Today I did some more miniatures on the Resin Printer. The one thing I have learned is that I am going to have to up my game in the post printing stage. Although I was trying to avoid the ISO, I think I am going to need it to get rid of a lot more of the liquid resin off the miniatures.
I will do some more testing tomorrow with the meths and see if that will work and if not then I will need to get some more ISO in.
In the first picture we have a merchant, lamp lighter, jailer, spearman, sailor and rat catcher. In the second we have a villager and a troll thingy (brain dead and can’t think of the name) and then we have a mix of spearmint and archers with a lone guard and another jailer. The last lot were done at 10 seconds a layer.
Tomorrow I think I will do an individual figure at different time per layer. It will probably be something small (and faster) and really try to get things clean.
Wish me luck!
My eldest wanted to do some sea creatures today but unfortunately, I had a support failure. It was the first time I had tried supports, so that will be the next thing to master after cleaning things.
The one thing that just struck me as I was about to sign off is that I am still printing at the standard resolution for the printer. I haven’t actually tried higher resolution. Something to ponder the future.
Today I was having a mooch like you do and ended up getting myself some Ancient Greek trireme (or something similar) I also got some 6mm buildings (which evidently aren’t)
But the boats are nice if a little large. I will drop the size down by half I think (if not by more) as I have Poseidon’s warriors rules, it seemed a good idea…
From what I remember there are ten different boats, I printed three off at this size as the vat still had resin in it.
I also set off to print the third set of townsfolk and somehow ended up printing the second lot again.
The printer also had a moment. For some reason when I put the plate back on and it tried to head down at an angle. Luckily it didn’t puncture the FEP film on the vat, but it had a damn good try.
I also had a moment. I was holding my sieve in a pot so merrily poured 300ml of cleaning water into a 100ml pot… needles to say it didn’t fit. Did I pour it in slowly? Did I bugger! Water everywhere! I also learned an important lesson, when you shove uncured miniatures into a water bath with cured resin in and swish it about then the cured resins merrily sticks to the uncured stuff. Hence the need of a water clean as mentioned above.
Tomorrow I will print off the third set of townsfolk and also see what actual size the building are…
Another day of testing the printer… As I said I would I bumped up the cure time to 9 seconds. and it does look a bit better. The problem is that I printed different miniatures to last time.
So from left to right we have:
Lady of ill repute.
I found the reason for my layer shift today… a simple case of user error. If you look at the photo below… you will just about see a nut above the Anycubic logo. The twice I have forgotten to tighten it fully then I got a shift.
You can really see it with the two koi below…
So note to self, I will need to ensure that the nut is tightened. It doesn’t matter really with these supportless miniatures, but when I move onto supports then a layer shift can cause a right pain I would imagine.
One other thing of note with these is that these bases are an absolute sod to get off the plate. For the next lot I am going to put a little gap under the edge of the base to allow a blade to fit in easily.
Today I spent a good while adding bases to miniatures in 3D builder. I found the bases on Thingiverse, but sadly forgot to note down the designers name, I just went and found them as credit, where credit due…
So I ended up adding eighteen I’ll Gotten Games miniatures onto the Ecaroth bases and these are the first half dozen.
So here we have:
These six took 2hours 48 minutes to print. Now personally I think I should have cleaned them a bit more, but let’s say 3 hours tops plus curing time.
Now with these I dropped the layer curing time from 8 seconds to seven to see if it was over exposing. Next lot I will bump up to 9 seconds and see if there is a difference (the first lot were done on stock settings of 8 seconds per 0.5 layers.
I would have done some more today, but my eldest snaffle the laptop for her Zoom singing thing, so I will resolve at 9 seconds tomorrow.
In terms of resin usage, they came in at around 30 grams, so hardly anything at all. I checked the resin and actually I bought plant based, which was what I was originally going to get. This states it can be washed in soapy water.
