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Made in us
Noble Knight of the Realm





Texas

I jumped into the 3D printing world almost a year ago. I was waiting like many to get a quality FDM printer down into the affordable range. I started out with an A8 clone kit that I built myself and I wholeheartedly recommend it to learn all about the details of the mechanics of 3D printers. After a lot of forum searches, videos, tweaks, I was able to get my A8 printing pretty good. I have a designed game (Cavern Quest Warriors) that I decided to print all of the minis (28mm-32mm for standard sizes) and terrain for 4 box sets for personal and family use. So, I decided to upgrade my printer and went with the Creality Ender 3 Pro, which is right around the $200 range.

There are certainly other printers out there that do as good of a job or better, but I was simply amazed at the level of quality I was getting out of the box with standard .4 nozzle and .1 layer settings. At some point I will go with a .2 nozzle and .06 layer, but these have proven more than adequate for now without taking days to print. Resin printers are certainly better in details, just quite a bit more expensive to buy and run along with other messy issues.

There is still some clean up to do on the prints below and you have to be a little creative on planning and placing your supports, but these have really come out well IMHO. I have printed over 100 minis and 120 pieces of terrain and am only about 1/3 the way through my project. Every single .stl file I have found has been from Thingiverse.com and it has never failed to provide almost anything I need.

Anyone else have some good minis they printed they would like to share?
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My Novella Collection is available on Amazon - Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - https://www.amazon.com/Three-Roads-Dreamt-Michael-Leonard/dp/1505716993/

Check out Cavern Quest Warriors - KS page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mdsw/637658982?ref=hrvixe&token=c90a87c6 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Those look really good! I've been going back and forth on buying a 3D printer (since most of my gaming is online these days :( ), but I love going on Hero Forge or whatnot and building my characters.

Do you have a link to the printer you've been using?
   
Made in us
Noble Knight of the Realm





Texas

I am using the Ender 3 Pro, which is available from a variety of places (Amazon has various sources) and I got it through Amazon direct from Creality. There are other distributors selling it, but wanted Amazon with their easy return policy and direct from Creality to make sure I was getting the latest version. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K3SZBHJ/

You can also go directly to the Creality site to buy it and i think they would be the cheapest - it was on sale not too long ago.

My Novella Collection is available on Amazon - Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - https://www.amazon.com/Three-Roads-Dreamt-Michael-Leonard/dp/1505716993/

Check out Cavern Quest Warriors - KS page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mdsw/637658982?ref=hrvixe&token=c90a87c6 
   
Made in us
Noble Knight of the Realm





Texas

And here are some Orcs I found on Thingiverse that I shrunk down for goblins. These are about 22mm tall.

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My Novella Collection is available on Amazon - Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - https://www.amazon.com/Three-Roads-Dreamt-Michael-Leonard/dp/1505716993/

Check out Cavern Quest Warriors - KS page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mdsw/637658982?ref=hrvixe&token=c90a87c6 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






That's much better than I'd have expected for an FDM printer. I recently picked up an entry level resin printer myself during a recent sale and am very impressed with the results. With a little bit of tinkered (or cut and pasting parts of 3d models), you really can create custom minis at home nowadays thanks to sites like thingiverse.

   
 
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