3D-printing tanks...

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Rich H
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Re: 3D-printing tanks...

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Problem with scaling up is the lack of details when scaled up and exaggerated details in other cases. They are excellent in their native resolution and slightly bigger but 1/56 is too far IMHO in most cases.

I'd suggest having a go at learning to draw in 3D - I use Fusion 360 - it's free for hobby use and very very good.

f you are on the facebook then check out 'Fylde Armouries' that's me ;)
I started from scratch around a year ago with 3d CAD and printing and I'm now making masters for Empress and Rubicon :D

I have made traditional masters (Plasticard/wood/etc) in the past though ;)

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I haven't scaled them up to 1/56, but I am currently printing a set at 1/285... I will show you how they turn out as soon as I have them out of the printer and cleaned.

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Fresh and shiny out of the printer...

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Printed at a resolution of 0.025mm...

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The comparison between the 1/100 and the 1/285 Sherman...

I am pretty happy with the results of this testprint (a batch of eight M4A3 Shermans), but I concluded I could do with lighter supports.

A lot more info and pics on my blog...

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Crank up the angle so the front plate is at around 23 degrees. Will reduce those lines on the little one ;)

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Rich H wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:00 pm
Crank up the angle so the front plate is at around 23 degrees. Will reduce those lines on the little one ;)
Thanks for the tip :D

Yes, the set-up needs some tweaking. I might lower the resolution to 0.01mm. I also over-supported the little ones and cleaning up damaged some of the finer details.

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0.02 is probably a sensible limit, 0.01 is asking a lot.

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Rich H wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:20 am
0.02 is probably a sensible limit, 0.01 is asking a lot.
You are probably right, but I am curious to what level I can push my printer...

Due to the current Corona crisis I am forced to work from home. As a teacher, working from home can be quite challenging (no real problems, mind, as we are all quite healthy). But this has the benefit that I can tend to my printer on a more regular interval...

The last week my printer has been running almost non-stop. At an average of about nine hours per print for two vehicles this quickly adds up...

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This was the result about halfway through the week... Apart from vehicles for What a Tanker! I will also be using these for I Ain't Been Shot Mum and/or Flames of War.

Since then I have added several more vehicles, like Archer tank hunters, Daimler armoured cars and Daimler Dingo's and a couple of Ram Kangaroos...

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I absolutely love these!

For starters I have set my eyes on fielding a Canadian Company, consisting of printed vehicles and tanks and PSC infantry...

A lot more info and pictures on my blog...

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Those look great. Did I miss it up thread, or did you not mention what type of printer you have?
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DougM wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:05 pm
Those look great. Did I miss it up thread, or did you not mention what type of printer you have?
I have an Elegoo MARS. I am really impressed with this printer.

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Thankyou for that. It looks like a good price (£229 on Amazon uK) - my only question is I wonder if I would be better looking for one with a slightly larger print area.
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