Friday, 17 February 2017

3D-printing – a cool dungeon from Printable Scenery

I finally had my 3D-printer, a M3D, repaired and finally set up in my hobby-corner in the garage. It also got a dedicated computer to feed it 3D-files.
So, it is finally working more or less 24 hours a day all week long. Yay!
Printable Scenery had a smashing kickstarter on Indiegogo last fall (and you can still back it here). It’s a modular dungeon thingie where you print out your floors, walls and whatnot and connect them with clips. Simply brilliant!
I’ve had the printer working for a week chugging out these parts and yesterday we used them in our just started Dungeons & Dragons campaign. It was a success with much oohing and aahing from the players.
So if you have a 3D-printer or have an idea about getting yourself one and fancy dungeon crawls this is really a no-brainer. I cannot recommend it enough (and Printable Scenery’s got a lot of other cool stuff too). Check them out for all that printable goodness.
I guess you will see a lot of 3D-stuff here in the future.

Update! Just this morning Printable Scenery unveiled a new kickstarter – Time Warp – Rampage Castle, Europe and the Americas. You’ll find a castle, European church and Old West buildings and stretch goals. Lots of ‘em. Check it out, it could be your thing and if you're fast you might snatch one of the very few early pledges left.

26 comments:

  1. So, they look fabulous and I'm really interested in this 3D-printing malarkey.

    But I'm hearing a lot of people having to repair the printers. Are they fragile, do they clog up, or what is breaking on them? Is it costly to fix?

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    1. My M3D had the motor that extrudes the filament just give up. No problem though, as I returned it to the shop I bought it in (Kjell & Co) and they fixed it, free of charge as it was within warranty. Took less than a week.
      So a word of advice might be to shop locally to be able to get that sort of service.

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    2. Wise words. So maybe some day in the future.

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    3. I got mine at Kjell & Co. Clas Ohlsson have a slightly larger one now, a bit more expensive, though.
      You know you need one, and this weekend is the right time for a purchase :-D

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    4. I know I need one. But not this weekend...

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  2. That is very cool, how long before your printing your own model's I wonder ?

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    1. not yet, but we're getting closer all the time. This is a really cool technology.

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    2. Listening to M&M podcast and Mr Whithacker who is a big fan of 3D printers talked about new releases that surprised him, and he was expecting fast progress!

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    3. Yeah, that was a good summary of the state of the industry.

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    1. Thanks Matt, and welcome to the blog.
      Oh, and thanks for Printable Scenery!

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    1. Thanks. It really does.
      Just got a small mausoleum off the printer. Great stuff, indeed.

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  5. I am very jealous, would love to have a 3D printer, the dungeon sections look smashing Joakim, are you going to invest in the Rampage castle files?

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    1. I just might have... :-)
      The thing with 3D-printers now is that the smaller models are getting rather cheap. I can get the M3D for 3000 SEK, around $300, now, which I think is affordable.

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  6. Great looking pieces! Also very jealous. One day...

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  7. Those look fantastic. No wonder your players were impressed!

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    1. A very fast paint-job on them with household paints. Base tone, very heavy first semi-dry-brush with a lighter hue and a final drybrush with a much lighter colour.
      Done in next to no time.

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  8. Wow! Looks fantastic Joakim! Ironically I've been going back and forth the last 3 days about either buying some Hirst Arts molds or buying a few Sally 4th kits, for upcoming underground spy-fi laboratory type games - never even thought about 3D printing. I guess more to think about...

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    1. I borrowed some Hirst Arts moulds from a friend and a couple of weeks later I bought this printer. Needless to say the moulds have seen limited use :-)
      Everything has its uses, though.

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  9. Really nice Joakim. I have been kicking around the idea of purchasing a 3D printer. Looking forward to see more of you creations.

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    1. Hi Gary!
      The printer is chugging along so you wil lcertainly see much more. Very pleased with everything so far.

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    2. Gary, something to factor in is where you live.
      Jocke and I were talking about this during the Build Day. If Jocke spends a few weeks printing dungeon walls, the cost of the material is offset by what the postage alone would have cost if ordering resin terrain from UK...and that's the cheapest shipping alternative.

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  10. Very nice models and also a very nice report.I would like to know more about this project of yours and maybe I also can help you with AutoCAD-files because I work with engineering and 3D-graphics on a daily basis.I am also planning to buy a 3D-printer of my own and the model you are writing about is very interessting.Please send me a e-mail if you are interessted to huggochslag snabela at gmail.

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    1. Hi!
      Thanks for the offer, I'll send you a mail

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