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Offline Pjlons83

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Site “lock-up”
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:07:55 AM »
I suppose technically it’s just a shipping container but it thought I’d draw and print one for my roadwork scene.



I’m at the point where I’m discovering the limits of the printer. I’m going to try again with a shallower profile around the outside as it looks a bit deep for me. I’m struggling to translate in my mind what it will look like printed when I can see it on the drawing programme (I hope that makes sense). I think the smaller the detail, the more nervous I get so I drawer it bigger..... then when it comes out I think “oh; I should have drawn it smaller!”  :-[

Now I’ve got the printer behaving I can start pushing it to the limit in detailing.

Is this a process that everyone goes through or am I just being too cautious?
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 11:57:57 AM »
I think you are being over cautious. I have a WANHAO Duplicator i3 Plus MKII printer and using jut the normal 0.4mm nozzle can achieve some excellent detail as you can see from the photo below of the 2 Centaur IV tanks which are approximately 30mm in length.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 12:01:23 PM »
I go the other way - I spend hours drawing some tiny details that are 0.2mm across, then print them and realise I’ve totally wasted my time!

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 12:32:27 PM »
Thanks Delboy. They look great!

I spend hours drawing some tiny details...... and realise I’ve totally wasted my time!

I think this is my fear. I think I have to just try in steps and see what I can get away with. All part of the learning process I guess. In my head 0.4mm should be the smallest width possible with 0.4mm extruded but I don’t know if it’s that simple
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2020, 12:47:44 PM »
As in any skilled task experience counts for everything.  For instance I avoid rivets on locomotives post 1920's as the rivets were smaller and neater.  Also a rivet on top of a model will print differently than a rivet on the side of the same model, even if all I have done is rotate the CAD for the rivet.

What I do is try and note the result and then retry changing the design and make notes for future reference.


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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 09:50:53 AM »

Is this a process that everyone goes through or am I just being too cautious?

Yes, see my article on Rectangular Tanks and rivets.



It's especially difficult to foresee the final effect, with primer, paint, decals and varnish applied.

In teaching myself 3D printing I've tried to be guided by the weight of details on old die-cast models.

Your container will look much better with all of those decorative layers on!

Mike
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 11:46:24 AM »

It's especially difficult to foresee the final effect, with primer, paint, decals and varnish applied......

Your container will look much better with all of those decorative layers on!

Thanks Mike,

Yes, I can see how the finishing could drastically change it. For now though I'll try and refine the raw printed object and then take a couple further into detailing. I'll take a look through your thread, thanks for the link.

Whilst I'm in the drawing process I'm considering an open door version which would completely change the way I draw it as it would need to be completely shelled out... it's all a learning curve!
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 12:30:51 PM »
I printed my tank wagons with separate ends so weight could be inserted.



That also protects the fragile ladders I recently added!.

Mike
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 04:56:18 PM by maridunian »
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