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Alex Wilgus
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So I've been seeing some cool home brew templates for character cards, missions, items, etc. Anyone know of anyone getting into using 3D printers to print custom miniatures for IA? I've never designed anything on a 3D printer myself but if there were some starter template files out there, it seems like it could really take off. It'd definitely be a much cooler solution than hunting for crappy WOTC miniatures.
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There are a number of Kickstarter and other projects where they send you the .stl files for 3D printing. Getting into the hobby is expensive. For a good quality printer to print 28mm figures you are looking at around 800-1200 USD. Current plastic mold technology is still much cleaner and nicer. I use my 3D printer for terrain, tokens and modifications, etc. www.thingiverse.com is a good place to start to look at what kinds of things are possible. There are a ton more.
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Shplay wrote:
So I've been seeing some cool home brew templates for character cards, missions, items, etc. Anyone know of anyone getting into using 3D printers to print custom miniatures for IA? I've never designed anything on a 3D printer myself but if there were some starter template files out there, it seems like it could really take off. It'd definitely be a much cooler solution than hunting for crappy WOTC miniatures.


Printing 3D Star Wars-licensed characters will end up getting you in heat... I've seen lots of people making terminals, doors and boxes, and I'm sure those are totally fine.
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Hillean wrote:
Printing 3D Star Wars-licensed characters will end up getting you in heat... I've seen lots of people making terminals, doors and boxes, and I'm sure those are totally fine.

Selling unlicensed Star Wars stuff is an issue, not making them for yourself.
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Holy cow. I'm not paying that.
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I'm no expert but for basic 3D printed stuff but the quality from my $400 printer is fine for boxy stuff like doors and crates but insufficient for the detail you would want for a figure.

I'm sure you could order something printed from http://shapeways.com on their much nicer printers if you're looking for a 1-off but it's not affordable at scale.
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Oh wait, you meant for a printer. I'm looking for some sort of a la carte service that lets you design something on a computer and send it to them to print.
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Alex, I have some good news and bad news for you. Bad news are, even if you learned to design a 28mm miniature in a 3d program (you won't, it's super daunting if you're a beginner), you'll be disappointed in the print quality. The result will look something like this. Look through the pictures, see the difference in the 3d model and the actual printed result.

However, there's a service out there that I think you'll find interesting:

Hero Forge.

You can design your own mini and have it printed out by professionals who're specialized in this sort of thing. Their print quality is actually pretty decent. The caveat is that they don't do Star Wars (no license), only generic stuff. So your custom characters are pretty much limited to human-like humanoids. Luckily the clothing and accessory department is quite vast, so you can make a jedi in robes, or a mercenary in a power armor. You can make a "Bothan" by selecting some furry features (from the fantasy category), and if you're not afraid of some DIY modifications, you can design a bald character and make some head tentacles out of green stuff at home, and have a Twi'lek. There's a generic robot too. But Wookiees are right out.
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Shplay wrote:
Oh wait, you meant for a printer. I'm looking for some sort of a la carte service that lets you design something on a computer and send it to them to print.

Many public libraries these days have 3D printing services for a small fee. I've used the Cleveland Public Library for 3D printing in the past. You'll need to do some research, though, to find out if your local library's printer can produce the level of detail you'd need.
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Hipsu wrote:


However, there's a service out there that I think you'll find interesting:

Hero Forge.

You can design your own mini and have it printed out by professionals who're specialized in this sort of thing. Their print quality is actually pretty decent. The caveat is that they don't do Star Wars (no license), only generic stuff. So your custom characters are pretty much limited to human-like humanoids. Luckily the clothing and accessory department is quite vast, so you can make a jedi in robes, or a mercenary in a power armor. You can make a "Bothan" by selecting some furry features (from the fantasy category), and if you're not afraid of some DIY modifications, you can design a bald character and make some head tentacles out of green stuff at home, and have a Twi'lek. There's a generic robot too. But Wookiees are right out.


Hrm... I'll have to investigate doing a Twi'lek. I used Hero Forge for a custom mini for my wife and it looks great. They have a great selection of sci-fi stuff, and with a little creative mixing and matching, you can come up with a Star Wars aesthetic that fits right in.
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