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Lord Ashram
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Hey all,

Can I ask... Are all shapeways ships bumpy? Every one I have seen has that bumpy surface... Does anyone have one that isn't?

Thanks!
 
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It depends on the material used.

The best end result I've seen has been this one.



http://boardgamegeek.com/article/12052199#12052199
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Lord Ashram wrote:

Can I ask... Are all shapeways ships bumpy? Every one I have seen has that bumpy surface... Does anyone have one that isn't?


If you are comparing a 3-D printing, like shapeways, to the SW:XW models, it is not a truly accurate comparison. FFE uses [IIRC] molded plastic; shapeways is a 3-D print. TOTALLY different methods of manufacture.

I am sure someone will post a link; I believe the users sans_fi and perhaps einargosric has posted about the different materials and methods. I am pretty sure it was sans_fi who went into detail as to what materials and methods used produced which model results [BEFORE painting], although he did so on a very small fighter, IIRC.

The basic materials I have seen:

White, Strong and Flexible [WSF]
White, Strong and Flexible-Polished [WSF-P]
Frosted Detail [FD]
Frosted Ultra Detail [FUD]

The cheapest, and most durable, is WSF; it is also the 'bumpiest'. WSF-P has polished down much of the print lines, as well as scoured away much of the 'print residue' [plastic dusty bits].
FD has great detail, but leaves stronger 'print lines'. I cannot comment on FUD, as I have not taken out a loan to have a FUD model done yet. However, I suspect that the model which rekinom shows next to the Falcon is done in FUD, and laserschwert did a stunningly beautiful, professional paint job on it. I would expect it to sell for over $100, and would be a good price at that [the printing alone is $77 for that model in FUD].

I will be posting my ongoing, modest paintings in this forum, most of which are WSF; but they are also larger ships [large SWXW base].

WSF when finished is still very acceptable to me; I would be afraid to play SWXW with one that is as meticulously painted as laserschwert's. Once mine are done, they are getting table time!

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Frosted Ultra Detail has the least printing grain, and most of that is on one plane only - the 'rear' facing surfaces on the ships I got.

WSF-Polished removes the grain, along with some crispness of any raised details.

The printing grain comes off with a light scraping of an X-Acto blade.
 
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Ferlin Pomfrett
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And a lot of the designers who use Shapeways are clamouring for the ability to choose print orientation which will minimize and in many case eliminate the print lines. From what we have been told it is just a matter of time but as to what that means who can tell
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Here you can see pictures of each material

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/955806/3d-printer-materials
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Lord Ashram
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Hey guys!

Thanks much for the info... So seems I have to so the ultra frosted detail to really get a good looking ship, and then I have to scrub it down. Good stuff.
 
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