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I've just come across a seriously amazing new technique for getting prints that look as good, and sometimes better, than injection-molded plastic.

It only works with ABS, so those of you who print with PLA - this won't help you any.  Sorry.

Here's a couple of prints my buddy made and did this to -

Seriously!  He printed those on a RepRap!  You'd never ever guess it - no visible layers AT ALL.

Here's a video demonstrating the technique - the video is kind of crappy, sorry - hah.  I've personally tried it and it's AMAZING how well this works.


Here's a blog post that explains the steps better than the video -

blog.reprap.org/2013/02/vapor-…

I also did my own using the technique which can be seen here:
3D Printed Fluttershy Vapor Treated by Athey
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RMLBJD Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you for adding me to the group!!
We are making BJD by 3D printer.
Thank you very much:) (Smile) 
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Infamaty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
100th watcher!
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Ghethdra Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i'm trying to make a life sized hylian shield out of wood and metal but i need to get a 3d imaging program for the CNC machine so it can be cut out. what kind of program would i need to use?
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Dekokatana Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I'm looking for 3D artist to make 3d model from Adeptus Mechanicus badge (WH40K). I have plans that I could mill it with my cnc engraver machine.
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GreyMatterExtrusion Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Has anyone seen the FlashForge?
[link]

China Based, but with a surprisingly coherent site.
Just ordered one (as Im in China) and waiting to see what its like.
It "should" arrive fully assembled and tested, and they can apparently ship international.

Will let you know how it goes
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Athey Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually just ordered one too. I've already got 5 makerbot replicators, and the prospect of getting a makerbot 'copy' for only $1200 was too tempting not to at least try it out. I emailed their support and they say it supports Makerbot's firmwares. If it really does support Firmware 7.0 and higher, and accelleration, it'll be a huge score.

They also say that they made improvements on the board and it looks like they fixed the problem with the fuse capacitor (the Makerbot Mightyboard doesn't have ANY fuses, so if it gets a shock, the whole board blows - I've had two blow on me in the last year, and it sucks because I live in the 'high desert' of Oregon and there's a lot of static here).

Anyway, I'm hopeful, and since I've got a lot of experience with 'real' makerbots, I can give a good review on the 'Fakerbot' to see if it's really a good duplicate or not.
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GreyMatterExtrusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, sounds like you're using these for more than just hobby printing.

Based on my (Completely noobish) experience with the flashforge I couldn't be more satisfied.
I started printing right out of the box and have only recently begun to run into problems as I've started building things close to the max size of the build platform.
Even then, the issues I've run into are more than likely the result of my own errors more than the fault of the printer.

I'd be interested to hear about your experience with them after ordering the printer international. As mine only had to travel through the china domestic shipping channels I got it in about 24 hours and was in immaculate condition. Whether or not it arrives in the same condition after crossing the pond would be interesting to find out.
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What IS a 3D printer?
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
[link] <-- This, is a 3D Printer, and all of the little objects you see in the scene with it, are things that a 3D printer can print.

Specifically, the one shown here is a 3D printer called a Replicator from a company called Makerbot. But there are lots and lots of different 3d printers out there, as the designs and software for them is all OpenSource*.

*(The at-home ones. There are high-end professional models used by the big services like www.shapeways.com that cost around $60,000 and are an entirely different beast.)

We've got a journal with videos demonstrating 3D printers, doing what 3D printers do. --> [link]
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that's amazing! Thanks for sharing, I'd love to try one of these out someday. : D
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