The 3d printing experience has been a mix of joy and despair, success and failure - just like life. However, this is not the post to get into that. What I have found is that once the printer is up and running, design is what really matters.
Over on my wargaming blog I have posted some of the things I have been printing. The open forge dungeon tiles by Devon Jones were a success - sadly I found that after I printed a bunch, I really wasn't going to get back into RPGs. They have been passed onto another home where I hope they will be of use. Very successful were the pill boxes I printed up in part for a contest for Chain of Command, Pictures over on Mike Whitaker's blog
Printing slowed down a lot, one of the major reasons being that I didn't want to just print crap, the second being that the design process can take longer than one thinks. However I seemed to have turned a corner on that.
A while back, my friends Marc and Dan decided to suck me into the world of Gruntz a 15mm Sci-fi rule set. I had some very old Martian Metals figures for power armour but no vehicles. I did some mucking around in OpenScad and came up with these based very loosely on the Alvis Saladin series of vehicles :
They aren't bad and even made it on the table:
When I posted the OpenScad previews in the 15mm wargaming group on Facebook, I was surprised that I had several questions about where to buy them and a message from a friend saying he can cast resin. While they were good enough for the table, I wanted to work on them to bring them up to a reasonable standard before looking into if it would be economical to get into producing them commercially. The I got sidetracked a bit and came up with a heavy tank version:
|Heavy Tank side view|
|Heavy Tank top view|