No R&D time. I downloaded the model from Thingiverse (Star Trek - The Original Series Klingon D7 Battlecruiser by nd4spd1919 - Thingiverse).LOL!!!!!!!!!!!love it and uh...let's see you created that in 120 hours with $ 24 dollars worth of plastic...just in time for the 50th !!!
surely the R&D must have taken you the better part of a year right.....This and other reasons is why R2 missed the boat entirely
It won't be long before we're all printing our own models, sharing files and uh...putting some people out of business....
It's about staying relevant and one step ahead of the game these days....
Job well done !
It came out fairly smooth at 100 microns and I plan to use XTC-3D to smooth it out further. Using that on the surface greatly reduces the need to sand the PLA which, I agree, is very tough to reduce. I'll post more pictures after I have the surfaced prepped and primed.Did you use 100 microns (0.1mm)as your resolution? I was thinking of doing something like this, but all of my test prints do not allow for fine detail, even at 50 microns (0.05mm). I have been using PLA (polylactic acid) filament to get used to the process. It is a surprising tough material. Any ideas as to the best sand grit to start with to smooth the surface?
I know ABS can be smoothed with acetone, but it also makes any finer details lose their edge.
This model wasn't built to be printed, much less lighted so it is pretty solid. I thought long and hard about drilling holes and taking advantage of the few cavities that did exist in it to light it but, in the end, decided against it. As I said at the beginning, this was mainly a 3D printing experiment to see if I could make a decent 1:350 model.Is this lightable? (and yes, I know the original prop wasn't . . . )
Great creation, by the way ! :thumbsup:
The files I ended up printing from are, in some cases, not very good. Some wouldn't print from Simplify3D correctly because they weren't truly manifold. Makerware for the Replicator 2, however, does its own unions of objects and it printed the parts Simplify3D wouldn't. I had to putty up some holes and stuff in a few of them. Someone else may be able to take the model from Thingiverse and do a better job on parting it out than I did.great model will you be releasing the files for other 3d modelers so they can print one.