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Christmas Post 2014

Figure I’d stop in and preview a few things, my wolf riders are done but I still need to zero in the mount for the archer. Hopefully the next days print will confirm I got it. These aren’t really difficult but they are time consuming compared to my first series models. The chainmail is badass but has no chance of rendering in non-resin prints. Anyways on the the pictures. I should have these up for sale in a couple days.

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My wife and I decided just to buy our own Xmas presents this year, I decided to pick up a collector grade copy of orc’s of thar.

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I’ve tried to use my resale business to reconstruct a collector grade mystara collection but it has been tough to pull off. I had to bite the bullet on this one and the Northern Reaches. I also took my third run at an Orcs of Thar type Orc head as I construct my blank for High resolution Orc figures.

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On a final note, not related to modeling at all, My daughter  Maybellene Rae was born last weekend, I expect I’ll be doing plenty of modeling this next month to keep my sanity from sleepless nights

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I’m working on a 28mm Outpost fort for a freebie, Hope to have it done for xmas day. A little architecture to keep the CAD skill set honest.  Thanks for stopping in and Happy Holidays!

How to 3d Print Like a Man (HIPS PRINTING)

I doubt HIPS printing reinforces any stereotypes of manhood, but all the same it makes a catchy title under which I can summarize my various calibrations and musings for HIPS printing. The main issue with HIPS is that it only sticks to HIPS, not a big deal with larger items but a road paved with failed prints when you do smaller figurines. Basically what I did is slow things way down so the ABS or HIPS can set up on each other without being dragged off with excessive printing speeds. I doubt I’m stating anything new here but hope the info can serve to confirm other successful set ups.

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Step one: Throw all Kapton tape in the garbage.

I’ve given this stuff a fair trial because everyone acts like its some industry standard solution for print beds. Its not a solution, it’s shit, throw it out unless you like failed prints that could have easily been good ones.

Ingredients

Flash Forge Pro, basically the same as a makerbot 2X. I’m using the latest makerware for slicing

1/8th inch Glass Bed

Treated with ABS Slurry and hairspray, I keep this buffed down with

150 grit sandpaper. No its not impossible to get your prints up, just let the build plate cool off, your prints will probably be loose. Between the raft and glass plate you can also say goodby to warped prints forever.

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Bed Temperature 100 Celsius

I have been rafting with regular ABS and Use the HIPS as support on top of this raft, I have no

reason for not thinking a HIPS raft wouldn’t work fine. Both stick swell to treated glass plate at 100 Celsius. Its great to not have to wait for your bed to reach 110-120.

Filament

Smart ABS and HIPS from MAKERGEEK.COM both with a 230 Celsius melt. Makerbot sets their HIPS to melt at 250, I tend to doubt that is necessary though I’ve never tried makerbot HIPS.

Download and print my Goblin Knight.

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I’ve started rotating my figures so they are calibrated the way resin printers position pieces. I have no idea if this helps, my intuition says it should equal out print strength over the whole of a figure. So far it hasn’t hurt. For the wolf I’ll do a 15-25% fill for the figures I usually go with a 40-70% fill. Make sure you use a dissolvable supports template on makerware or it will only use one extruder, why I don’t know.

“feedDiameter”: 1.75,
“feedstockMultiplier”: 0.86,

These settings are specific to flash forge, use defaults on makerbot.

The Feedrate settings at the bottom are the main thing to observe.

Custom settings:

{
“comment” : [
“This is a profile for printing ABS on the right extruder with dissolvable”,
“support and raft on the left”
],
“version”:”3.0.0″,

“layerHeight”: 0.15,
“layerWidthMaximum”: 0.4,
“layerWidthMinimum”: 0.4,
“layerWidthRatio”: 1.48148,
“bedZOffset”: 0.0,
“startX”: -110.4,
“startY”: -74.0,
“startZ”: 0.2,
“defaultExtruder”: 0,

“rapidMoveFeedRateXY”: 90,
“rapidMoveFeedRateZ”: 23,

“minLayerDuration”: 5.0,
“minSpeedMultiplier”: 0.3,

“doDynamicSpeed”: false,
“dynamicSpeedCurvatureThreshold”: 15,
“dynamicSpeedDetectionWindow”: 3.0,
“dynamicSpeedSlowdownRatio”: 0.5,
“doDynamicSpeedGradually”: true,
“dynamicSpeedTransitionWindow”: 6.0,
“dynamicSpeedTransitionShape”: 0.4,
“doDynamicSpeedOutermostShell” : true,
“doDynamicSpeedInteriorShells” : false,

