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This was a pain in the butt by Athey This was a pain in the butt by Athey
I've made some more progress on the portal gun I'm trying to make. I had to take a two week break because I ran out of plastic! Ack! Had to order more and wait for it to get here.

Every piece was done except for the white shell over the main body of the gun. The back shell is so large that I have to print it in two pieces. One half takes up the absolute entirety of my print platform.

This piece - just HALF of the back - took about 32 hours to print. Frick'n insanity.

This image shows the progression of in-print, to clean-up, to finished.

And I STILL have another half to print.

3d printer: Makerbot Replicator
Infill: 10% (not that it mattered much - hardly had any opportunity to do infill so it's mostly solid, thus HEAVY)
Slicer: Skienforge
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Tenumbra Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is totally sweet
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it will be worth it in the end !!

I do have to ask how much did your Maker bot cost to buy/build ?
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Basically it cost $2000. I got the version with the duel extruder heads so I can print with two materials at the same time (so, two colors, or I could print with one color and use a 2nd material for support structure. There is a water solluable material that you can print for support, but it's veeery expensive.)

The plastic spools are around $40 each, but two spools (a black and a white spool) lasted me over two months of heavy printing, so it's not like you burn through them really fast.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats what I thought :( the printer is way out of my league :(... such a shame but you put ti to good use :D
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thought I might add that there are cheaper alternatives to the Makerbot Replicator if you're handy with DIY stuff. You can buy kits and put machines together on your own for a considerable savings. You can also order all the pieces individually and build one off of online guides. I've seen one thing that estimated if you went with one of the base RepRap designs, you could build one for as low as $350.

[link] <-- that site has LOTS of information on the subject.
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This guy is doing a kickstarter to start a company to make Makerbot ripoffs for 33% off. [link]

Makerbot is a totally opensource product, so there's actually nothing illegal about what he's doing. (hasn't stopped some people from getting a bit upset over it though - hah)

The argument in his favor is a valid one though - the point of open source is to get something out to as many people as possible, and if he can make them cheaper, it means more people can get them.

Anyway, through his thing, you can get a single extruder makerbot for $1200. So it's more reasonable.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the links :D I will have a read next time I can.
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annaannad693 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Are the raft support scraps reusable in any way or do they go in the bin?
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To the bin. Unfortunately, any raft is wasted material.
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Pinkiewolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Wow.....That's awesome! It'd be even more awesome if you could actually shoot portals out of it, sadly no but its still fun to pretend..I wish I could make that but I dun have the right stuffs!
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