Updated pricing: 13.02.20
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3D printing minis
Hey guys, as some of you know I make/sell 3d printed miniatures, terrain and tools for tabletop games.
I want to offer my services to those of you who are looking to get themselves a certain mini for their game, be it a large boss monster to impress your group with, a hero mini as birthday present for a player or just a simple pack of wolves because you love slaying those furry bastards.
What I can print
I can print small or large miniatures at different detail grades. For standard miniatures that you would use for your PCs I will use resin. In quality these are similar or even better than the miniatures you can buy at stores.
(Please see the pictures below for examples)
Larger minis will be made from plastic and will look less crisp but at large sizes that won’t matter too much.
Of course, apart from minis I can also print terrain or utility tools such as dice boxes, dice trays, dice towers or anything of that sort. I can also design simple models such as dice trays or boxes myself. Worktime is expensive though and I’m still learning
Pricing (Update: 14.03.2020)
4 euro per standard 28mm adventurer including base. Not primed.
If you purchase the same miniature model multiple times you will get a discount.
The prizes depend heavily on what you want printed and in what resolution and material.
Larger miniatures are more expensive than smaller ones even if the detail of the smaller ones is sometimes higher.
How to Contact me
Send me a DM here in the forum or on discord.
You can also send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideally, ill just hand out minis at the adventure league games. If I can’t make it for a while, we can meet in Vienna - should be arrangeable. I can also send them by post, if you pay the shipping costs.
Where to find models (Update: 12.01.2020)
Free models can be found on various websites. I will list my go-to websites here and a few creators of free miniatures.
- STL Search Engine: Yeggi.com
- Miguel Zavala on Shapeways
- https://www.thingiverse.com/schlossbauer/about (great minis for horror games)
In order for me to be allowed to print a file for you, you (the client) must have the legal rights to the file. In the case of free files from a website this is won’t be an issue. Online you can find a bazillion of free models with super high quality. About 95% of models I printed so far were available for free.
However, if the file you want printed originates from a patreon, kickstarter or is for sale, I can only print it if you can prove that you gained access to the file legally. Also, I am legally obligated to delete my copy of the file after printing finished.
Technical stuff: ignore this unless you are interested.
Printers & Materials
Resin printers have a lot smaller build volumes than FDM printers, but also offer better resolutions. That is why small objects will be printed in resin while larger objects will be done in plastic.
2 modded Ender3 about 220x220x250.
1 Vivedino Formbot (under repair) 400x400x500
Anycubic Photon 115x65x115
For a good resin print I need to place supports manually, which takes considerable time and effort.
The process of printing a resin miniconsists of 3 phases:
Preparing the model.
I prepare the for printing by choosing the orientation, placing supports, and validation of the prepared file.This takes up to 30minutes per model depending on the complexity.
Actually printing the file.
This takes between 5 and 24 hours depending on the object size the and level of detail we want to achieve. The time also changes based on material since I need to adjust the exposure time.
Resin prints need a decent amount of post-work. I need to wash the residual resin off in Isopropanol Alcohol, remove supports, brush it off, post-cure it, and sand off any blemishes or residual support pieces. Optionally, I could also prime the models for painting later.
Printing 3 different minis is more effort than printing the same miniature model 6 times, because I have to go through Step 1 for each different model. Once the models are prepared properly, they are very unlikely to fail and I can print multiple pieces at a time.
Resin is a more expensive material. I currently try to go for the best cost/quality ration resins to make it affordable. My resin costs about 45-60 Euro per liter.For the post-work there are some products I need to buy additionally, such as the alcohol and gloves to protect myself from the chemicals. This adds to the cost.
Plastic prints are more efficient at printing larger objects due to the larger build volume. There are many colors available for the material that is sold in 1kg spools. For miniatures PLA is the standard material. Small miniatures can also be printed with plastic but small details will be lost. For large miniatures e.g. a dragon, FDM is perfect.
FDM prints need a lot of care with the print settings, fare moreso than Resin printers, but it is less manual work and more experimenting. Once a print is finished I need to remove the supports with pliers and cutters, and then sand the places where the supports connected.
Example prints (bad camera)
Aboleth. Model by Duncan Shadow Louca (STL via Patreon/purchasable from his shop) Painted by my friend Laszus.