“doSplitLongMoves”: true,
“splitMinimumDistance”: 0.4,

“extruderTemp0”: 230,
“extruderTemp1”: 230,
“platformTemp”: 100,

“numberOfShells”: 2,
“infillShellSpacingMultiplier”: 0.7,
“insetDistanceMultiplier”: 1.0,

“roofThickness”: 0.8,
“roofLayerCount_disabled”: 4,
“roofAnchorMargin”: 0.4,
“floorThickness”: 0.8,
“floorLayerCount_disabled”: 4,

“coarseness”: 0.0001,

“sparseInfillPattern”: “hexagonal”,
“infillDensity”: 0.2,
“infillOrientationOffset”: 0,
“infillOrientationInterval”: 90,
“infillOrientationRange”: 90,

“gridSpacingMultiplier”: 1.0,
“solidFillOrientationOffset” : -45,
“solidFillOrientationInterval”: 90,
“solidFillOrientationRange”: 90,

“doBacklashCompensation”: false,
“backlashEpsilon”: 0.05,
“backlashFeedback”: 0.9,
“backlashX”: 0.0,
“backlashY”: 0.09,

“doBridging”: true,
“bridgeAnchorMinimumLength”: 0.8,
“bridgeAnchorWidth”: 0.8,
“bridgeMaximumLength”: 80.0,
“bridgeSpacingMultiplier”: 1.0,

“doExternalSpurs”: true,
“doInternalSpurs”: false,
“maxSpurWidth”: 0.5,
“minSpurLength”: 0.34,
“minSpurWidth”: 0.12,
“spurOverlap”: 0.001,

“doRaft”: true,
“defaultRaftMaterial”: 0,
“doMixedRaft”: true,
“raftAligned”: false,
“raftBaseAngle”: 0,
“raftBaseDensity”: 0.7,
“raftBaseLayers”: 1,
“raftBaseRunGapRatio”: 0.8,
“raftBaseRunLength”: 15.0,
“raftBaseThickness”: 0.3,
“raftBaseWidth”: 2.5,
“raftInterfaceAngle”: 45,
“raftInterfaceDensity”: 0.3,
“raftInterfaceLayers”: 1,
“raftInterfaceThickness”: 0.27,
“raftInterfaceWidth”: 0.4,
“raftModelSpacing”: 0,
“raftOutset”: 4,
“raftSurfaceAngle”: 0,
“raftSurfaceLayers”: 2,
“raftSurfaceThickness”: 0.20,

“doPurgeWall”: true,
“purgeWallModelOffset” : 2.0,
“purgeWallSpacing” : 1.0,
“purgeWallWidth” : 0.5,
“purgeWallBasePatternWidth” : 8.0,
“purgeWallBaseFilamentWidth” : 2.0,
“purgeWallBasePatternLength” : 10.0,
“purgeWallPatternWidth” :  2.0,
“purgeBucketSide” :  4.0,
“purgeWallXLength” : 30,

“anchorWidth”: 2.0,
“anchorExtrusionAmount”: 5.0,
“anchorExtrusionSpeed”: 2.0,

“doSupport”: true,
“defaultSupportMaterial”: 1,
“doMixedSupport”: false,
“doSupportUnderBridges”: false,
“supportAligned”: false,
“supportLeakyConnections”: false,
“supportDensity”: 0.35,
“supportExtraDistance”: 1.5,
“supportAngle”: 35.0,
“supportModelSpacing”: 0.15,
“supportExcessive”: false,

“doFanCommand”: false,
“fanLayer”: 1,
“weightedFanCommand”: -1,
“doFanModulation”: false,
“fanModulationWindow”: 0.1,
“fanModulationThreshold”: 0.5,

