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Tron LightCycle [message #38749] Thu, 17 November 2011 16:38 UTC Go to next message
avatar Psychobob  is currently offline Psychobob
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This is the second time I've had a 3D model printed out. This another gift I made for a friend who happens to be a big Tron fan.

Just like my Dead Space helmet(http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=4689), I took an old USB cable and hooked it up to some resistors and LEDs.

I had it printed in Frosted Detail (for the transparent sections) and WSF polished (which was really good, I will definitely be using this in the future).

Even though the fine detail seemed to come out even after polishing, it looks like one side of the model was less pronounced, this looks to be from the alignment during printing rather than polishing I would think (I remember some of the chaps who came down to the London Shapeways meetup talking about it). Can anyone point me to a thread that explains how the alignment affects printing?

Heres some pics of the finished product

index.php?t=getfile&id=12118&private=0

The base is a bit of MDF where I chisselled out some sections in the base for the wiring, I then covered it all up with some red felt. The top of the MDF was then painted with some black outdoor gloss paint I had in the garage.

I used some regular humbrol enamel paint for the model.

Of course, here's some shots when it's lit up Smile
index.php?t=getfile&id=12119&private=0

I made some mistakes when putting things together (paint wise), but at least I'll learn from this and try not to repeat them.

Well, enough prattling on Smile

[Updated on: Fri, 18 November 2011 22:27 UTC]


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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38753 is a reply to message #38749 ] Thu, 17 November 2011 17:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks amazing, great job!
Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38754 is a reply to message #38749 ] Thu, 17 November 2011 17:57 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This is EPIC!


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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38797 is a reply to message #38754 ] Fri, 18 November 2011 04:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very, very cool Very Happy Awesome work

Good use of the material thickness to get the light to shine though more in certain places Smile



Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38803 is a reply to message #38749 ] Fri, 18 November 2011 07:38 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow , nice combination of material and light! Very nice effect!


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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38814 is a reply to message #38749 ] Fri, 18 November 2011 14:39 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you all for your kind comments, you never quite realise how much you appreciate comments like these until you see them Smile

This project did teach me something and I thought I would share it with you all in case it saves someone running into the same issues I did.

If your model is going to remain mostly white (but you will be painting some parts) and you also print it in WSF; make sure you still prime it with some white primer (it also helps stop the non-white paint you use from getting absorbed into the plastic and "bleeding" around the edges). I ignored this rule that so many other people follow, and I learned the hard way why this is always a good idea.

The reason is that the WSF colour is more an off-white creme but close to white. So if you ever make painting mistakes and need to cover them up with white paint, it won't be obvious you've gone over the mistake with additional white paint. If you don't have it primed and try and cover the mistake with white paint, it's obvious you've done so as the WSF is more an off-white and the paint you use to cover it up will be an actual white colour.

Now all I need to do is figure out how I can make it nice and glossy. I hear clear coat is good but from what I've seen on youtube this is an epoxy and is only something that can be used on flat objects (i.e. paintings). Maybe there's a spray can equivelant?

[Updated on: Fri, 18 November 2011 14:40 UTC]


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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #38821 is a reply to message #38814 ] Fri, 18 November 2011 15:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here's the clear spray acrylic that I use. It takes about 8 coats on unpainted WSF before it turns glossy.

Lightcycle turned out great!
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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #39362 is a reply to message #38821 ] Mon, 28 November 2011 12:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Psychobob  is currently offline Psychobob
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Thanks for the clear spray link. After 8 coats and it's completely dry, does it feel rubbery or sticky at all?

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Re: Tron LightCycle [message #39368 is a reply to message #39362 ] Mon, 28 November 2011 13:27 UTC Go to previous message
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Nope, just feels like hard plastic. It has a little texture because of the porous nature of WSF - so not completely smooth.

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