At the Hutt City Libraries (http:// http://library.huttcity.govt.nz) we are running a number of 3d printers that will eventually form part of a Makerspace . Because I am not always there to run the printers, I was keen for a big project that, with the help of the library staff, would keep the printers running for most of the time the library was open. I had came across the Discovery model by metaform3d a while back but it was one of those project that was just so big I had never seriously considered printing it….until now. So I put it to the Library staff, “do we dare print this huge and very cool model?” The answer back was, “Yes, definitely!”
So I processed all the files through Cura and made up a “runsheet” of what needed to be printed and how many. I had anticipated it would keep us entertained for a couple of months. I came back to work the next week to find that the library staff had got stuck into this and all but finished the project. By the end of the week it was done, so I took it all home, got hold of a piece of 6mm diameter steel rod (970mm long) and spent the weekend assembling and painting it. I will admit that I did not go through in detail and make sure every pod matched the movie, nor did I carefully paint the model to match exactly. I just figured it was better than the original green and yellow it was printed in. The main paint was a nice neutral matt gray automotive anti-rust undercoat paint sprayed on. Detailed painting was just matt acrylic washes.
As a bit of amusement I assembled it in a "chibi" form before assembling it properly permanently - the photos include this short layout - cute eh?.
In the end I had a model I was very pleased with and evoked the “Wow!” response anytime it was carried through the public space. We have yet to mount it up, but we’re just thinking about what else we can display with it.
I take my hat off to metaform3d. The design-work and detail in their model is immaculate. I was very impressed the way the components incorporated so many good features to ensure it could only be assembled one way, would not warp, and was all printable. Nice going metaform3d, I have never seen such high quality design. Thanks heaps.
Wanhao i3 Duplicator (Prusa i3)
Total print time was about 47 hours reflecting our slightly coarser settings.
We used support where metaform3d recommended.