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Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

Surely, this can't be the most efficient way to make a river.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Mar 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

Inefficient in which way – time, resources, money?

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 7:03 p.m. PST

It just seems to me that printing effectively planar pieces is not a good use of the features of 3D printing. It's like making a box by hogging out a chunk of steel instead of stamping it out of a steel sheet.

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 8:45 p.m. PST

An interesting test, nonetheless.

I'm surprised there doesn't seem to be a printer extruder option yet (at least that I am aware of, in order to produce much larger/longer pieces by gradually pushing the completed sections out of the end of the printer and onto a smooth surface.

One day, perhaps, if not now, and I'd like to reserve my rights for royalties on the idea from all.

Personal logo Griveton Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

What flock do you use? I really like it. Can you link me the source?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Mar 2017 5:25 p.m. PST

Scenic Express – Flock & Turf – Scrub Grass Blend

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

Looks like a good go at a first attempt!

I'm wondering how much a 3D printer and the material for using it to create things is, as well as how easy or difficult it might be to use some of the patterns that are being produced to create terrain through a 3D printer.

Your Kidding19 Mar 2017 7:40 p.m. PST

Well. It's a good first start on terrain. Any plans on buildings?

CeruLucifus24 Mar 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

The straight banks are a non-starter. Result looks like a canal not a river. So clearly in version 1.1 you have to add some wavy edges.

Along the lines of what Rich Bliss said, flat strip stock is so commonly available there's no benefit to 3D printing it. So for version 2, I would think the way to go is devise two banks with suitable natural looking edges (or even just one that is reversible). Then you print only the banks. Fix them along the edges of whatever width strip material you choose.

mrinku24 Mar 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

I realise you get a ripple effect from the printing process itself, but seems to me it should be possible to improve on that and have a bit of turbulence on the water section. With careful choices, it should be possible to make each end mate up with the other as far as that goes, to keep the sections isomorphic.

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