3D Printing

How many of you are out there? I finally gave in and ordered one for purposes other than making custom pieces and modding games but I know I will take a shot at a few. What would you do with one? For those that have one already what is your favorite gaming piece you have made?

6 points by zerotozero - updated 12 months ago | 23 comments | report | subscribe

mdoom 15 months ago | 3 points[-]

About a month ago I got the Monoprice Maker Select V2.

I LOVE it.  Been doing game inserts, and dice towers, and everything for my games.  Even done some custom designs.  I haven't upgraded it yet to like glass or anything, but so far its working great and I'm learning a lot about tweaking different settings.  (I splurged and got Simplify3D to have better control over slicing - I recommend it, but at the same time I don't know that its $150 worth for just hobby printing...)

Anyways, my favorite thing I've done so far is I took a Haunted House dice tower from thingiverse, increased it in size, and added all our family names on the sides of the building and its our dedicated dice tower for our current group in Betrayal Legacy.  I love it!

philryuh Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Would love to see some pictures of these!!

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Agreed its fun to see how people improve a game and what they can come up with when they are not limited by the profit margin.

zerotozero 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

The software is where the price catches up to you but it is almost always leaps and bounds what you can get from the free stuff. I am already looking to get some CAD software since the better free one they try really hard to keep your stuff in the cloud and not local. Annoying that is almost all subscription based now too though. My printer shows up tomorrow and I am hoping to get a couple personal prints done this weekend. I like your dice tower idea I may give that a try.

mdoom 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Simple changes to existing models I've just done online with TinkerCAD.

For some of my designs for game inserts, I've used OpenSCAD.  But a programming logical approach is definitely more up my alley.

zerotozero 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

I will give those a look.

bgqtony 15 months ago | 3 points[-]

I got a 3d printer last month and I have been using it non-stop to make gaming stuff. The majority has been to make inserts/organizers for my board games. I've also made control markers for War Chest and minis to replace the tokens in Root. 

Love it!

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Awesome which one did you pick up? I got the ender 3 pro since they are doing their anniversary sale and I bought 7 things to upgrade on it as well. I'm thinking I will do a couple goblin figures and some markers for Pandemic. My dad has 30 years of experience so I'm going to lean on him a bit getting it all figured out.

bgqtony 15 months ago | 3 points[-]

I actually got the Ender 3 and used it for about a month. It's a great machine if you want to tinker with things. I ended up having major issues getting the X-Gantry level and combined with a couple other issues, I ended up returning it after a couple of weeks. 

I ordered the PRUSA i3 MK3S, which is the one I always kinda wanted anyway. It's due to arrive next week hopefully. 

With the Ender 3, make sure to get a glass bed. My was cupped in the middle (a common problem i hear) and the Glass Bed was night and day better. 

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have the glass bed arriving with the printer and better springs and pneumatic fittings too. I have a couple other parts I will swap out as part of the initial build so hoping everything is good. I have an Arduino guy who is going to the self leveling mod and provide a ton of PLA+ in exchange for some print time too. As long as the frame isn't twisted I should be good to start before I swap out other parts.

bgqtony 15 months ago | 3 points[-]

Nice! There are some crucial upgrades you should do as well (ones you can 3d print). A fan cover, filament guide and cable chains come to mind. 

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have my files ready to go as soon as I get a decent boat printed I will be doing all of those in fire engine red.

ChaosMoss 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

We have one in our office and have been printing things with it for awhile now.

One of the coolest things was printing custom resource tokens for one of our Wonderland's War prototype. We have 4 different kinds of resources and printed 40 of each one in their in-game colors.

Since we have a bunch of different colors one of our next projects will be to print the token holders for The Quacks of Quedlinburg. From what I've heard, they give a big tactile feeling to the bag builder.

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Sometimes putting a little flair on the little things really brings up the feel of a game. That box are is awesome for Wonderland's War. I have always been a Lewis Carroll fan and liked the American McGee's take on it.

1nf1n1ty Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have a monoprice ultimate maker. I have hundreds of hours and pieces on it. It would be tough to say what my favorites are. I have done a ton of stuff for D&D so that is where I have most of the value out of it. Primarily terrain pieces, buildings, rocks, fences, dungeon dressings and the like.

On the boardgame side, my biggest win was a full 3d settlers of catan board. I have also done a lot of work on Scythe including boxes for each faction and a factory piece for the middle. Tzolkin is another game I have some pieces for. 

It is also great for costuming. I have done several Star Wars lightsabers and guns (including Han Solo's weapon). Plus some buttons and a Monster hunter weapon for my son. 

I love 3d printing. It is so fun and useful!

zerotozero 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

A Catan board would be fun to do and I have a few people that had a good time playing and have asked about it. Was that the original reason you bought your printer? I have wanted one for a long time but it was never much of a need. I lucked into a situation where it should pay for itself in about 2 months and could not pass it up. I can probably sneak in a couple DnD pieces to start but later when the work load slows I plan to make a lot more.

1nf1n1ty Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I bought it primarily for D&D scenery. The rest of the stuff has just been a bonus. 

One problem I do have with it is that I already had a backlog of items to paint. This didn't help. :)

On another note, it can tend to be a hobbyist hobby. Someone told me that before I bought it and I had no idea what they were talking about. I have discovered that it is not just a hobby of printing stuff. A lot of the hobby is keeping your printer running. This requires adjusting, cleaning, upgrading, balancing, tightening, replacing parts etc. 

I'm not a huge tinkerer and figured most of it out, but it has caused some somewhat furious moments for me. It has been worth it. But my printer is clogged right now and I need to clean it so... 

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Which scenery piece has been your favorite print? Which one gets used the most? I may start with a couple walls or tile pieces it has been a while since I have done any miniature painting.

Anytime you get mechanical parts and newer technology there is a ton of tinkering to do. I am huge into tinkering Its fun to rip something apart and build it better again. I hope you hit a grove and get bit by the tinkering bug after working on your printer enough. As long are you are not afraid of breaking it you can fix pretty much all of it for almost nothing and the rest isn't too bad on the wallet either.

If you are getting a lot of clogs you may need to switch out your tubes and fittings. That's one of the 7 upgrades I'm getting out of the way during my build.

1nf1n1ty Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I did a windmill that is over two feet tall. It is really an impressive piece. Though for every day use, rocks, beds, dressers and stuff have been to useful.

I've taken the printer apart and upgraded it many times. I am familiar enough to do that type of work. I am not sure what my current problem is. I think it might be an issue with my feeder. Or I have a bad run of filament. I put in a new all metal hot end since my last one went south.

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Wow how many part print was that windmill? It sounds awesome I don't know if I will try anything that size for a personal print. A few walls and a couple basic monsters and beasts will get me by until I get the hand of it.

1nf1n1ty Supporter14 months ago | 2 points[-]

I believe it was over 40 pieces plus clips. Yet another labor of love. :)

zerotozero 14 months ago | 2 points[-]

The big question is did the windmill blades turn?

1nf1n1ty Supporter14 months ago | 2 points[-]

It does, but it is manual