Third Print – Testing For Another Future Project

Afinia’s print software allows you to print the interior of objects with a grid-work lattice that strengthens the model, but also allows it to print nicely for any shape. It saves material over a completely solid interior, and you still get the strength of the material.

Last night I decided to try Afinia’s new “Shell” feature which prints your model with nothing in the center at all. I knew this would only work on certain models.

First, here’s the 3D model I’m trying to test print. I’m test-printing, meaning I’m not separating out colors or modeling it in nicely connecting pieces, I’m just printing parts of the model.

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It’s a rocket I designed to be an updated Thunderbird 3 from the Gerry Anderson TV series Thunderbirds. (This model was done in the late 1990s and was later used on the cover of a comic book without my permission, but I later got credit for.) I wanted to update the Thunderbird ship to use no straight lines. Everything is curved, with the exception of the rods sticking up out of the engines.

Here’s the section I wanted to test-print, as seen in the Afinia printing program. The nose cone with the docking neck ring as a single piece. (This would be two pieces in a later, more complete model.)

tb3-nose-cone-section-ready

Here’s what happened when I tried the Shell option. It got to the part in the model where the neck ring has a ledge, and it had nothing to print on, so it extruded out a bunch of plastic hair into the cup shape you see here. Stupidly I removed the junk extrusion before thinking to snap this picture.

tb3-nose-cone-shell-test

So I printed it again with normal (large) interior lattice.

tb3-nose-cone-regular-test

And here is the final product. It’s actually rather nice. But it shows me my model’s circular resolution needs to be brought up quite a bit. It was modeled for a render, not a physical model.

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