Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby bluehinter » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:58 am

skifflebits wrote:That is a big improvement.

Just how sophisticated are the clean-up tools in the #-Dsoftware you use? It seems like the basic shape is there. If this were a 2-D scan in Adobe Illustrator, you could probably smooth it pretty easily, but I have no idea what your software is like.


There is probably very sophisticated stuff out there... I just don't know how to use any of it. I use three pieces of software:

TinkerCAD is my go-to builder, because it's very easy to use, but it's also very primitive in it's shape choices. You can add or subtract all sorts of geometric shapes, but it sucks for trying to create natural looking organic surfaces.
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Meshmixer is what I smooth and texturize stuff in. It's hard to control, but if I build or import something that has really noticeable polygons, or I need to smooth out rough/lumpy patches, it has it's uses. I can also reduce or refine the polygon count for certain areas to try to find a happy medium between maximum detail and what TinkerCAD will actually let me import.
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3D Builder comes free with Windows 10, and I use it mainly to carve up and simplify objects when the polygon count gets too high. This affects the entire object as whole, so sometimes it's more advantageous to use this instead of MeshMixer. It also doesn't screw up flat edges the way Meshmixer does.
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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby bluehinter » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:30 am

Here's what half a day in meshmixer will get you. (Working version is in blue)
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The head is a lot cleaner now. I'm basically cutting and shaving in TinkerCAD, exporting, smoothing, stretching, and sculpting in Meshmixer. Reimporting back into TinkerCAD. Rinse, and repeat.

There's still a lot of work to be done, and I'm going to have to correct a couple of mistakes that were made on the original Eaglemoss sculpt. Unless there were multiple Voord masks with slightly different designs, the "jester points" on the visor actually loop back and fuse with the base of the skull, rather than hanging free. There were also a few other mask details (like the ear holes and front mouth grille area) that were omitted, probably because they were too small to sculpt at that scale, but will need to be added to my 5" version.

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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby skifflebits » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:43 pm

Very interesting. It looks like difficult work. The sheer number of polygons in that original scan is fascinating.

I had no idea Eaglemoss screwed up the back of the head that way. I wonder if they got their hands on the original mask and the back two jester prongs were just hanging free.
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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby skifflebits » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:47 am

Oh, I got the Yeti printed up a long time back, and finally got a chance to paint it up a few weeks ago. It took a lot of dremel work to get the joints to fit because the plastic was not as flexible as I had expected, but in the end it turned out great.

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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby bluehinter » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:37 am

The Kroton came out more or less okay. The biggest disappointment was the pincers at the end of the hands which are just too small to print with sufficient detail, (I'm going to try to give these ones a once-over with the soldering gun to try to clean them up a little bit, but they still won't look pretty). There were a few other minor issues including a small hole that got left behind the surface of the first chest step which created a visible gap (though that's easily patched with paint), not making the bottom hole in the head deep enough, some alignment issues with the head holes, and the lower body pivot needing about 2 mm taken off the height.

I believe I've corrected all of these problems for the next printing, but I've got to put the reprint on hold for a while since I've got some stuff to print for family members prior to Christmas, and my second machine has been kaput for several weeks.


The one thing that does work extremely well on this design is the retractable arms. They extend and contract beautifully, and stay in place quite well so you can pose the figure in a variety of gestures.


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Re: Bluehinter's Free 3-D printable 5" scale figures & vehicles (Got a printer? Print your own customs!)

Postby skifflebits » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:59 pm

Hey, so far so good. Shame about the claws but the rest of it looks like it's on track.
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