3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

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    3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Im slowly working on a 3D printable EE-3 Blaster

    This is what I have so far, just not sure if the dimensions are accurate. I have a feeling its tad too big



    Also I fully intend to share this model for others to download when it is closer to completion.

    Most of my work is already published here: About AprilStorm - Thingiverse

    thanks

    April

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    I keep on getting side tracked on other projects, but I have managed to print out the barrel.

    I've just got it next to a kids Hasbro EE-3 for a comparison on scale.



    I will be working on the rest of it hopefully this weekend.

    April

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    Looks good! Is the substrate ABS? If it is, you can smooth out the print 'lines' by suspending the piece over a bath of acetone and slowly heating the acetone until it starts to vaporize (around 50 degrees C).

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Yes its ABS, and yes I have done the Acetone vapor thing before. The trick is to ensure its applied evenly which isnt that easy to do. While the vapor technique works well for small things for something this large I actually use a combination of a mouse sander, a power file and something I call ABS goo, which is basically a gooey paint made with ABS melted in acetone. Works reasonably well.

    April

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    Good info to know; We're getting a 3D printer here at work soon, and I have plans for some 3D prop building myself!

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    I made some more progress with the rest of the blaster:


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    Really love how this is coming along! Great work April!

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    This is pretty friggin sweet! Would you be planning on making this and using it as is, or using this as a master and making molds to cast in rubber or foam or resin or whatever.

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Ok, so here is the first prototype:



    I just used a cheap $8 scope from ebay that was approximately the correct size rather than printing it, what I did was print the clamps for it instead which turned out better than expected and work just like real ones, just plastic.

    The only thing I messed up with on this was I scaled the stock and handle section too big, they should be 10% smaller, but I will finish this one and just use it for my custom mando, then fix up the model and print it again.



    April

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    wow! that looks great! you did a really good job with this!

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Shape of the back of the stock seems off

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    I agree the stock & stock attachment shape doesn't look right.

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Very cool work! Do you think this will be able to print in metal? or will it me too heavy to solidify? BTW I love that you are using a real scope, that will look great.

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    As I said, I wasnt 100% happy with it, but I will bring it to completion as I need a lightweight blaster for my custom mando, having recently hurt my shoulder.

    Yes, some more work is necessary to make it 100%, but that will not take too long, the stock and attachment are probably the two simplest parts of the model.

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    I have been looking for a reason to get a 3d printer and this may be it. I have other uses for it but this could be the motivation i need. You are very generous to share your hard work.

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    I have no idea how much people charge for these types of props, I have only ever scratch built, but I have to say, aside from the cost savings making your own stuff is very rewarding.


    Anyway, since I printed it, I thought I'd may as well finish it, including the defects: Still looks "ok" but yeah I may as well fix it up.


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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    You are very talented with this stuff April. A shame you are in TAG and not the SCG. Feel like moving north to our Garrison?

    I want one of these badly..............

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    So cool!

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    I have no idea how much a 3d printer costs or the matts needed for it, but to print out and all that how much would you charge someone?

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    I was thinking around the 120 mark, but it's not ready yet. This was printed on a $1000 printer that's nothing special BTW. The current model is up on thingiverse if anyone wants to download and print it.

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    That would be a killer price for one of these. I would totally buy one. Also great work on this one can tell you put a lot of work into it.





    Chris

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    aprilstorm said: View Post
    I was thinking around the 120 mark, but it's not ready yet. This was printed on a $1000 printer that's nothing special BTW. The current model is up on thingiverse if anyone wants to download and print it.
    Down for it when you are ready..........

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    I'm no expert, but I think to have been "printed" it's pretty awesome!

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    $1,250-2,500 entry level 3d printers are becoming more and more relevant these days. The concept of pressing go on the printer and going to work an 8 hr shift to return to finished pieces everyday is something to marvel at.

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    Re: 3D printed EE-3 Work in progress

    Very nice, I sawa this on thingverse, barrel file seems to be missing? Or did you do somethign different for that?

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