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Offline beefcake

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2020, 10:08:52 PM »
Makes sense.
You should give kickstarter a go. I started with a basic wizard's tower I made for Sellswords and Spellslingers and moved on from there. As a hobby business I'm adding an extra 2/3 of my salary income just from tinkering around at nights and weekends with something I would likely be doing anyway (to a lesser degree though)


Offline Lascaris

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2020, 04:13:22 PM »
Couple questions for you if you'd be so kind.

Can the printer sit on a desk in my office or does it need a room with outside ventilation?

Roughly what's the filament cost to print a "normal" 18 x 18 x 18cm building?

Thanks much as I'm seriously considering buying a printer.

Offline beefcake

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2020, 11:01:18 PM »
Couple questions for you if you'd be so kind.

Can the printer sit on a desk in my office or does it need a room with outside ventilation?

Roughly what's the filament cost to print a "normal" 18 x 18 x 18cm building?

Thanks much as I'm seriously considering buying a printer.
You shouldn't need ventilation if you are printing PLA. ABS would possibly need ventilation but just go PLA plastic. I buy filamnet for about $NZ30 a kg. The 18x18x18 building is a bit tricky as there are a huge amount of factors involved in that in regards to wall thickness interior walls, etc, but I would say maybe around 300g to 600g? The image below is about 600g but the dimensions are about 210x210x120 that is without supports (this one is modular so would usually be printed in sections).
« Last Edit: June 27, 2020, 11:05:55 PM by beefcake »

Offline Hami

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2020, 10:07:39 PM »
I have my printer on a table in a room, ventilation is not key if using PLA (which I use). If you have a draft caused by ventilation it could cause the corners to lift (as i have found out).

As Beefcake said there is a lot of different things that effect how much filament is used, supports, wall thickness, detailing etc and what layer size and infill % you use.

once you get the hang of it all it becomes fairly easy to use.

As for costing of PLA thats depends on what type etc you use. You are able to buy cheap PLA but sometimes it doesn't print well and may causes clogs etc.

Offline Hami

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2020, 10:21:35 PM »
After speaking to my Dad over the phone and WhatsApp video, he was telling me about how is King Arthur Game was coming along nicely and that he found an old Airfix Roman fort. Sadly this old fort had seen some better days, some parts where missing and more importantly it was the wrong scale for his game.

So I thought I would help him out, after sitting down and reading about the Roman Mile Forts online and in books I come up with the plan of a small(ish) fort with two gates, one being a tower entrance and other just a normal gated entrance.

I designed a few different stone work for the fort and my old man picked the one that he liked and thought would look best for his games (and more useable in different periods or something knowing him).

anyway here is what my Dad received this weekend as something to keep him going over this lockdown period.



Looking down the wall to the tower


Inside the Gate Tower


Barracks building (he got two of these as you can see in the first photo)


Staircase for accessing the walls


The gate tower


The rear gate


The gates are printed separately so they can be open or closed depending on what is happening in the fort.

for more regular updates on what I am doing please follow my Adventure on Instagram @ah_3dhobby
« Last Edit: June 29, 2020, 05:52:40 AM by Hami »

Offline Poiter50

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2020, 12:22:36 AM »
Hami, that is superb, well done. You really have got the hang of both design and printing.
Cheers,
Poiter50

Offline dadlamassu

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2020, 09:51:32 AM »
It is a brilliant model.  As soon as I can get it sprayed with undercoat and finished I'll put some pictures on here.

An excellent addition to my ever growing collection of buildings.
'He could have lived a risk-free, moneyed life, but he preferred to whittle away his fortune on warfare.'
-- Xenophon, The Anabasis

Offline Braz

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2020, 12:43:39 PM »
Your dad is lucky. That is really nice.

Offline tomrommel1

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2020, 12:51:32 PM »
nice designs and prints indeed
In hoc signo vinces

Have a look at www.wargamesgazette.com

Offline Hami

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2020, 08:48:55 PM »
Thank you for the kind words and feedback.

Your dad is lucky. That is really nice.

 lol You think that until you see the list of things he now has too paint lol

Offline Spinal Tap

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2020, 06:28:13 AM »
Came here on the back of your dad's Zona Alfa thread - your work is awesome and looks even better once painted up and out on the table.

It's like witchcraft for an old technophobe like me :D

Offline Hami

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2021, 01:17:42 PM »
So during COVID lockdowns I have not been near my printer sadly, however this has changed due to work recalling me.

I was asked to design and print a Train Station for someone, this is the project in the design phase and since these photos where taken I have done some work to the roof sections and added on some ramps at either end.

Stay tuned for photos of the project printed in 20mm (the scale that the guy was after).





Ruined Version




Offline Marine0846

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2021, 04:38:00 AM »
Love the mile fort.
Very well done.
Semper Fi, Mac

Offline Hami

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2021, 07:02:52 AM »
Love the mile fort.
Very well done.

Thank you, I have also designed and printed a latrine for the Roman troops to use while stationed in the fort.






Offline Poiter50

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Re: My 3D Printing Adventure
« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2021, 07:08:45 AM »
That's marvellous, will it be available and from where?