Help breaking down spaceship?

Discussion in 'My Work In Progress' started by ColdWarrior, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. ColdWarrior
    ColdWarrior New Member
    Hi all. I am totally new to 3D printing and looking for some feedback on a model. I'm not sure the appropriate place to post this so I will start here since this is technically still a WIP. If it more appropriate somewhere else, please let me know.

    Not knowing exactly how this process works, I'm not sure how this object needs to be broken down for printing. I can't imagine that it can be printed as a single object. If not, then I imagine I need to create some sprues of some kind with the smaller objects/pieces. Total height would be around 10 cm.

    The pics are of slightly different versions. It would be hollow with enough thickness to ensure durability.

    As I mentioned, I am totally new to this process so anything would help. Anyone have any input? I would greatly appreciate it.


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  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    There is no "need" to break it down into separate parts, uness you want any of the pieces to rotate/bend/flex, and even then, it's possible to print in place parts such that can still move, if you pay attention to the minimum clearances needed.

    You might want to separate the peices such that you could paint them easier and then assemble after they are painted, but again, there's no real requirement to do so.

    At 10cm, it's going to run around $50 to print in WSF, "a bit more" in the other materials.
  3. CharGyse
    CharGyse New Member
    Ooh hello. Is this for a static model or do are its parts movable?
  4. ColdWarrior
    ColdWarrior New Member
    It's just static. I hadn't really thought about moving parts since I am so unfamiliar with the capabilities of the printing process. Not sure what it is capable of doing.

  5. pfeifferstylez
    pfeifferstylez New Member
    Sweeeet. :cool:
    Union class ?

    Be warned, such a big model will be expensive...
  6. CharGyse
    CharGyse New Member
    "do are its parts movable?" Hahaha, I'm silly.

    You could definitely print that in one go. So long as the little/thin parts are thick enough for whichever material you want it printed in to not snap off, and you've got a hole or a few holes to let out excess material from the middle of a hollow object, then it should be fine...