This is a 1 Meter long TOS Enterprise. It is cut up into parts that can be printed without supports. Included is a large sized Instruction sheet that lays out how many of each tab to print.
The individual parts are full mesh resolution and oriented to print. It is a collection of huge file sizes. But carries decent detail.
The Optimized files are grouped by sections and are not oriented to print. They also lose some fidelity during the optimization process.But, not everybody can process or has fast internet, so, this was to offer choice.
A more in-depth look at printing and development can be found here:
This is a still ongoing thread as I get more materials up, including print images and some things I did to facilitate printing. I printed most of the model in Polycarbonate for strength, well, until I ran out of it. Then I switched to CPE+. So, keep a look out if you want to see tips and tricks as well as post processing updates.
I am going to be printing a new piece to go inside the Nacelle Scoops to get that cool lighting look without having to light the model. It just ain't designed for lighting unless you want to bore out a lot of space to run wiring. I may set something like that up in the future. WAY in the future LOL But, as soon as I get scoop effects pieces printed and tested, I will add it to the mix. Well, I hope it works. Pre-render tests seem to look good. But visualization and reality do not always match up.
This thing took a little more than a week to print.
As a helpful hint, print the tabs last so that you can adjust for individual materials, shrinkage expansion.
Link to full sized Instructions 4096 Wide-Suitable for Printing :) If you like such things....
Stardate ( ;P ) 06-24-'17. New Nacelle designs are up. There is a sucky pic of one of the scoop designs. It is deigned with varying thicknesses to emulate lighter and darker reds. But if you are nuts, like me, you will find the moving image of the scoops nice. I found a cheap set of 6 LED chaser lights on a round PCB cheaper than I could make them from Bulgaria and they work perfect for the moving illusion of the interior Bussard shining through. You can see them here: http://kmanstudios.com/NacelleTest.mp4
Update: New Pics of Bussard Scoops that are unlit to show the way light passes through with a transparent Material.
Added Renders and parts for the stand. As far as I can think, this is the completed set of files for this version. Eventually, a version for full lighting. That will require a complete overhaul of the interior spaces to plan for wiring and lighting positions.
Designed to be printed without supports
This will of course depend on your printer and material you use. It is designed to allow for enlargement and reduction should you want to play with scale. Each part is watertight and no red errors in slicers.
I went with a tab and slot system as I found it to allow for the most flexibility if one chooses to enlarge or reduce the model to print on various systems and materials.
Markings are in raised guides to facilitate painting should you desire to do so. I did try to make them easy to see and use, yet not obtrusive.
The deflector dish was designed to be added post production so that if you want to paint the model, it will make it easier to paint that copper color inside the deflector rings. The images seen so far are just the Engineering section epoxied together, the Saucer section Epoxied together, the Nacelle Scoops (printed in different, transparent color) and Deflector Dish epoxied (Not visible in the photos) are in a loose fitting for the pics, and to facilitate the post printing process. It is just easier to putty, prime, sand and prepare the parts and then epoxy together for a final paint job.
The stand will come a bit later as I am still printing out some things. I just wanted to get this much up because, well, it just takes forever to print, if you are REALLY ambitious.
I am in the process of puttying and sanding then painting the model. Not in a hurry as I like to take a Zen approach to such things. I find it relaxing, no need to rush it :)
14 Inch model will be up as soon as I get it organized.
I added two photos of newly designed Bussard domes that will be going up soon as I get all the kinks worked out. I did slap a tea candle light in one just for funsies. Got delayed tonight on this and the 14 inch as I spent 3.5 hours cleaning out my BB Core....but, soon, there will be new options on the Bussard domes.
But soon, it will be up :)