I had these printed because I wanted to show you a comparison of our three printing options (Cream Robust, White Detail and Transparent Detail). They came out really nice - they're only 6cm tall and the amount of detail is great - you can even see their belly buttons!
The transparent detail material will really stand out when you make it wet - applying an acrylic lacquer finish should make it permanently shiny.
I didn't take proper care of balancing my objects - they keel over backwards.. It's a bit tricky to get this right, but I'm working on a method involving Blender's real-time physics engine. More about that in another post!
If you want to print small objects, use the 'Detail' materials. The Robust will create stronger objects, but at the cost of a somewhat lower resolution.
That's it for today - I now have to take care of my monkey babies!
TopMod3d is a free, open source, topological mesh modeling system that allows users to create high genus 2-manifold (watertight) meshes. It runs on Windows and OSX.
To me, topological modeling feels weird, but after playing around with it for a little I managed to get some nice results. As an added bonus most models will be readily printable by Shapeways (after conversion to X3D/Collada, still).