3D Printing - does anyone here do it?

I’m thinking of picking up a 3d printer - probably this Wanhao Duplicator 12 model as it is cheap but has good reviews on YouTube.

Once I’ve got the hang of it I’d like to try making some DIY Nanoleaf LED lights, like these, for my home office. Eventually I’d like to try and 3d print this mini arcade machine.

Keen to know if anyone else is already doing any 3d printing to share some tips.

On my wish list but not ventured into it as it may become another seldom used thing. First thing I would print would be a round tuit

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My son 3d printed their wedding rings…
He’s going to be travelling today with his yound family down from Hull to Portsmouth for the St Malo ferry to visit us here in the Charente so going to be difficult to contact.
I’ll ask him if he he has any tips to pass on though…

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Wow, tell us more. Specifically how come his fiancée didn’t throttle him :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


:exploding_head: That’s impressive - not heard of anyone doing that before! Thanks, Graham.

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tbh I don’t even know but the rings are real… I’ve seen them, touched them (obviously) but as to the technical detail… I was too afraid to ask :wink:
He’s a very able programmer with an incredible head on his shoulders - his abilities put my measly programming skills to shame when he was still quite young and at school - programming at machine code level, propeller head stuff…
At boarding school, he completely reprogrammed the school-wide screen announcement system (amongst other achievements).
I’ll sit down with him during his stay and ask him more about it perhaps. It’ll be an achievement if I ever get to understand the half of it!

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Thanks, Graham. I’d be keen to hear more. It sounds fascinating!

Check out the Shapeways website - you can 3D print almost anything these days in almost any material - including gold and platinum!

******* expensive though!!!

I bought and use a Sinterit Lisa 3D printer - not cheap but does what I need it to do.

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My son has responded to my question about how he managed to 3D print his wedding rings and indeed it was as @carlmt mentions Shapeways who did the final job, in his case with silver.
The 3D printer was used to produce the CAD file they printed a high res model out of a special casting wax then did the normal jeweller casting process, attaching the model to a sprue with other models, then making a plaster mould and pouring molten metal in, then break the mould and cut off the models, tidy up and polish.
Quite a specialist job and you can see why it’s expensive! (no cheap tat for my DIL :wink:)

Phew! I had visions of a blue plastic wedding ring!


My brother, at the age of 50, admitted to me that he stole a ring from Woolworths while he was a teenager for his mate from school who wanted to get engaged to his girlfriend. He said at the time it was very easy - school blazer, stretch hand across the Woolworths counter to something beyond what you want and then just shovel the ring up the sleeve with the other hand.
I was appalled, but also deeply grateful he’d got away with it!

What a cheapskate nicking from Woolies, should have tried Ratners, much higher quality tat (or crap as Gerald Ratner said to destroy his business- what a twat):rofl::rofl:


Do they know who dunnit?


oh yes… they were very pleased with the result :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I’m ambivalent about 3D printing, it’s a medium with amazing potential in many fields from architecture to orthopaedics

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Nonetheless, I worry that its principal use might become the production of plastic novelty tat that was formerly made by injection moulding.

At the other end of the spectrum, it’s also possible to print one-off luxury car bodies - an extension of the so-called ‘pizza car’ that appeared about thirty years ago, when large car manufacturers began offering various kinds of car based on a single ‘platform’.

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I’ll be honest and this does concern me a little. I like the geeky aspect of it, and I have a few things that I’d like to print but the majority of items I see on thingiverse do look to be solving a problem that doesn’t exist.

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It’s way too expensive for that, you want your cheap plastic tat to come in at 0.0001¢ an item to make any profit.

I was thinking of smaller runs of tat rather than the volume needed for economically viable injection moulded tat.

However, I’m interested in all making processes and have worked in all sorts of sculptural media from welded steel and cast bronze to goatskins and digitally printed ceramic glazes. Currently tentatively modelling champagne bottles’ foil into tiny figures that assume archetypal poses from classical art.

Don’t ask why!

You can’t say something like that without supplying photos! :slight_smile:

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You can’t say something like that without supplying photos! :slight_smile:[/quote]

In due course, but I first need to buy a new (s/h) Nikkor macro lens - eye wateringly expensive!