“doPrintProgress”: true,

“startGcode”: “”,
“endGcode”: “”,

“commentClose”: “”,
“commentOpen”: “;”,

“extruderProfiles”: [
{
“bridgesExtrusionProfile”: “bridges”,
“feedDiameter”: 1.75,
“feedstockMultiplier”: 0.86,
“firstLayerExtrusionProfile”: “firstlayer”,
“firstLayerRaftExtrusionProfile”: “firstlayerraft”,
“infillsExtrusionProfile”: “infill”,
“insetsExtrusionProfile”: “insets”,
“nozzleDiameter”: 0.4,
“outlinesExtrusionProfile”: “outlines”,
“raftBaseExtrusionProfile”: “raftbase”,
“restartExtraDistance”: 0.0,
“retractDistance”: 1.3,
“retractRate”: 25,
“toolchangeRetractDistance” : 19.0,
“toolchangeRetractRate” : 6.0,
“toolchangeRestartDistance” : 18.5,
“toolchangeRestartRate” : 6.0
},
{
“bridgesExtrusionProfile”: “bridges”,
“feedDiameter”: 1.75,
“feedstockMultiplier”: 0.86,
“firstLayerExtrusionProfile”: “firstlayer”,
“firstLayerRaftExtrusionProfile”: “firstlayerraft”,
“infillsExtrusionProfile”: “infill”,
“insetsExtrusionProfile”: “insets”,
“nozzleDiameter”: 0.4,
“outlinesExtrusionProfile”: “outlines”,
“raftBaseExtrusionProfile”: “raftbase”,
“restartExtraDistance”: 0.0,
“retractDistance”: 1.3,
“retractRate”: 25,
“toolchangeRetractDistance” : 19.0,
“toolchangeRetractRate” : 6.0,
“toolchangeRestartDistance” : 18.5,
“toolchangeRestartRate” : 6.0
}
],
“extrusionProfiles”: {
“bridges”: {
“feedrate”: 40,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“firstlayer”: {
“feedrate”: 50,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“firstlayerraft”: {
“feedrate”: 50,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“infill”: {
“feedrate”: 50,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“insets”: {
“feedrate”: 50,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“outlines”: {
“feedrate”: 20,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
},
“raftbase”: {
“feedrate”: 10,
“temperature_disabled”: 230.0
}
}
}

Sucessful Print images, from here you just soak them over night in that orange stuff and you’re done.

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These are 52mm prints, white isn’t a good color for blogging but you can still see sharp little claws and teeth, its certainly not resin printing but it is a big step up for FDM.

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Here’s some more wolf riders, I’m making five total.

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November 18th Entry

Hi, I’m Previewing some new miniatures. The first is a five man set I’m calling Ardanian Assault Squad.

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These are indicative of my new direction, I’m going away from the 52mm scale though I will still preview FDM 52mm models because that is what is fastest for me. These are designed to be resin printed at 28mm. Both versions will be available on the Web Site and shapeways for 28mm.

I’m hoping to start doing some work with Ill Gotten Games and I thought I’d preview some of the models I’m working on for that as well. Right now both sides are just kind of seeing how it goes but so far I feel like its clicking. I’ve really enjoyed being thrown down the dark path of a steam punk/cyber trash.

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In other news I’ve been busy basically. November is a hectic month at work. My Hirans boot USB helped me avoid a near fatal hard drive failure, I guess I’ll be making back ups from now on. You should get one of these if you don’t have one.

Lets see, how about some useful disclosure, I took my models off thingiverse last month. I left up previews and would basically leave the weapon models posted while directing viewers to the timeportalgames.com website for the full models available via registration. The results have not been what I expected, but what I should have expected. I haven’t gotten a ton of registration or new traffic from it. What has happened is nothing. The models are being downloaded as much as they were when the full model is up. Which means thingiverse is not that great for self promotion. Its actually an old internet lesson, if you post stuff on a website geared towards free stuff, all you get is people looking for free stuff. LOL, I’ve even gotten a few disgruntled emails from assholes who can’t believe I would make them do a tiny bit of work to get their free stuff. Anyways, the fact that downloads haven’t dropped off indicates that people aren’t even hardly looking at what they are taking on this site. I’ve had a very parallel experience to this in my past. My adolescents lasted about 20 years (13-34), during this time a ran some fairly nasty touring gutter punk groups, this was done through the mp3.com and then myspace boom. You’d have 60k downloads and it would translate into nearly nothing because you were reaching takers and not buyers markets. Well enough of my smug bickering, till next time..thanks for stopping in _J

Also here’s a nice but old slate article I ran across for the true believers out there.