Model Monkey

Welcome to Model Monkey Designs for ship and armor modelers, 3D-printed by Shapeways!

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Have fun. Monkey around.

How do I prepare my new 3D-printed parts?  The short answer:

​1. Leave your new parts uncleaned in the plastic shipping bag until you are ready to use them.  "Frosted Detail" parts come to you protected by a very thin layer of oil.  Once the oil has been removed, "Frosted Detail" plastic may be sensitive to prolonged oxygen exposure.  Before painting, clean your new parts with a mild water-based detergent like "Dawn", "Fairy", or "Simple Green" in water.  Let your parts soak for a few hours to remove any wax.

2. Place your "Frosted Detail" parts in direct sunlight or under an ultra-violet light (UV) lamp or fluorescent lamp for several hours (more is better) to fully chemically harden the resin.

3. If necessary, smooth "Frosted Detail" plastic surfaces with an "air eraser" (click here to see one example).  Use common household baking soda as the grit.  Smooth "Strong and Flexible" plastic with thin layers of primer meant for nylon.

4. Paint your parts soon after cleaning.  Use the correct primer, paint  and paint thinner for the type of plastic your part is printed in.  Thinners containing acetone, acetate or methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) can melt "Frosted Detail" acrylic plastic.

Click on the blue link above to the catalog for more detailed advice.     


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