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Need some help/advice
show user profile  CreativeCraftmanship
Hi there maxforum!

After +-2 years I started with 3dsMax again.
So I want to start modelling 3D miniatures for printing. Small detailed creatures and scenery for wargames and such.

Now Im stucked with a few questions:
- Is it with a small budget do-able to print the miniatures in 3D? And any tips on here? Did read somewhere its better to print 10+- models at the same in a tray then a single one.
- Any advice on some 3ds / zbrush tutorials?
- Any idea where to start?

Because I've been alot of time out of the 3D scenary every advice, tutorial and help is welcome :)
Sorry for my bad english though.

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6/9/2015 10:39:05 PM (last edit: 6/9/2015 10:39:05 PM)
show user profile  K-tonne
good place to start:

Website and Portfolio

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6/9/2015 11:04:53 PM (last edit: 6/9/2015 11:04:53 PM)
show user profile  ccampbell
* Best place to start would be with the software as K-tonne suggests. Learn to use whatever you model in within real world measurements. For miniatures, metric( Millimeters) is probably a perfect unit of measure since your parts are small but whatever makes you comfortable.

Things to consider...
- Do you want color?
- Does it need to be strong?
- what kind of quality are you after?
- how quickly do you need it?

3D Printing can be done on a budget but price will depend on the material you want to print with, the volume of the part and whether or not its ready to be printed or needs to be cleaned up for 3D Printing. Also things like part complexity and fragility often come into play in terms of post processing when using certain materials.

manufacturing in bulk will always be cheaper regardless of the method. 3D Printing allows for fast production and iteration but still generally requires a lot of man hours to produce quality parts on most printers. So, printing 10+ of something would almost certainly be cheaper but its not the number of prints that's important but the amount of material used.

Some materials and 3D Printers offer higher fidelity prints but cost significantly more to use. "Small Budget" is relative so keep in mind, any Powder based(excluding EBM/DMLS) or FDM printer will usually be cheaper to print with due to lower machine maintenance and minimal post processing. In the case of EBM(Electron Beam Melting) or DMLS(Direct Metal Laser Sintering) the powder metals are super expensive and the turning over the machines from print to print takes A LOT of time usually.

If your still deciding on materials or printers, has a great materials sample kit that's only about 20 bucks that will let you see and feel all kinds of materials you can 3D Print in. If your already familiar with 3D Printing and know what material you would like you can find a few places that offer a print service and try to bargain. 3D Printing is still so expensive most smaller places will usually cut you some kind of deal.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!


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