Question regarding printing small parts

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by dsherratt74, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. dsherratt74
    dsherratt74 New Member
    I'm currently working on a new mech model. which I hope all things being equal, to print out in white detail. Like the other mechs I've done it's a multi-part miniature and I'm a little worried about a part of it.

    Unlike my others I want to have the feet in two peices, the main foot and the front toe. I'm concerned the toes may be too small individualy for the printers to handle. So I was wondering does the minimum size listed in the materials page apply to each part of the model, I assume it does but I would apprecate some clarification on this.

    The picture below shows the two parts so you can see what I mean about the size.


    Cheers for any help in advance.

  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    The problem would be finding the part after the print, cleaning it, and packaging it without losing anything. Some people connect it with a sprue (much like a model kit) that you cut off when you get it. So parts don't get lost.
  3. dsherratt74
    dsherratt74 New Member
    Yeah I thought that might be a way round the problem.

    Given the number of small parts I've ended up making for this model it's the only way to go about it I suppose. So now i've finished the model itself I've gone and made a sprue for all of them.

    I've just ordered it, can't wait to get it. I just hope it looks half as good as the CG render when it arrives.