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Old 11-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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PRID Optimus Trailer

I started this project earlier this year and only now have been able to start producing it. I've had my 3D printer for a week it's awesome.

I've started cleanup on the parts but I plan on smoothing them out more with a vapor bath.

Update 12/9/12
Since using new software to slice and print with the results I'm now getting are so much better that I've been reprinting everything I had begun to work with.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Awesome! What brand of printer did you get?
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:41 AM   #3
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Woah! You have your own printer! this is amazing!

when will you print you DOTM-Trailer? ^^

And Holy Jesus: You could Print your ver yown Leader Blackout and Bonecrusher!!!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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Man, these affordable home 3D printers are a HUGE boon for this hobby. Lots of talented folks, like BH here, can apply their skills to make stuff we'd never see from Takara/Hasbro or even the 3rd-party places.

How long do you think it will take to finish? Please keep us up to date, WIP pics are always cool to see.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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Nice!! was the printer / material expensive? I mean, like how the trailer you wanted to do for DOTM leader prime was just way too expensive... how much would it cost you in materials printing something similar yourself?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:01 AM   #6
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Awesome! What brand of printer did you get?
I got a Solidoodle 2. Kind of a pain, they've been so backlogged with production that the very DAY I received my printer they announced the Solidoodle 3 with an 8" cube build envelope. Mine prints up to 6".

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Woah! You have your own printer! this is amazing!

when will you print you DOTM-Trailer? ^^

And Holy Jesus: You could Print your ver yown Leader Blackout and Bonecrusher!!!!!
The DOTM trailer will be after this. The DOTM trailer is so massive that I had to put it on hold. The PRID trailer, while not small, is definitely helping me prepare for the other trailer.

Leader Blackout and Bonecrusher would be SWEET. Problem is I would have to design them for printing which has taken me a LOT of time. I imagine I will get faster by having a printer now but still, it will only get so fast.

When I model I create the parts to assemble as I go. My goal has been to make sure parts can be resin cast in case I ever get to that stage. I found that with this type of printer though I've had to break some of those piece down because they would never print right. For example the little round bobs above will need to be glued to the back of the wheel hub. I had to separate them otherwise the inside of the hub wouldn't have been flat to lay on the printer.

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Man, these affordable home 3D printers are a HUGE boon for this hobby. Lots of talented folks, like BH here, can apply their skills to make stuff we'd never see from Takara/Hasbro or even the 3rd-party places.

How long do you think it will take to finish? Please keep us up to date, WIP pics are always cool to see.
I've been looking forward to this day for quite some time. I never took to the use of styrene because I wanted to just output a piece I designed digitally. Now there is no lack of hand process (sanding, finishing, assembly) but I don't have to individually make tires or left/right symmetrical pieces.

I'm not sure how long it will take but at the rate I've been going I expect to have most parts printed by this weekend. Thanks! I love seeing WIP pics too.

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Nice!! was the printer / material expensive? I mean, like how the trailer you wanted to do for DOTM leader prime was just way too expensive... how much would it cost you in materials printing something similar yourself?
The printer has a base price of $500. I got the Expert Model that has a heated build platform, acrylic door and cover for an added $100. I just saw the Expert model is now an additional $200.

Filament is not expensive but not uber cheap either, and prices vary a bit depending on where you buy from. I got a 2-lb. roll of white from Solidoodle for $43. I recently purchase 1-lb. rolls from an online source for $18.50 each. Then Makerbot sells filament from $48-55 for 2-lb. rolls. This seems a little pricey but they match Pantone colors.

I still plan on doing the DOTM trailer. I'm not sure how much in filament it will cost. I'll have to weigh it in the end to see. Same with the PRID trailer. Time printing is more of a clincher than filament cost.

Thanks for looking guys! Onward and upward!


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Old 11-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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Nice to see you moving forward with this man. Cant wait to see it all assembled

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Awesome! Will you be putting these trailers on Shapeways?
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I like it so far.


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Old 11-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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Nice to see you moving forward with this man. Cant wait to see it all assembled
You and me both!

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Awesome! Will you be putting these trailers on Shapeways?
Nope. This trailer would be nearly $200 to print in WSF on Shapeways. The DOTM trailer was clocking in around $400-500. That's why I moved forward to get the printer.

If all goes well I do plan on offering the trailer directly. I just need to get everything printed and assembled before moving forward with that. I would LOVE to mold and do resin casts but I'm just not there financially this year. Casting would enable me to make one master print set. That's where I want to go and that's why I design the parts to be cast in a two part mold. Now if I've actually designed the parts correctly for that, we'll see.

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I like it so far.
Thanks mate!


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