My last big birthday present was an XYZ daVinci 1.0 3D printer. I finally sat down and starting messing around with the thing. And I truly enjoy it! Most of the shapes I've been producing are still mostly 2D "ish". I've tried some models with height and ran into some technical stuff. No worries, the issues will get resolved. it has something to do with the extruder getting clogged.
Most of the items I've seen come out of a 3D printer have been trinkets and baubles. Busts of Yoda or Chewbacca and such. I'm far more interested in generating something useful. So, as a beginning project, I printed up some stocking stuffers for the young people on my Christmas list.
|Every superhero needs a comb!|
|A pair of Mulan hair accessories|
|For my autistic nephew, some connectible pieces that can produce interesting shapes.|
|Like this thing.|
So, what would I like to make with this gizmo? War gaming terrain of course! My printer doesn't have the fine detail to create figures. However, vehicles are definitely a possibility. Buildings and structures are far more likely.
3D printing comes with a few challenges. The plastic comes out of the extruder in unexpected ways. It takes a bit of practice to understand the printer and its capabilities. As the material builds up on the platform, it needs to have some existing material to build upon it, layer by layer. So, a flaw in one layer can ruin the entire model. Nevertheless, I am excited to take the journey!
There is also a growing community of gamers who are excited at the possibilities. Perhaps, someday, new games will be distributed as downloadable files. We, the players, will simply print out the game board, figures and all accessories in the comfort of our homes. Several companies have started selling models. Printable Scenery comes to mind.