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nikfaulkner
09-28-2012, 05:14 AM
this just arrived...

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i'm totally shocked by how good she came out, it breaks my head a bit that i'm now holding
something i modeled in lightwave :)

here's the original render of her

https://vimeo.com/38631515

BigHache
09-28-2012, 06:12 AM
This looks great! Yeah it's kind of fun, isn't it?

Afalk
09-28-2012, 07:10 AM
That is so wonderful! Who/what did you use for the printing ?? Looks absolutely awesome

nikfaulkner
09-28-2012, 07:16 AM
thanks, i'm gonna have a go at painting her soon ( a bit nervous)

i got it done here, cost about 35 (around $50) could of got the price down if i'd made her hollow but was a bit lazy

http://www.shapeways.com/

home diy printers are still not quite there quality wise, at least not the bottom end prices

Greenlaw
09-28-2012, 09:43 AM
That's beautiful! Great job nikfaulkner, and thanks for sharing.


home diy printers are still not quite there quality wise, at least not the bottom end prices

Yeah, I agree. For now, it's an expensive hobby with limited practical applications. The Form 1 (http://formlabs.com) looks promising though. Different approach from Makerbot and other filament extrusion printers, and Form 1 is much higher res. Kickstarter for it is now $2699 for March 2013 delivery. Very tempting.

I'm building a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic here. Got it mostly assembled but stopped short of calibrating the electronics because I'm not 100% confident how to do this yet. I suspect the multimeter I'm using is crap so I asked a friend at work who is smarter than I am to help me with this when we have time. (It might be awhile still--my wife and I are focused on finishing our next Brudders short film first.) So far my feelings about the Makerbot DIY kit is that it's a great hobby project for the price (mine cost about $1100,) definitely a fun and educational experience, but the filament extrusion tech is probably going to seem dated in just a few years.

G.

nikfaulkner
09-28-2012, 10:03 AM
sounds like a bit of an epic project greenlaw, i look forward to seeing your results.

i briefly considered buying a solidoodle but wasn't really confident it could produce anything of worth.
i'll probably hold on a while until the industry matures a bit

Greenlaw
09-28-2012, 10:14 AM
sounds like a bit of an epic project greenlaw, i look forward to seeing your results.

Yes, a mini-epic of nerdy proportions. I have a few blog entries with photos at Little Green Blog (http://littlegreendog.blogspot.com/). The Makerbot entries start Aug 3, 2012. :)

G.

kopperdrake
09-28-2012, 10:15 AM
Nice model :) Good luck painting her :D

Philbert
09-28-2012, 10:39 AM
That's a great print and fun character too! I modeled and printed a thing to keep my earbud wire from getting tangled. It works great and I use it every day, but it's more utilitarian (http://imageshack.us/a/img851/230/ebwrap.jpg).

IgnusFast
09-28-2012, 09:34 PM
I ordered several of my own models - a few were kicked back (mostly for thin walls), but the rest went through. One is a 6" color model printed in full color sandstone; the rest are the detailed white plastic. I'll post pictures when they come in...

Philbert
09-28-2012, 10:06 PM
That is another down side to a service like Shapeways, the fact that it takes a long time to get your print shipped.

IgnusFast
10-02-2012, 03:19 PM
Here's my minion model, freshly printed and tiny. :)

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IgnusFast
10-02-2012, 03:22 PM
I did a color version that's about 15cm tall; hopefully that one works (should go to the printer any day now...)

Greenlaw
10-02-2012, 06:07 PM
That's great! Looking forward to seeing the color one.

G.

BigHache
10-02-2012, 09:20 PM
Very cool!

IgnusFast
10-07-2012, 02:33 PM
Here's the second one - a 15cm tall version in plain sandstone. Still waiting on the 15cm color posed one...

I didn't pay any attention to center of gravity or anything, so he won't stand on his own. Hopefully I did a better job on the posed one, since he includes a stand, just like the 5cm one does. But MAN that head is big and heavy, even half hollow...

davo.lwo
10-08-2012, 02:59 AM
Great work !
How do you export them to print ?

Simon-S
10-08-2012, 03:10 AM
this just arrived...

108151

i'm totally shocked by how good she came out, it breaks my head a bit that i'm now holding
something i modeled in lightwave :)

here's the original render of her

https://vimeo.com/38631515

Looks great! I've been wanting to do this for a while and have toyed with using shapeways. How tall is the final model?

nikfaulkner
10-08-2012, 04:50 AM
She's about 13cm tall. Stands up perfectly as well.... Thankfully

Afalk
10-08-2012, 07:45 AM
Love those minions, and am anxious to see the color version ! :)

Afalk
10-08-2012, 07:46 AM
Love those minions, and am anxious to see the color version ! :)

IgnusFast
10-08-2012, 04:04 PM
I used a program called Accutrans to check and make sure the model was watertight (Wow, but I wish stuff like this was built in to Lightwave!). Then I exported as a .wrl for the color version, and .dae for the monochrome version.

Shapeways actually has pretty good directions on their site, including recommending Accutrans.

Philbert
10-08-2012, 04:50 PM
If you have LWCad you could also use the Close Holes tool.

erikals
10-08-2012, 05:02 PM
what about select "open edges" in LW, wouldn't that work ?

or puttygon (save first, it likes to crash)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99Lu_h0DfdU

nikfaulkner
10-08-2012, 11:57 PM
i didn't bother with anything fancy, just a collada export from modeler. i wanted to see how fussy there software was with out too much fuss this in.

worked a treat