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3D Printer for Very Detailed Work ?

Discussion in '3D Printing' started by Dicehunter, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Dicehunter

    Capodecina

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    So I just moved and want to start putting up some game memorabilia i.e 3D prints of guns from games like Gears of War, Destiny, Busts of game characters etc... but have been thinking of getting a 3D printer to print them out, Clean them up and then put my years of Warhammer 40K painting to extra use.

    Anyone got any suggestions that doesn't wander into the realms of needing to sell a kidney ? :p
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
  2. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Suffolk

    Well a budget would help, I could suggest a few from £200 - £2000.
     
  3. Haze

    Mobster

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    A good and very active 3d printing Facebook group, worth being on
     
  4. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    Is that a question?
     
  5. Haze

    Mobster

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    Did anyone ask you? . ......
     
  6. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    I'm sorry?

    I just didn't understand your post, There wasn't a link to a FB group so I didn't know if you were asking for recommendations.

    No need to be rude about it.
     
  7. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    To answer your question OP and so I don't get told off, lol. Here's some printers to look at.

    With a few mods these are great printers:

    CREALITY CR10/S, CREALITY ENDER 3, ANYCUBIC i3 MEGA

    Without any mods, great from the start:

    Prusa MK3S

    But quality prints come from quality filament & slicer profiles and tweaking. Also where do plan getting your models from?

    Anyway hope that helps.

    James
     
  8. MrWhippy

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    How much detail do you need?

    Is it worth thinking about resin (Anycubic Photon etc)?
     
  9. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Suffolk

    Good shout on the SLA/DLP printer, I didn't suggest any due to being slightly more expensive overall and the print volume. But yeah can't beat them for high detail.

    J.
     
  10. montymint

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    Location: Newcastle, UK

    I agree that resin would be the way to go if you require fine detail (such as a miniature).

    However a decent FDM printer will do you for props, bust etc. I would suggest staying away from the cheapest prusa clones.

    An Ender 3 is probably enough to wet the appetite and get used to printing.

    The official prusa, though more expensive will be a great workhorse.

    I personally have a Creality CR-10s Pro (around the 500 mark) and it's printing like a champ. I'm currently printing a 1:1 scale Mjölnir
     
  11. amigafan2003

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    As you say detailed, that immediately discounts any fdm printer (cr10, ender, tornado etc) and puts you looking at resin printers. If you want to do only small figures and keep the price down, you couldn't go wrong with an Elegoo Mars (original or pro). The Elegoo store on amazon has the original version for £220. You can even get water washable resin now if you don't want to deal with the fumes of normal resin or the fumes from washing in ipa.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2020