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DrLoFil04 May 2019 8:24 a.m. PST

Finally, there is time for a "fuss" with a 3D printer. I couldn't adjust it to the end (apparently the control board was "almost dead"). FV107 Scimitar print at a scale of 1: 100 (PLA plastic, 100 micron layer, 400 micron nozzle).
I'm not happy with the quality.
But the army on Team Yankee needs to complete …

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Looks serviceable to me.

Perhaps, with the application of more primer than usual, the seam lines can be reduced a bit.

Don't know why the 3-D printer manufacturers don't seem to be working on addressing these issues more.

DrLoFil04 May 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

This is a test after replacing stepper motors. Unfortunately, there is a problem with the managing microcomputer – there is not a standard 32-bit electronics in my printer

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2019 10:54 a.m. PST

Well, even with those problems, from what I can see of the image, it looks serviceable enough for the wargaming table, and is certainly as good as those being shown for commercial sale here on TMP.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2019 11:15 a.m. PST

Looks OK for gaming. Look forward to seeing a picture after it's painted.

UshCha04 May 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

Why would you need it better? At war game ranges it will be fine.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik04 May 2019 4:48 p.m. PST

Looks a lot cleaner than anything by Butler Printed Models. Take that as faint praise if you will.

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2019 6:14 p.m. PST

No home print, if any other, looks as good as a regular cast item. You don't print for top notch quality.

It looks fine for what it is. If you need better, buy a cast item.

Once you paint it, please put up another pic for comparison.

UshCha05 May 2019 12:05 a.m. PST

NOOOOOOOO! avoid metal like the Plauge, horid stuff, never fits, lots of flash, needs priming, chips easily, costs the earth and bends/breaks much easire. ;-). At wargames ranges no negatives to a 3D print.

DrLoFil05 May 2019 12:11 a.m. PST

Thank you, guys! Unfortunately – I know how the printer worked before. I will try to upload photos of finished miniatures as soon as possible.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2019 8:52 p.m. PST

I'd like to see it once you've had a chance to prime it in a nice, mid-gray color, if you have and use that for priming your vehicles.

That's the true test of a 3-D print, since the primer shows the flaws, but if heavily applied, can also be used to smooth them out a bit too.

Munster06 May 2019 1:20 a.m. PST

try 80 or 120 micron layers, most printers operate in 40 micron steps, so with 100 micron each layer is either 80 or 120 at random and this contributes to the layered look

DrLoFil06 May 2019 2:23 a.m. PST

it's not about layering. This is the best imprint of a dozen attempts – the rest either did not end, or have large defects in geometry. printer mechanics are fine – electronics will soon die

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