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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:47 pm 
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A brief article on a gamer who is printing his own 40K army.

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/10/3 ... ign=buffer

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:59 pm 
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As someone with thousands of GW minis in his house, as well as a 3d printer... the quality is not even close. YET.

The printers that can get close to GW standards, are 50k+ machines, and you will still be able to tell the difference from molded products. Even if you don't count the cost of the machine,once you factor in cleanup time, 3d sculpting, print time, materials, electricity, etc. Printing your own armies will actually cost MORE than buying the models from GW,and the bought ones will still look better.

3d printing is many, many years away form being able to replace injection molding from a cost or quality level. Where 3d printing shines, is one off models, or accessories. A special gun for that tank, or a wolf hide cloak for your space marines, or whatever thing you want that isn't already available. Prototyping and custom work is the way of the world. Here is a good case study; I know 3d printer companies that get injection molded brackets and fitting for their printers. These are 3d printer companies, selling 3d printers capable of printing 3d parts, and they still choose to use injection molding for a cost/quality value decision. They prototype their parts with a printer, then mass produce them with molding.

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They can't be much worse than some of the prepainted plastic minis I've seen. hehehe

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