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3D Printed Fluttershy Vapor Treated by Athey 3D Printed Fluttershy Vapor Treated by Athey
So, a while back, I printed one of :iconkp-shadowsquirrel:'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 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.
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theangrypencil Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey come by this site - we are working really hard trying to obtain startup funding for this 3D printing company. Thanks!
rensole2k4 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn dude very impressive as always :D
wish this worked with pla haha
leenos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's crazy awesome!
skynetbeta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Interesting this will further my efforts to replicate this [link] finishing system.
Clawed-Nyasu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice! We've been experimenting with vapor treating our ponies for a while, but this method is much more slow and gentle, which is probably why it's more effective. Now to figure it out without a heated bed. xP
Athey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You could probably do it with a kitchen hotplate. My husband compared it to the setup you'd need for melting chocolate/cheese (double-boiler). You'd have water and get it to boiling (100 C) and put the glass jar with the acetone in it, in the water (but suspended, so it's not touching the bottom of the pan - just the water).

The trick is keeping the water at 100C. The heated build platform is very precise, and nice that way.
Clawed-Nyasu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, we use a double boiler too, but we have to get the water super hot for it to retain the heat for any amount of time after taking it off the burner, so the acetone vaporizes very quickly and aggressively--leaving a print in for more than 45 seconds would be disastrous. But upon seeing that article we've definitely been inspired to experiment with different methods.
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having a low-poly background, do you have to model differently for 3D printing?
I was interested in getting some of my models printed, but found they are riddled with STL errors because I have always deleted hidden geometry.
Athey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've always been pretty anal about keeping really clean geometry. It's just a matter of making sure you're mesh is airtight and doesn't have any flipped normals.
Ulysses-31 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Looks very good. Will you paint on the eyes and spots etc? I'm wondering how solid/heavy it is after it is finished like this.
varijani Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student
woow amazing
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