Sometimes, it just does not work out…

I’ve experimented with a variety of 3D prints for terrain.  Generally the results have been sucessful with the various smaller files that I’ve printed at the local library.  A few months ago, I backed Real 3D Fantasy Printable Scenery on Kickstarter.  For a reasonable price, I received files for four small medieval style buildings.  The test files printed without issue, but I the full scale buildings just don’t measure up.  The building comes in 5 pieces: roof, 1st floor, 2nd floor and 2 support pillars.  The print grain is rough, and the large flat sections warped during printing creating large gaps between the sections (and a funny looking pillar on the left).  A second, smaller building failed to print at all.  And worst of all, I paid more than $30 for the printing.  At that price, I can get a sharp looking MDF building from any number of companies.

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  1. #1 by imperialrebelork on August 20, 2016 - 8:24 pm

    Maybe with a bit of thought and creativity you could still make good use of the terrain.

  2. #2 by base10studios on August 20, 2016 - 11:51 pm

    Does the type of printer matter? say like you used some top of line super 3d printer, just curious if the design is limited to a certain level of printing..;

  3. #3 by chicagoterrainfactory on August 21, 2016 - 8:18 am

    Imperial- yes, with some putty and a base, I could salvage the building. The dissapointment is that I thougth I was getting a ready to use product.
    Base10 – warping flat objects is a known issue with the printing process. Better printers include a heated base to prevent large objects from pulling away during printing.

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