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  #1499174 25-Feb-2016 14:23
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I printed this :) cos who doesn't want a batman budda :)






Just when I had convinced myself I don’t need one, you show me this, 3d printer back on the need list.

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  #1499209 25-Feb-2016 14:49
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lol, i just shoved it in a container with acetone soaked cloths similar to this



just using plastic container instead of paint tins.  and I didnt do it upside down like that.   


it looses some detail, the base had a pretty decent pattern on it, which got melted away somewhat, but it makes the rest look a lot better.


also acetone is brilliant to use if you want to stick two piece together (in case a print breaks, my son has broken so many dinosaurs ive printed him)


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  #1499218 25-Feb-2016 15:27
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I always wanted a barbie with alligators head. Are you able to print that? :)


Talking about heads being replaced, this one with Donald Trump's head on to Game of Thrones characters comes close to the batman Buddha :)  



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  #1499493 26-Feb-2016 00:05
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That acetone method is brilliant. I have tried sanding and/or heating with only limited success.
I like my xyz printer, but happily admit that it is more for fun than practical use. I have built a few gadgets and mounts for use in my car and office.
I reckon I enjoy the design challenge as much any part of the process.

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  #1499502 26-Feb-2016 06:34
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Ive got to ask, do you actually get $500 of usefulness out of it ?



I've had a little PrintrBot for over a year. I've probably averaged 4 hours/day of printing.


Certainly not $500 worth of usefulness. But definitely $500 worth of fun. So for me it's a hobby, not a tool.


I have designed & printed a number of useful objects (e.g. a mount to attach my gate latch to the wall). I could have fabricated the same thing from wood (but I really don't enjoy woodworking) or metal. But the benefit of 3D printing is that (a) I can do a prototype or two quickly and cheaply, (b) I can modify it if I want, and (c) I can make another one with practically no work.


Plus I get to learn 3D CAD & design skills. Plus I get to make stuff to a quality that I never could achieve with wood or metal or fibreglass.


Also made a few models and toys and cool stuff.


Having said that, I didn't grab a $500 Da Vinci, although I was tempted. I'd rather build my own-design printer, or maybe buy a Chinese Prusa, than buy a box that just works, but which I know nothing about. OTOH, I'm skeptical that it does just work... there's an art to making really nice objects.



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  #1499991 26-Feb-2016 16:47
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Just glad you didn't print earphones on the Buddha!

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