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why cant they used a 3D printer insade of moldes to make the ships? that would help them make any ship they have a 3D model of and could have them be more detailed
 
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How much would a 3D printer cost? For the device and the materials? Would they have to change the price to influence this? Does Shapeways have some sort of corner on the 3D printed market, not allowing WizKids to get a piece of the action? Has anyone even suggested this to the WK execs?
 
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3d printers are very versatile but pretty slow and still pretty expensive. Go check out Shapeways. Great stuff but more expensive.
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3D printers are great for very small projects. Not small in terms of print size, but small in terms of number of items you're making.
Some very detailed prints can take hours to make. Factor that to the numbers that Wizkids would need to make for ships, and it's not feasible for mass production.
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Also you normally have to do some finishing work on a 3D print, as short of high end prototyping printers they tend to have little ridges where the plastic was laid down.

As others have said, its far easier to make a master mould and just cast the things than have several thousand 3D printers slowly produce something that needs work to be smooth.
 
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Typheron wrote:
Also you normally have to do some finishing work on a 3D print, as short of high end prototyping printers they tend to have little ridges where the plastic was laid down.

As others have said, its far easier to make a master mould and just cast the things than have several thousand 3D printers slowly produce something that needs work to be smooth.


Exactly! I believe that's what Hornby do with their new models. A lot of the new models trains make the stuff we had as kids looks like shapeless lumps of plastic.

They can 3D print metal so wizkids should do it if they don't already. That romulan drone was nicely done. Maybe they're already 3D printing new moulds?
 
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DarthToombs wrote:
Typheron wrote:
Also you normally have to do some finishing work on a 3D print, as short of high end prototyping printers they tend to have little ridges where the plastic was laid down.

As others have said, its far easier to make a master mould and just cast the things than have several thousand 3D printers slowly produce something that needs work to be smooth.


Exactly! I believe that's what Hornby do with their new models. A lot of the new models trains make the stuff we had as kids looks like shapeless lumps of plastic.

They can 3D print metal so wizkids should do it if they don't already. That romulan drone was nicely done. Maybe they're already 3D printing new moulds?


I've had a lot of experience with lead and pewter minis. Bad idea. They get damaged from their own weight, they're heavy to carry, and so on.
 
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Metal models increase shipping costs as well, it's also a lot harder to get crisp detail on a metal model when you cast it. They are also a pain to convert and require extensive pinning to hold together.
 
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Metal models increase shipping costs as well, it's also a lot harder to get crisp detail on a metal model when you cast it. They are also a pain to convert and require extensive pinning to hold together.


Sorry guys, I meant print the mould in metal, then use that mould to cast in plastic.
 
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