Tie Interceptor 3d prints

 A pair of prints from last week - Tie Interceptors. The Empire's agile answer to the Rebel A-Wing.

 The glow in the dark filament is excellent for glowing, but poor at showing detail. As such, a grey model was necessary as well
 Great detail. Slightly smaller scale than the X-Wing and Tie Advanced I printed before
 The major downfall of this print is the raft design on the side of the wing. As the model is sliced and the raft is printed, it can be difficult to determine how many layers to pull off, resulting in a gap between the wings.
 Rear shot. Such a cool little ship.
 Same thing, but ghostly white.


Glowing Crystal

Today's print: A glowing crystal!
Be sure to check out the video.
 The glow really adds to the print. It elicits thoughts of Kryptonite, radiation, or maybe magic.
 Hatchbox 1.75mm PLA is pretty good stuff. I prefer silver for detail prints, but this is precisely the sort of print that warrants a bit of glow to it.
 On the buildplate, brim removed.
And the obligatory spin. Lemme know what you think!


X-Wing 3d print

 Before work the other day, I started up an X-Wing print. Around lunch I stopped by to check, and walked in right as it finished the last few layers. Perfect timing!
On the build plate. The s-foils (wings) are so thin, and therefore very fragile. It took quite a while to get this sucker off the build plate.
 I managed to snap the nose off just behind the cockpit, trying to pull the front off the build plate. Moral of the story? Be really careful removing prints, or you'll regret it.
 The lasers became easily another weakpoint on this model. The printer simply doesn't have the resolution to accurately print them, much less print them strongly. I also broke off one of the lasers during removal.
 The print looks pretty smooth, though.
 Here you can see the damaged laser cannon.
 Especially apparent here is the low resolution of the laser cannons.
 That build seam is ugly, but much easier to assemble then a bunch of smaller pieces with support!
The arms are waaaay too thin, and have begun to crack. I'll have to scale it up and print again.

"Gator the Waiter" print

Tonight's print is "Gator the Waiter", printed from mknippen's post on Thingiverse.
 I really like doing these little animations to give y'all a full 360* view of the model.
 The detail is pretty clean on here. It's standing up, and has it's tail wrapped around the right leg.
Hope you like it!


3d Printed Tie Advanced X1 - Darth Vader's Personal Tie Fighter

One of my first large-scale, detailed prints: Darth Vader's Tie Advanced X1.
I was really pleased with the details included in this model.
The scale is actually pretty big - The print is approximately 8 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 5 inches tall. 
The build was completed in two parts, and it was sliced down the center of the cockpit.
The front of the Tie actually had to be printed twice, due to warping on the print-bed. The PLA wasn't properly pre-heated which caused the wings to curl slightly off the bed.

Here you can see the degree of warping.
And the flat build. Oh, so flat, so nice.

Thanks for reading!


3d Freakin' Printer

As promised, here's a video of the sucker in action!

Test Prints (Glow in the Dark!)

 After picking up my 3d printer yesterday, I printed a few tests to show off. Needless to say, they came out spectacularly.
 The hand came on an SD card from Wanhao (the printer manufacturer), and the other prints on the side are common test prints. The boat is called "3d Benchy: The Jolly 3d Printer Torture Test". It's designed to be a benchmarking utility, allowing people to print a common model with difficult geometry, to check how well tuned their printer is. The owl is just an owl. Hoot.
 I'm most pleased with the print quality of the hand, but I suppose Wanhao wouldn't have shipped a file if they knew it would come out poorly!
Lights on...
Lights off!
 Rear view
Thanks for taking a look. Hopefully I'll be updating this site more regularly with 3d printed creations. If you have suggestions, drop them in the comments below!


Got a 3d Printer! Wanhao Duplicator i3

 It's here! It's finally here! I ordered a Wanhao Duplicator i3 (A Reprap Prusa i3 variant) about a month ago, and waited for the actual release on June 15th, then two-three weeks of shipping woes. WanhaoUSA managed to oversell their stock, and some shipping issues contributed to the slow delivery time. Oh well, it's finally here! The Duplicator i3 is a full metal frame variant of the Prusa as I mentioned above. Most Prusa I3s come as a kit, or with wood/acrylic frames. I live in a high humidity environment, so wood was a poor choice. Acrylic is known to bend, and considering that 3d printers get quite hot, it seemed like a poor choice for frame material as well. This printer hits a sweet spot - Low(ish) price of $360, heated bed for printing ABS (like Legos are made of), and full metal frame. It comes nearly 100% assembled as well, so all it really takes is a little fiddling to get it working.
 Assembly was a fairly quick process, just had to screw together the frame. Six bolts in total. I spent more time trying to level the bed and load filament than I did actually assembling the darn thing.
 First print complete! After taking a few minutes to admire this sucker, I sent a second print job to the printer. It's jamming out an FPV monitor stand for my Taranis.
 The print quality is excellent. High fidelity for sure. This model was printed directly from the SD card Wanhao includes in your order - Layer height of .2mm, heated bed at 45*c, and hot end at 196*c. Printed in silver PLA from Fry's Electronics.
 I'm super pleased with the results. After I took these pictures, I realized that the raft simply snaps off.
Hope you enjoyed this post! I plan to print mostly multirotor-related items, but if you have suggestions for future prints be sure to drop them in the comments!