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Old 16-12-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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The arrival of my 3D printer coincided with me realising that Big Chief were producing 1/6th scale replicas and prompted me to think about whether it was possible to produce accessories at that scale. As a proof of concept I have put together this model of Dr Beakers console from Supercar.
The model is 'as is' straight off the printer and held together with blue-tac, the wire pieces are just solder; I have yet to experiment with paint finishes but LEDs look great in the lights and I plan to motorise the antenna.

I was thinking of suitable items for the Big Chief replicas; the obvious ones are the TB1 pilot chair and the mobile control unit for Scott.

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Old 17-12-2017, 11:46 AM   #2
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That is very nice work.
One of the reasons I have held back on getting a 3d printer myself is the print quality that most seem to produce.

Yours is superb what printer are you using?
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Old 17-12-2017, 04:58 PM   #3
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I am using an Anycubic 3D I3 Mega Ultrabase printer which I bought from Gearbest for under 300 (a clone of the Prusa I3 printers). I chose it because of the very positive user reviews and the low price point. The only issue I have had with it is achieving a level print surface across the whole print base and am in discussion with the company about remedies for this but it is a known problem with these machines.

My main interest is 3D modeling; I have done no 'real world' modeling other than Airfix kits as a child. I am sure there are better/more efficient ways to construct flat panel surfaces like Beakers Desk but I don't currently have any of those skills. The knobs, dials and lights etc would, I imagine be more be more diffficult to make via conventional modeling.

At 1/6th scale the small parts are close to the limit of the resolution of the printer; the next step up would be to use an SLA printer but they have their own problems (toxic resin, price (though rapidly decreasing)).

Mick.

PS : I've just realised that this thread is in the wrong forum, many apologies for that.
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