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Plated 3D printed Macaw skull

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Mostly Fantasy, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Mostly Fantasy

    Mostly Fantasy New Member

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    Here's a test I did for work of a copper plated 3D printed Macaw skull- enjoy!

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  2. Orkman-X

    Orkman-X New Member

    this is printed from scratch where scrath is the 3D scan?
     

  3. Mostly Fantasy

    Mostly Fantasy New Member

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    There was a 3D scan available online, but I had to do quite a bit of cleanup before it was ready to print.
     
  4. AH7

    AH7 New Member

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    Do the mandible!
     
  5. AH7

    AH7 New Member

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    Would be super cool to color the beak differently. If it is real metal, then you could iodize either the skull or beak - that would create a great look.
     
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Yes, please. I would even be interested in buying one from you if you printed out another one.
     
  7. AH7

    AH7 New Member

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    Me too!
     
  8. Me three!
     
  9. bone-o

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    was it printed in plastic before the coating? What type of printer?
     
  10. Mostly Fantasy

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    Wow, didn't know there'd be such a good response!! It was a stereolithography machine (SLA). I did very little cleanup, as I coated it with a clear coat prior to sending to the plater in order to test their ability to plate over a clear coating (which eliminates a LOT of cleanup!). They plated in copper, as it's the base coat for any other metal, and polished it before sending back. I had to clear coat as copper discolors with the natural oils in our skin. What I could do is add transparent color to the clear coat, sort of a "candy apple" effect, and do the beak/skull in different colors. They also have the ability to plate in different metals/polish them, but the cost can be pretty prohibitive. I'm experimenting with having them do the plating, then tumble the unpolished parts to get the shine. I'm also sending files out to be printed directly in metal, to see how the costs compare- so far, looks like printing in metal is more cost effective. If others are really interested, I'll post progress pics. I have a lot of skull files I can print, and just got a scanner so I'm always adding to the collection. Let me know if you're interested!
    Thanks!
     
  11. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    POSITIVELY interested. Would even be interested in just plain plastic versions if they were cheaper.
     
  12. bone-o

    bone-o New Member

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    Optical scanner or x-ray?
     
  13. Mostly Fantasy

    Mostly Fantasy New Member

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    I believe it was from an external scanner.
     
  14. lokireptiles

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    Its interesting that you posted this -
    I have been wondering how good 3d scans and printing have become.

    Thanks keep on posting! I will be positively interested.