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|TunnelRat ||28 Feb 2019 8:49 a.m. PST|
3D print vehicles that cost 50% more than the same scale resin model!!
20mm @ £9.50 GBP from BPM but only £6.00 GBP from Britannia – I know where I will be getting mine and it won't be BPM.
| Andrew Walters ||28 Feb 2019 10:06 a.m. PST|
For a model the size of a 20mm truck or larger, the material for a resin cast might be slightly more expensive, but it's a difference of pennies. A printer might take 30 to 60 minute to print that model, but you can make many, many molds and use each one four times an hour.
And of course injection molding is fantastically cheap.
Though some well-informed people disagree, I don't think 3D printing is practical for large production runs yet. It's going to be useful for very small production runs, custom items, and maybe things that are hard to cast. Plus it's fun. But I'm not surprised it's having trouble competing at this scale – any by scale I mean the number of models and the size of the model.
| 28mm Fanatik ||28 Feb 2019 10:28 a.m. PST|
3D printing just isn't cost-effective. We've all seen how much they can go on Shapeways. These are "cheap" by comparison.
|Winston Smith||28 Feb 2019 4:02 p.m. PST|
The "layering" is still there.
The only reason I can see to buy 3D print is if the model isn't available in your scale elsewhere. This company is NOT a good showcase for the process.
Granted, it's not all that visible on the table 4' away. But it is very apparent when I'm painting.
I'm not looking forward to putting decals on my models.
My mini-me from Minutemen had no such layering problem.
|Vigilant||05 Mar 2019 6:36 a.m. PST|
Rubicon have just announced that they are making one (28mm), so I'll wait for that. No layering, cab detail, a variety of version options, figures and decals and all for about the same price based on other Rubicon models.