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3d printing the Drake Cutlass

Xue

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Well,... don't know if anyone already had a go at it, but I thought since I recently invested in a 3d printer, and in a Cutlass as well, I'll go ahead and give it a try, at 3d printing the ship :)

Acording to what I can see about the modell in my hangar, I tried to prepare the modell for printing, though, I have to admit,... the finished modell will probably have a second pair of thrusters at the front ;)
I loved the concept art so, I really wanna see it as a modell like that.

Here u can see some pictures of the progress I made with modelling the main hull, the cockpit, as well as the turret and front wings.
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And this is as far as I got with the modell right now:
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The first two parts of the main hull, as well as the cockpit are currently printing:
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I will have to print the main body in several parts, as the ship is going to be aproximatly 1:100 in Scale and my printer will only handle 15x15x15cm
I expect the first three parts to finish in around 15 hours, so, lets see how it'll turn out ;)

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and here's just the imgur gallery as well :)
Part1 - getting started
Part2 - putting the main hull together
Part3 - engines
Part4 - overall progress
Part5 - first layer of paint
Part6 - new primer
Part7 - adding detail
Part8 - final look (for now)

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Here are the images of the almost finished Cutlass so far ;)
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video:
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  • Bluntoze

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    Interesting.
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  • Akaroc

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    Very cool and I look forward to seeing your finished product. Makes me want to get a 3D printer.
  • theinfi

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    you know I like it, looking forward to the finished print ... in a few days :D
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  • Quicksilver

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    Very interesting. Makes you wonder how long it would take to print a fullsize version of the ship. But then you'd probably need a much larger printer and tons of cash in printing material :D
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  • T-Dog

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    A buddy of mine at work that has a Makerbot and he prints tanks in pieces.. they are really amazing when they are done.

    He uses bondo and sands stuff smooth. I can get you in touch with him if you want to talk to him more about his techniques.

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  • Waytrekker

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    Very cool Phil.
    Could you give us some info on what 3D printer you are using, etc.?
  • aramyll

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    I am very interested in this cause I was considering buying a 3d printer to do just this. can you give me info on how much the printer cost, where you got it and essentially where you get the materials and the blue prints to make each individual item or piece???
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  • saks

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    very cool!
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  • K-Max

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    Nice
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  • Xue

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    A buddy of mine at work that has a Makerbot and he prints tanks in pieces.. they are really amazing when they are done.

    He uses bondo and sands stuff smooth. I can get you in touch with him if you want to talk to him more about his techniques.

    WOW!! Really awesome modell!
    I know there's still a lot to do after printing. Luckily I still got quite a lot of materials from other modells I ever worked on before I got the printer ;) But I'll gladly come back to it, if I need some help!

    As for the printer, I'm using the solidoodle 2 here. I have to say, I'm really happy with it. Took some time to set it up, and find out about some small tricks to get the filament to stick to the printbed, but now everything works perfect.
    It's actually not that expensive. The base modell I think is just about 500$. I got the heated printbed in addition, so mine was 600$.

    The materials I got from amazon. I'm basically still just testing, though I've made some prints already, which turned out fine.
    As for the blueprints,... I don't really have any. The modells I've printed so far have all been made by myself in 3ds max.

    And the Cutlass, I extracted the modell from the cryengine and exported it as an obj file.
    Though I basically have to remodell the whole thing, as the modell that comes from the cryengine is not fit for 3d printing.
    I can cust use it as a rough reference.

  • Xue

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    So, seems I underestimated the printing time a bit!
    Woke up to see, that the printer is still working, but I guess during my lunchbreak I will be able to get the first three parts.

    But as you can see, the cockpit is already finished.
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    Can't wait to get the parts out, and go on with the next steps ;)
  • TheGekkie

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    Very Interesting, I recently ordered a 3D printer myself and I know what I'm going to do with it first.. make myself a Space BMW
  • Kjasi

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    Maybe less filler for the next printing would speed things up?

    Very excited to see the results of this!
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  • Beggar

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    You'll have yourself a nice version of each of your hanger ships - very nice. I would buy one of those, but Mrs Beggar would definitely not like that.

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  • Xue

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    So, finally, the first three parts are finished :)
    Next is the middle part of the main hull and the turret, as well as the front wings.

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    Here you can see the first parts, and I already used a bit of putty, to get everything smooth.
    Gotta say, works perfect!
  • theinfi

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    awesome, you could put reflective tape on the cockpit area to make it shine, literally.
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  • an0

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    f7944_ORIG-i_am_monitoring_this_thread.j Looks so awesome please post Pics of every step you do.
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  • Jestr

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    Been looking at 3d printers and settled on the solidoodle 3. Now the long, painful wait until it gets here :) One of the reasons I want one is to do exactly this!

    Nice work so far, looking forward to updates!
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  • Gragrajag

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    Awesome work! I have been considering buying a 3d Printer. It looks like you have the bare bones Solidoodle no?
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    cool
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  • Xue

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    Been looking at 3d printers and settled on the solidoodle 3. Now the long, painful wait until it gets here :) One of the reasons I want one is to do exactly this!

    Nice work so far, looking forward to updates!

    Hah,... I know that feeling, when I ordered mine :D
    Plus the expenses for the Austrian customs,... hmpf
    Well, but still worth it ;)

    Awesome work! I have been considering buying a 3d Printer. It looks like you have the bare bones Solidoodle no?

    Yup, it's the solidoodle, the modell with the heated printbed, just withouth the case.

    And just a short update today, as the main hull is still printing.
    But here's the layout of the engine parts. Finally got that part modelled, so I guess about 90% of the 3d modell are now prepared for printing!
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  • Valensiakol

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    Awesome! Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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  • SerErris

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    Me too ... I bookmarked this thread :)
  • Dicefailure

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    +1 for pure awesome sauce. Can't wait to see the final product. Appreciate all the on going pics too!
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  • JoinerJack

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    Soooo cool!
  • StarStuff

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    Bookmarked!
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  • talpan

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    awesome
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  • voicesdark

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    I can't wait for the day that not only will 3d printers be so inexpensive that they'll pretty much be in every home, but when they are able to print large scale one piece items and with multiple materials.
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  • Sigma957

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    They are affordable now.

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    I'll get one in a few years myself. Let my artistic side out.
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