So, a while back, I printed one of
's My Little Pony models, as a test for my makerbot. It can be found here:
So last week, one of my buddies, who has a 3d Printer (a RepRap) brought over these prints he'd made, and I was STUNNED by them. Photos of the two prints can be found here:
Astounding New Technique for Smoothing PrintsI'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 -
So, obviously, I wanted to know how the holy hell he had managed to do this, and he pointed me to this post on Reddit he'd found. (the journal above links to the page on reprap.org that describes the process) I just HAD to try it out, and the first thing that came to mind were *KP-ShadowSquirrel
's ponies, so I loaded up another one and printed it a couple days ago. Today, I finally got all the stuff I needed (Had to find a large enough glass jar that would still fit on my heated build platform) and did it.
I still managed to screw up a bit - bumped a piece of the tail and one of her hind legs while it was still soft, so you can see a couple little knicks, but overall, I find the results AMAZING. So this is just... awesome. So awesome. And super-easy, too.