>>5192044 Depends on the printer, the higher the resolution the more expensive it is. The Form 1 and 2 print very high resolution and can print in resin which is decent. You can use a cheaper printer and then smooth it out by putting putty on it and working it into the ugly grooves then sending it down to smooth everything out.
But, no 3D printer is going to give you a high quality toy right out of the box you'd have to put some effort into it.
>>5192044 This is like asking if a car can iron the wrinkles out of your shirt by running it over. You're asking a question of results from something that has a completely different purpose behind its creation. 3D printers are most commonly used in the developmental stages, creating forms that are refined/cleaned up, then cast, then those casted pieces are cleaned up, and then sent off for mold making. Ask the question again in a decade and the role might change, but you're essentially trying to figure out something that is illogical at its very core.
>>5192044 >High resolution profesional printers YES they are used by figma,macfarlane and a shitload of other to make the originals from 3D files >your $300 cheap home grade printer kinda if you want to make a base and detail rework/sculpt over it and then mold and cast
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRpc4jQdpXA and you also need to know 3D sculpting or pay for the files, a powder+laser printer or laser+resin its probably your best bet if you want afordable and decent
>>5192417 >>5192212 >>5192398 man, i was there at their booth watching them print stuff live and nothing looked as good as that. they only had the grainy stuff there. Was the good printer just too big to bring to comic con or did they touch it up hardcore?
>>5192196 It's not, we're going to eventually be able to do it. It's the future of technology and eventually it's going to replace the factories of old. We came so far so quickly with these things, I wouldn't be surprised if they could print things in high quality metals soon.
We'll be selling blue prints rather than the toys soon enough.
>>5192432 Re-read my post. Please. Because you've supplemented the point in my post, the one you're disagree with, in your first sentence by saying "eventually." That's essentially what I'm saying, that OP's post isn't a question for today's 3D printer landscape because the technology limitations we currently face put the role of 3D printers at a different place of the production process (i.e. living up to the term "rapid prototyping") than the scope of his question seems to be implying. As the technology develops and technologies continue to enter into the open domain its role in all likelihood will expand to true production-grade. We may even see an age where molds are treated as a thing of the past and items are built with a 3D printer's work space, which would be a dream for everyone.
If your trying to 3D print a toy as in everything from joints and moveable parts the answer is for not less than $50 000 no hobbyist printer could print out a decent articulated toy that would look decent and not fall apart and played with. Even at that range and higher the answer is maybe. In the future definitely. If your a hobbyist, a 3D printer would be fantastic for printing out accessories, and solid inorganic objects but would be terrible for organic shapes. I personally hope to do is get a 3D printer to make hybrid prototypes to eventually cast in resin. No 3D printer though could cost effectively make a commercial quality product at an efficient cost and time.
Pic related a 3D printed Figma prototype and I'm assuming Max Factory is using a $20k+ printer for that accuracy at that size and they'll probably still go the mixed media route before casting.
>>5192332 >figma?? Pretty sure those are done by hand kakakaka how naive of you anon-kun A round minute 3:30 to 5:00 >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVXyDj7JyZI im sure some parts or some are entirely made by hand, but they also use 3D modeling, Scaning, and Printing like any modern company it doesn't mean it is bad or cheap it's just a tool
There's this dude who sell kinda "Marvel legends printed bootlegs" and they look good painted (if you're into painting) been thinking of getting his skelletons since i can't aford revoltechs
also you can choose from a couple of printed quality and materials the price change but its still like only paying materials and im not getting a printer right now, maybe in a couple years when 3D printers get cheaper and better i saw a Dremel one that looked good >http://www.shapeways.com/shops/strangefate
I have a solidoodle 3d printer. Most consumer printers can't really do the quality of a nice toy. It's also going to be up to the individual a lot as you are going to have to paint them. I have printed and painted a few low poly pokemon figures but a real toy would be a huge pain.
>>5192175 you could make toys you would just have to assemble them.
>>5199728 Off the top of my head: -printed molds would require even more clean up than machined metal molds to make them serviceable -printed molds would have extremely limited life spans compared to metal molds by a factor of hundreds if not thousands of units produced -printed molds wouldn't be able to consistently take the heat and pressure of molten plastic being extruded through it
If it were to be used for a limited production run where metal molds wouldn't price out, it also wouldn't make sense to choose a printed mold that requires extensive clean up when one could simply create a resin mold of an existing model and have similar results but with a fraction of the cost and time spent in making it.
This seems like 3D printed. How do these guys do it? Let's say I have Zbrush knowledge. I want to print models and stuff but I usually see 3D printed models done really badly, like from Shapeways. Is there like a company I could hire so they could make it for me?
>>5203246 Models like these are typically hand-sculpted, 3D scanned into CAD format then jointed digitally. For stuff with simpler shapes like Robot Damashii figures, they may start with the CAD first.
>>5203246 Nothing comes out of 3D printers looking that good.
Even the best 3D Printers will need a lot of clean up after the fact to make it look this good.
>>5203645 There is no reason to hand sculpt before hand and then 3d scan it as 3d scanning isn't very accurate. Some is still hand sculpted, but usually smaller companies. These days they do start with the digital sculpt and do the engineering and joint application in-program.
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