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Ensign Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 10:08 a.m. PST



Its £1,150.00 GBP, when it gets to 750 :)

Now where do I find a draughtsman that specialises in 3d modelling….oh….I am one

Carpet General11 Jan 2012 10:11 a.m. PST

Beat me to the punch, I may need to brush up on my Blender skills.


Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2012 10:48 a.m. PST

Wow. Me want.

Los45611 Jan 2012 11:16 a.m. PST

When it gets to under thousand USD I will have to start making saving throws….

Warmaster Horus Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 11:26 a.m. PST

Mmmmm…and they want to get it down to under $500 USD within he next few years

CHANTYAM Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 11:34 a.m. PST

"For the moment Makerbot notes that its Replicator is advanced enough to build most of the components necessary to reproduce itself".-lends a whole new meaning to "re-caster".
But I whant one, the ideas that now go through your head at the prospect of building your own range of terrain perhaps your own line of figures (yes me in 28mm with a range of weapons)

Monkey Hanger Fezian11 Jan 2012 11:34 a.m. PST

I want never gets!!! – Now I NEED is a different matter!!!

richarDISNEY Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 12:55 p.m. PST

But how is the fine details?

ancientsgamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2012 1:00 p.m. PST

There is a kit that was being sold through for less money. It is not an extruder but a 3d printer: link

The kit is still available by the way….

Dynaman878911 Jan 2012 1:09 p.m. PST

> "For the moment Makerbot notes that its Replicator is advanced enough to build most of the components necessary to reproduce itself".

By weight or by importance??? Sure, making all the plastic bits that make up the case is dandy, but not really important to the function of the device.

Reall question is what the cost per item produced would be. How much is the material to make a 15mm mini for example.

Cherno11 Jan 2012 1:17 p.m. PST

If a $50 USD roll of plastic ribbon is enough for a toy the size of a castle playset (so probably about 1x1 feet or slightly less), one 15mm figure would probably cost less than 50 cents. However, seeing as the machine is not advanced enough to produce the required level of detail a 15mm figure requires, and that they plan on introducing cartridges instead of the ribbon in the future, I'd say it's a mood point to speculate about costs.

DonLeg Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 2:23 p.m. PST

The actual link to the site and specs on the machine..Me want also

Dawkins Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 3:04 p.m. PST

My plan is too find a rich sugar mama


Goose666 Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 3:13 p.m. PST

Nifty.. will definitely be interesting to see how quickly, these start impacting on manufacturers, I mean in general. Why buy say plastic brackets for pipe holding from DIY stores, when you can print your own in the future?
plastic storage boxes for small things.. print your own.. or so the theory goes..

Time will tell. It will certainly be interesting to see where it goes..

GeoffQRF Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 3:35 p.m. PST

I suppose the real question is whether people would accept this sort of finish


Dynaman878911 Jan 2012 3:56 p.m. PST

How big is that (looks large). Also looks like Speed Buggy.

Ensign Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 4:16 p.m. PST

The tyes look fine but i suspect that they are not done by the printer.

But it looks like the polygons are from the design, not the actual printer, if they have used sketchup then it all depends on how much work you want to put into it to get the smooth curves on the mesh.

Put it this way, the buildings I work on may or may not appear on the wargames table :)

Rod Langway Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

May actually look at grabbing one this year if the price gets down to around $1,200 USD, big question would be whether I could make 15mm, or 28mm vehicle & building master molds, then use them for low-rate resin production.

The price could well be worth it in the long run, and I would never again have to pester a manufacturer about producing odd modern or SF vehicles I may want (15mm 152mm DANA or SS-27 TOPOL-M anyone?). Definitely something I would invest in as long as I can get quality, detailed designs replicated.

000 Triple Aught Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 9:01 p.m. PST

Touched on this product in another thread, but I wouldn't mind the production color because I'd paint the thing to my own standards anyway (no need for two-color). Maybe the detail isn't there now for these Gen 1 (consumer) machines, but just imagine the upcoming ones…

Derek H Inactive Member11 Jan 2012 11:28 p.m. PST

Twenty years ago the text from consumer printers looked something like this


3D printers are probably at a similar stage of their development.

Cherno12 Jan 2012 3:58 a.m. PST

Yes, the best quality and material at Shapeways makes it possible to get a decent amount of detail and resolution for small (10mm) vehicle models. It's still not good enough for 28mm humanoids, though. What some companies are doing however is to 3D-print a model, finish it with various modelling and jeweller's tools so that the stepping effect is gone, and then make a masater out of it. It's still more expensive than hiring a sculptor, but being able to design miniatures at the PC open up new possibilities.

Goose666 Inactive Member12 Jan 2012 4:14 a.m. PST

Probably another 3 to 4 years down the line you will see the finishing improve.

But remember, the above is not a 3D printer. It is a 3D extruder! Already D3 printers can produce pure better finnishes than on that toy. But they are far too large for general home use. Never mind, being much more pricy.

I can definitely see 3d printers, chaning the miniatures world in the future. As they get cheaper, faster and more efficient, I suspect we will see some makers, literally wheeling them to shows, and printing your order on demand..

But that is probably a decade or more away. I will still prefer metal mind ;)

Ensign Inactive Member12 Jan 2012 4:52 a.m. PST

Well my dad is into live steam locos, and producing blanks for casting would be quite a good use, so I may be able to go halves…

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