modelling glue and it is holding very well. The drill holes look pretty clean. Another idea I had would be to use the printer to make molds and that would further reduce costs. Some of my other ideas would be to maybe do 1/1 representations of equipment. I always liked the Gallant H90 from Mospeada so why not make one?
  6. If anyone is getting these on Ebay, be careful who you buy from I bought a couple and never saw them. I got my money back but it was frustrating.
  7. Hello all. I wasn't sure where to put this one since it is kinda related to my 3D printer thread. One of the first subjects i was thinking of "printing out" was a VC-33 mom's kitchen. Kinda been one of my favorites. Well here is the start of the mesh. any comments would be appreciated. please keep in mind that this is just a start.
  8. Here are the pictures of the paint and sanding tests. the paint actually helps fill in the steps from the printing and smoothed the model out. So it appears that the plastic from a 3d printer can be painted and sanded quite easily. I will be doing the adhesive test and the drill test later today. i will post the photos by tomorrow.
  9. I have received some samples. These are from the V-Flash. I took these pictures using a camera macro to bring out the detail. I must say that you can't see the steps with the naked eye (at least I can't) All that aside I'm pretty impressed with the results. Each or these steps is .004" thick. I will do a paint test and sanding test to see if this will smooth out some of those steps but the detail is pretty good. these samples were created from the same model, in different scales. Which is pretty much what I want to do. I have been working on a couple models to test. One of the is a VC-33 Mom's kitchen and The SC-27 Stargoose. Someone sent me a rough 3d model of the Stargoose that I am modifying so it is more accurate and detailed. I will post pictures. The Vendor I am dealing with will let me print a test model at cost and I will then post pictures here and get some more opinions.
  10. Good point. They make the decal paper in clear and white. you could use the white background to your advantage, the drawback is cutting out the decal would be tricky.
  11. Have you looked into printing your own? Check this out. http://www.decalpaper.com/product-p/10c.htm You can just print out your own. There are a lot of products like this, just look around. I think this is the least expensive decal paper I have found.
  12. Thanks for the info. actually they are using one of the printers I am considering. I might just get a small model printed to see what it can do.
  13. The models I was looking at are between $9000-$14000. I'm still doing some research, but the 2 machines I'm looking at are the Uprint from Stratasys, and the V-flash from 3d Systems. The reviews from both seem pretty good as far as maintainence, and I actually know a couple schools locally that have the Uprint so I'm gonna get to see that one up close. I would like to hear more about the machines that you are working with though. From a professional standpoint i would love to hear your thoughts on the process as an alternative means to traditional tooling and prototyping methods
  14. Thanks for all your input. There is no doubt that technology is moving forward at a very fast pace. eventualluy you could go to Walmart and buy a 3d printer for 99 bucks. from a lot of the technology shows and such that i watch everyone seems to think that in the future, you would just download the scematic for whatever car, or device you are buying and then print it out on your home 3d printer. Heck they are even talking about printing Human tissue. Before this gets into a technology debate, I just want to make clear that my motives for getting this machine come from 2 places: 1) for my own use for my job. It would be nice to be able to test my designs quickly. without having to tool them. 2) The reason I posted this thread. As I look around this site at all the cool ideas and the scratchbuild that people are doing one of the most common things I keep seeing is "could you make this in (whatever) scale", or "I would love to get my hands on one of those." well i hope my point is made. I agree with Capt. that this should in no way replace scratchbuiling as an artform. I simply saw a way to possibly fufill some of those requests that i see made so often on this site. Most likely I will purchase this machine for my job. If I do so i will maybe do a couple test prints of some basic models and post them just to see the limitations of this device. I'm not in any rush to get this machine right away. I want to make sure it will meet my needs for my job first. I appreciate all of your suggestion and comments.
  15. Okay I have found another possible machine check this out and tell me what you guys think. this one prints with a .004" thickness. http://www.modelin3d.com/specs
  16. okay i found a few sites that have some detailed pics. Think I will still have them send me a sample part though. http://www.huv.com/blog/2009/09/3d-printer.html http://www.iheartrobotics.com/2009/07/cool...ter-update.html
  17. well from what i've seen they can get pretty detailed. perhaps i should have them send me a "test Print" it's a wrench or something like that. I could teke detailed pics and post them. it might give us an idea of what we might be in for.
  18. Chas you have some excellent points and I am looking at small scale non transformable items to start. The unit i'm looking into prints in ABS plastic, so i would think that the end result would be pretty robust. Of course testing it out and seeing how far the technology can go would be the first thing. I know that the newer units can print materials fully assembled with moving parts so the possibilities could be endless. transforming toys would be a bis deal, but for starters, i would like to start out with easy items like support aircraft, ground vehicles, figures, and scenery. i have no doubt that with the creative talents of some of the people on this site it could go much farther. Very encouraging so far everyone thanks for the input!
  19. I like where some of the ideas are going with this. Of course I would not be looking to compete with what is already out there. I like your idea for the pilots etc... maybe even some add on acessories for existing toys/models. originally the idea came from what isn't avaliable. one day i was thinking how cool it would be to have a cat's eye recon plane in a certain scale. or maybe a VC-33 mom's kitchen? ground crew and equipment, let's face it the Valks don't fix themselves. or maybe even some background greebles etc for your display. Of course large scale transformable mecha would be possible, but with so much out there already done, it seems more feesible to start small and work our way up.
  20. I was looking into a dimension Uprint. it prints is UBS plastic so The models would be pretty tough.
  21. Actually JasonC I have looked into a scanner setup and i can get one running for about $500 us. take a look on Ebay and see what I'm talking about. Having worked with technology like this in the field has always made me wonder how cool it would be to use modern prototyping techniques in my personal hobbies. It actually started with a diorama of a hangar that i have been working on in the last year. I used CNC technology to make some of the panels and it looked nice. I will try to get some pics posted si that everyone can see some of the possibilities. CNC is nice, but it is a little wasteful where the 3d printer would not be. Well during the course of making this diorama, I found myself thinking, like I see so many people do in these forums, how cool would it be to have a VC-33 mom's kitchen in 1/100 scale or 1/72 scale? or maybe the Centipede? I think it can happen with some of the new technologies out there.
  22. Hello all! This is my first post. I have been a member for a little over a year and I have done some business with a few members on this site. I love all the ideas that I see and be a design engineer by trade i have an opportunity to get my hands on a 3d printer. Before I do, i would like to use this thread as a sounding board to look into the possibilities that such a device would offer. Personally i would like to use it to make my own detailed models for my various projects. One of the most frequent questions that I see when someone is making a cool Scratchbuild or customizations is people asking if the model can be done in a different scale. Well i think that the 3d printer would be a very cool way to make that happen. Anyone can make up their idea in the form of a 3d model and that model can then be printed out in any scale that the end user wants. For example If i get a model for say ground support equipment, (boom trucks, etc) if the 3d model isn't already out there, we could use the various talents of people on this site to make that model and it would then be printed out to whatever scale is desired. I would not be interested in making a profit from this, however i would only seek to cover the cost of materials, etc. Let me know what you think.
  23. tundrayeti

    1/60 hangar

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