Post by Rocket Pig Games on Jul 21, 2016 19:35:43 GMT -5
We've printed with PLA and ABS but I prefer the PLA due to all the terrible things I have heard about ABS fumes. It makes me a bit nervous to print with it. However, the different methods of cleaning up ABS are appealing. What do you guys think? Have any of you had successful results using ABS and smoothing with acetone? Do you prefer something else? I purchased a Modifi3d and was super excited for it to get here...and it worked like crap and THEN it totally died.
For PLA I just use a razor knife and a Modifi3d, I've heard you can use chloroform to smooth out the ridges. But no way I'm putting that stuff in my house. Ridges don't bother me that much on most of the stuff I print. The Modifi3d took a bit to get used to using and it's very easy to over due the application and scar your print.
I print in PLA and have been looking high and low for a good way to smooth PLA and I'm not really happy with any of the methods. There are several methods using dangerous and/or hard-to-acquire chemicals (like chloroform). Sanding is really only useful on flatter parts. My friend here at work uses a dremel to finish his prints but he only prints things that are already mostly smooth (aside from the print grooves) and doesn't print terrain or miniatures so isn't as concerned about the final appearance.
So what I've settled on for now is a quick dip in acetone followed later by priming with an automotive quality primer that has a builtin "scratch filler" which helps a little to fill in the grooves. I know acetone is not super effective against PLA like it is with ABS, but I've found it does help a little. I'll keep looking for a better way to smooth PLA.
EDIT: Oh and I'm going to be experimenting with different painting techniques to try and minimize the appearance of the print grooves.
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2016 9:56:04 GMT -5 by zoobiedoo
Without testing: Milliput thinned with water might work well. After drying it is hard as hell and can be sanded/drilled. Might give this a try. It has really low shrinkage. Currently using this for custom bases on display miniatures.
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2016 17:49:03 GMT -5 by slidr: typos fixed. always doing everything too fast ;)
Makerbot has some guides to postprocessing 3D prints, but it's really basic information -- sanding out prints, gluing them together, and painting them -- plus techniques that we're unlikely to use for gaming terrain -- adding brass inserts for bolting parts together, silicone molding from 3D printed masters, silicone molding using 3D printed mold boxes, and vacu-forming over 3D printed forms. And the sanding and painting instructions conveniently use parts with nice, smooth curves and few or no protrusions, so they don't have much application to the sort of detailed modelwork that we'll be producing with the dungeon tiles and miscellany.
There are better guides out there, such as the one by MakeZine.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2016 19:50:12 GMT -5 by srmalloy
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