Gnomedozer, Snap-fit Model

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Gnomedozer, Snap-fit Model by dutchmogul Sep 14, 2013

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Another derivation off of MakerBot's excellent gnome model. All of the pieces are printed to assemble (no glue required) and the gnomish foreman can be removed from the vehicle. Similar to my previous gnome remix, this guy and his vehicle are scaled for 28mm gaming, if you're into that kind of thing. And I am.

Shown with MakerBot's equally awesome crystals: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:140965

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How long does it take to make?

This is a great one, love it and made it. If I may, I'd recommend rethinking the way the dozer body snaps to the tracks - currently it requires ideal precision from the printer, that don't many have. I'll be gluing it, so no big deal. Thanks a lot for the design, it's awesome!

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Dat paint job!
Is it Spray?
I'm trying to learn...
The model is very good too!

Will it scale up OK? I'm thinking like 300%

It should! Whatever will still fit in your build plate. Hard to say how it'll affect the tolerances, I suppose, but it's worth a shot.

Woot, grats on the feature!

Thanks, Jason!

How do you paint the gem on his helmet?

How did you paint the gem?

The crystals? I used dry brushing techniques. If you google that, you'll find lots of tutorials.

sorry i mean the diamond on his helmet!

Oh, I think I just globbed paint on there. That seemed to work okay. Nail polish is good for that as well.

Mine didn't need any, though you might need a pretty well-leveled build plate.

And also what percentage infill?

thanks how long did it take you to print the whole thing

I believe I did mine at a .2 layer height with 15% infill, though I probably printed the gnome at a .1. This whole kit should print within a couple of hours.

Ok thank you for the help and the quick reply! i will start printing tonight!

You're welcome! Post pics!!

is there a file for the basalt columns in the pic ?

Yeah, it's MakerBot's crystal models. The link is under my description.

Can't wait to try this one out. My printer is currently tied up with the Hulk model, but will start this one as soon as I can!

im having an issue with the treads, did you print them in a different orientation to what they are now? the overhand on the bumps are causing an issue

No, I printed them as they're posted. Hm... I'll take a look at the model and see if there's a better method.

I couldn't find a better position, but your printer can't print them as is, you could always print with support or cut them in half and print them on the flat ends then glue them together, though I know that sort of defeats the purpose.

yeah, the issue i had was that the treads triangular shaped so the printer prints a line in the air and then goes back to the part making abit of a mess. is there a way to make them flatter so the printer just makes a straight movement to make the treads instead of making them triangular?

i will try split it but i would like to keep this awesome model as close to snap fit as possible, its a great model and i absolutly need to print a x3 if not bigger of this model to have on the shelf. i think 20 microns should do well :)

oh my god i love this, waititng for my 0.1 nozzle to arrive

Very cool! Did you use support material? I'm thinking that the tread pieces might work better on their side, with support?

Hey, thanks!~ Man, I'm rocking a single-extruder Rep 1, so sadly, I can't print with support. But yes, I think that would work way better.

How did you paint this??

Just acrylic model paints, directly onto the black ABS surface.

Do you have some video how to paint? I'm sorry but I really want to learn how to paint this way.

This takes the cake. Queue up for printing today (while I paint another of your models). Great work!

Wow, thanks, man! Looking forward to seeing the print/ whatever you're currently painting! I hope the tolerances work equally well in PLA ( I think they will). Oh, and he should be just fine scaled up, btw.

Just made one! Didn't glue it yet cause I want to paint it. May have to print at maximum build plate sometime :)

Rad!! Actually, I didn't glue mine. You might n
ot need to.

Another awesome model again, almost puts some miniatures to shame with the superb paintjob!

What kind of slicer program do you use?

Replicator G, sir.

My favorite part of playing D&D as a kid was painting the lead figures. You're so good at it!

Thanks, Bre! I've been painting since I was twelve (before I was technically allowed to play D&D). Some of my fondest memories involve my collection of lead models. If only I'd kept more of them, I could bring them back via scanner. Man... I might have to do that....

Absolutely amazing!

Thanks, dude!

wicked!! he's a miner for sure :P Nice paintjob! I always love that how you give it a touchup :-) Keeps reminding me to get some decent paints myself!

Hey, thanks, man. Yeah, get some paints! You can paint right onto black ABS, it works really well.