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Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Adventures in 3D Printing - Introduction

My Adventures in 3D Printing - Intro

Hello everyone my name is Chris I'm a gamer. This blog will be on my adventures in 3d printing items for gaming and the ups and the downs of learning what I can make and what is just not going to work .


I will not be going into detail about different machines and types of printers. There are so many kinds on the market. I will only be talking about the printers I have personal experience with and with that, lets start from the beginning.

My adventure begins a year ago in 2015 at a Makerlab event at our local art gallery. I saw them printing a Pokemon ha ha. My son was very excited watching it print and while he watched it print I took the time to talk to the fellow about 3D printing .

The more I talked to him about 3D printing the more I got excited about trying to print miniatures and terrain. I asked him how Makerlab works and he told me in order to use the 3d printer you need to take a one night class and do a certain amount of supervised hours. So I signed up that week and paid my fee .

I took the class and did my supervised hours. I then started trying to print miniatures and learned fast that the printer I was using  just could not get the detail for a 28mm miniature, but it could make cool items like furniture, vehicles like tanks and trucks and print most items from 6mm and up . So, for the last year I have been printing items to make my gaming table pop with more detail while I was using the Makerlab printer. I was learning so much and each week my prints improved . 

I got to a point 6 months ago that I wanted to print items that took more than 5 hours. So I started looking into buying my own printer, researching and saving cash to buy one. At the beginning I thought I was looking at thousands of dollars but, I was pleasantly surprised to find many options in my price range.

My next blog will be on the printer I use and the ups and down I have had with it and the software. I'm planning on adding pictures and video links of the projects that I do and  info that I think people should know like IP etc,  hiring 3D artists, and my adventures in learning how to do more of my own 3D designs .

Thanks for reading everyone. I hope my blog will entertain you and you will come back for more.

~C

4 comments:

  1. Great idea for a series of articles, C. Can't wait for more on this.

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  2. Printed terrain, not something I'd considered before. Will be following the posts with interest.

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  3. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this.

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  4. Enjoyed the 3D printing chat last week, Chris. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

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