Tomorrow I will carry on with my first steps…. someday I am going to have to add supports 😱.
My next rock group name … Resin People and the Undead.
So today, after my successful first print I decided to have a go at some miniatures. These are some of the Ill Gotten Games Townsfolke.
As I said I would, I went and washed some in ISO and some in meths. I printed a single mini too which I washed in soapy water.
So what do they look like?
The details are quite soft on the faces, I think that this is under exposure as the print cures. I will need to dial things in a bit and re test.
But anyway, the ones on the left were washed in ISO and the ones on the right in meths. Not to be honest I can’t tell the difference at first glance. They were all put outside in the sun and left for a few hours then taken inside and put under the lamp.
As mentioned I also printed another milk maid and this time washed her in soapy water. Once washed I coated it in washing up lights and rubbed it in, then rinsed off and threw it under the lamp (it was dark by time she was ready).
This is where things got interesting….
The one on the left is the one done in water and the other is the one done with ISO. Now they are definitely different colours under the light. One has just gone under the light the other has been outside and then spent a few hours under the lamp.it will be interesting to see if they both end up the same colour this time tomorrow. The others look dark as they were out of the direct light source.
I also managed to get my Undead up to the basing level. Hopefully tomorrow I will get them done and onto the next thing.
So today I printed my 120 x 90mm base for my allosaurus. I also spent ages finding various jungle/fantasy plants to go with the various bases.
I even designed a big base with multiple plants on it, but as it was going to take 8 hours plus to print then I thought sod it and just sliced various plants instead.
Anyway the base was a success, it is the same size as the GW one… so I will get it onto it tomorrow and then based up.
I then decided to print a tree thing… kept going back and It was taking forever! So after 4 and a half hours I went in and noticed that some of the support had fallen over, so after a bit of swearing I cancelled the print and took it off the plate. It was only then that two things struck me… then first was that it didn’t need supports and that second the actual print was perfect!
I will re slice it tomorrow, without the supports and hopefully get a nice tree out of it.
Didn’t get any painting done today as we played Journeys in Middle Earth. Four of us went on an adventure. I think it was a bit slow paced for my 9 year old but the girls and I enjoyed it.
We ended it, with Legolas and one of the others about to get their backsides kicked very hard by three nasty orkses.
This was the longest print I have ever done. 17 hours 45 minutes. But is is a very nice piece. There are a few bits on it that have a bit of weird under extrusion. The nearest gate has a couple of spots just to the left of the gate. They can just be about seen.
My plan is to print two of these as well as one top, which again doubles as a very large room.
The box is ideal for storing the pieces in, in fact it was designed that way.
I randomly shoved some tiles and minis in the spaces to take the photograph.
I decided to print off some of the Meeple trees too. I will print off the bases tomorrow.
Sadly I didn’t get anything painted as it was my ‘ex’ staff night out and my daughter had a shindig too. I just got in and took the photos. I want a cup of tea and then off to bed I go.
I was out playing some more Journeys in Middle Earth. Once again we won the mission through the skin of our teeth. It would have helped win sooner if we had noticed that we had missed a major objective. So we failed to catch the spy. My card draws were useless at times. At least twice I managed to get no successes at all even though I drew four cards. It would have helped if I had some bonus tokens, but sadly not!
I have sprayed the Wargs and about 4 riders of Rohan this evening. They are curing until to tomorrow evening.
Some more heroes and villains.
Some are obvious others less so….second row, second in an elf fighter, extreme right is an undead liche.
First on the third row, a sea captain, or someone doing ‘greased Lightning’ dance moves. The last one on that row is a thief, but would also work as an assassin.
I printed off another floor tile and once again I managed to snap it at the first set of tiles…
The crack is inline with stairs and the tomb. Hopefully it will add a bit of strength.
I have a pile of plasticard and I think to avoid this happening again I will glue these onto the plasticard. It will stop them being double sided, but it will also stop them cracking during use.