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Old 01-12-2020, 02:12 PM
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Default First 3D printed part

First part I designed and printed. Its not perfect, but a fairly good start I think. The wife got me a Ender3 Pro for christmas, and this is the first part I made myself.


3D printed bumper by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:02 PM
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not too bad for a rookie. =)

more shells (aka perimeters) will give a nicer outer finish.

not really sure what you did on the inside (side obviously facing the build plate), but should not be able to see the infill like that...
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:36 PM
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That is all of the supports I didn't trim out of the bumper. Was too excited to get it put on the truck than worry about cleaning it up fully.

Its the first thing I managed to get designed in FreeCAD after a lot of how to videos and swearing at the computer. I'm kind of surprised I managed to get it this well figured out so it was even printable.

Will step up the number of shells I print after I try and get a little better design figured out.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:43 AM
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awesome. and yeah, it is really satisfying to create your own stuff and actually hold it in your hands

there are better programs out there for creating the models.
one of my personal favorites is 123D Design. It was created by Autodesk, and is super simple to use. They no longer support it, but it is out there and freely available still.

I also use Blender for tweaking files - very powerful tool.
Meshmixer is another one used for tweaking/modifying.

And for what it is worth, white is actually one of the hardest colors to work with in 3d printing, so you done good.
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I have Blender, and its nuts how much it can do without costing a fortune. Also downloaded Design Spark Mechanical, haven't played with it much.

My wife got me a spool of white PLA and a spool of black. I just started with the white as I figured it would be easier to paint when trying things out. I found a guy on thingverse that has a bunch of Battletech minis. So I printed out a 110mm tall Timber Wolf.
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yeah, Blender is an amazing piece of software for being free.

for painting, yeah white would be easier than black, but the best "color" to print with and have it paintable is natural. no colorants at all.

I tend to be a bit of a color freak.. I have a bunch of colors (around 25-30 or so in ABS and a few in PLA), and choose which to use based on what I am printing, lol

for something like your bumper, I have a "silver" that would look decent.. it actually looks more like pewter, or maybe bare steel...
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Old 01-26-2020, 05:30 PM
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I had thought about using a gray or silver for parts as if they get scratched or gouged it would look like raw steel under the paint. I'll work on getting good at designing and printing before I worry too much about color.
Just did a fuel tank for my CXT and got the bumper mount for the HPI figured out.
The CXT sitting next to the wife's HPI Venture with the Proline Power Wagon body by Gordon Latimer, on Flickr
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