Hey all, My first Radicons post! This all began way back in 2007 as a continuation of my collaboration with Primus on his excellent Blockables project; in order to sell the idea further, I began creating an engineering model in 3D for a potential prototype, but my limited understanding of clearances and tolerances left the whole thing in a borked, unfinished state. However, it did give me a lot of good ideas on how to proceed in the future. Fast-forward to Delta Star's top-notch WST creations, and my subsequent introduction to Shapeways | passionate about creating, and further inspiration from Venksta's brilliantly-conceived weapon sets for Classic Prime and Megs; I decided to create a new engineering model as a proof-of-concept to see what works and what doesn't, and get it printed. Cue renders of the model's components: How it all goes together: And the finished model: One upload to Shapeways and a PayPal payment later... (Apologies for the awful quality of the pix, in my impatience I hadn't set my camera up correctly...) So far, so good: Success - the two sections fitted perfectly with no stress, and the ball-joint works like a charm: And with the translucent piece slotted into place: The one thing I was really looking forward to checking, and it turned out better than I had hoped for: And a quick scale check against BT Jazz: So overall, mission pretty much successful, and now I also have an additional string to my corporate bow as well. Could things have been better? Sure, I learned that recessed detail will need to be a little deeper in order to show up better, and that certain clearances will need to be made a fraction larger, but I'm really happy with the results. Finally, I'm pretty sure I read that Shapeways are investigating the possibility of obtaining a 3D printer that applies colour at source (either from procedural materials or texture maps). With that in mind, I thought that a couple of 'paint app' variations might be in order, with an eye on another proof order as and when the tech becomes available: And this is just the beginning... Happy (insert relevant Yuletide festival here) to one and all, and may the vast majority of your presents come in the shape of big stompy robots!