A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Digital Taxidermy – Spool Tower Kickstarter sample files and how great they were for using up the empty spools from FDM printing. I got in touch with Digital Taxidermy and asked if they had any Sci-Fi files I could test as my main scenery focus is Infinity: The Game and they sent me some great files to test.
I got sent the Power Generator, Radar Dice tower and Ramps & Bridges, and here they are all printed and put together. I regret I haven’t had a chance to get any paint on them yet but I wanted to get this post out before the Kickstarter closes.
The files looked a lot more complex than the sample one I showed before but once I dug in they are actually very good. I was dubious about how the centre of the Power Generator would print without the support so I added one of my own.
I should have trusted the Digital Taxidermy though as my support fell over just as it was about to be ‘needed’ and the model printed just fine. The underside does look a bit messy but the outside is perfect and as you wont see inside once it’s assembled it doesn’t matter.
The Power Generator weighed in at 192g which for effectively 3 levels is well under the target of 100g per level that Digital Taxidermy set themselves.
Next on the printer was the bridge and the ramp which max out at 33g a pice making for a very material efficient and actually very strong construction. Good use of bridging and alternate direction layers produces a strong lightweight construction.
And finally the Rader Station Dice tower. This one is a bit heavier than the rest but the result is massive and well worth the extra filament as a centre piece. I didn’t have the files for the spool in the middle but the top and bottom come in at 320g and print supportless like the rest of the files. The result being a stylish and functional dice roller. The only change I might suggest is some sort of barrier (maybe removeble) to stop the dice from rolling too far accross the table.
For anyone interested in backing there is still time and more stretch goals are being unlocked everyday.
A month or 2 ago one of the Infinity: The Game community contacted me say he was planning on using my 28mm scale weapon files that I make for tabletop conversions to make him self a Cosplay variant of the weapon and I was intrigued.
I decided to give it a try myself and picked the recently released Nomad Pistol to try, it’s my favourite pistol so far and I wanted to start small.
I took some measurements from the file and my hand and initially settled on scaling the file to 50x the 28mm file. To test the size I cut the file in half and printed a few layers from the middle of it.
This turned out to be huge and needed shrinking again. 75% of the first print (so 3750% for the original file), printed another 2 layer slice and this was a much better size. Also fit on the build plate in one piece.
After settling on the size I took the file into Microsoft 3d builder to slice it in half and add holes for pieces of filament to align the halves afterwards. I then used Cura to slice the files ready to print. Using the Adaptive Layers feature in Cura I ended up with a layer height between 0.12mm and 0.28mm depending on the angle of the part.
Printed in 3dPrintz Blue Grey PLA on my Ender 5 Plus.
And then assembled using 20mm pieces of filament as pins and clamped until set.
And here it is ready for sanding.
Part 2: Sanding and Prepping for paint coming soon.
I wanted to highlight a Kickstarter I came across the other day. Spool Tower by Digital Taxidermy is fantastic way to re-use old fialment spools and turn them into something useful.
I dowloaded the sample files and after following the simple instructions tweaked the files to fit my empty spools. A bit of cheap eBay ‘Wood’ fialment (I’m not sure there’s any actual wood in there but it’s the right colour) and a few ink washes and some stipling and we get this.
Whilst still clearly a filament spool the result is brilliant. With a few more greebles and maybe a stone texture (paint or print) on the grey section you’d be hard pushed to find fault. Each printed layer (in this sample file) took only 68g of filament making it super cheap too.
The kickstarter has options for roof pieces to cover the top of the spool but they aren’t available in the sample files, however with the surround pieces in place a second spool fits nicely ontop for the addtional layers to be added.
I would strongly suggest you take a look if you have need for cheap terrain and have a abundance of spools. I will be printing up a bunch of different ones for the tables at my FLGS – Nerdy Coffee Co.
A little bonus this week to keep me on track, I did the NA2 batch that came second in the last poll. ADHL, Anaconda Spitfire and Operator Spitfire.
So time to vote for the next set to be done. I’m still figuring out the best way to display the files for the posts so if anyone has any tips or likes/doesn’t like a particular way I’ve tried then please let me know.
Just before the weekend I started up a Patreon for working on 3d STL files for weapons and equipment from Infinity: The Game, a project I started a while ago but which lacked direction. Hopefully Patreon will help me to keep on track and get some community feedback into what it desired next.
The first batch of weapons was voted for over the weekend and after a flase start this morning I managed to get them done this afternoon. So without further ado I present the Pan-O MULTI Rifle, Pistol and Combi Rifle variants.