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  1. Here, we share recommendations on settings, printers and filaments. We also link some videos of people who have done in-depth guides for specific aspects of 3d printing. If you have a handle on printing or are not planning on printing them you can skip this update, however if you are planning on printing them and are new to this, please read ahead. First the Machines FDM - this is the most common and cheapest option if you want to get into 3d printing. It uses melted plastic and prints in layers, meaning that the model gets "sliced" into sections of the resolution you decide to uses (regularly from 50 to 300 microns) and then does layer by layer, one on top of the next resulting in a solid piece. This process has some caveats, for example overhangs result in places where there is no material underneath, and that area will require supports; supports, like most settings, can be changed so you achieve the best result for you. Here is a small video explaining how supports work, and even gives you a preset that works pretty well in my experience. How supports look like, some printers can even do water-soluble supports that literally disappear when left in water! Filaments - While there are two main options for FDM printers, we are going to save you a big while of testing, fails and ultimately not getting the right settings. Go for PLA , unlike ABS; it is quite forgiving, the room temp doesn't have to be ideal, you can have some drafts, and you do NOT need an enclosure which leads to a lot more problems than it actually solves, and the benefits of ABS are minimal in the long run. So, lets just say that after a lot of research and tests, you have now decided that when printing miniatures and non-functional models, you will always use PLA. Settings - Here is a video for printing Miniatures, however some of those concepts are not really applicable for bigger models (like our awesome dragons) but you might want to get used to them, there are a lot of profiles in the web for printing things. Here are some profiles specific for the Ender 3 or 5. But they should work with most printers. we will say that sticking to 100-150 micron layers for the dragons should yield great results, most of the parts WILL require supports, so get acquainted with those too, temp varies greatly by different filaments make sure to search for the best temperature for your chosen brand of filament (Reddit has a whole section on filaments and print temps), also keep in mind that there is no golden profile for printing, especially not one that fits all printers so make sure you know your printer and are willing to fine tune it! Want to buy an FDM 3d printer? Ender 3 - $199 Ender 5 - $319 Prusa i3 mk3 - $749 Wanhao - $357 These are printers we know and have worked with and can vouch for their quality, depending on your budget you can get any of them, they are all great and have some differences. If you need more info there are a lot of reviews for ALL of these printers so search for them and decide what best fits your needs. Resin - Printers that cure resin in layers to create a final solid model, the quality on resin will ALWAYS be better than FDM, however this comes at a cost: Reduced build plate size Lengthy setup and cleanup for every piece Smelly and toxic material However if you are wiling to endure all of these, you could have a final piece that requires little to no sanding and which has a quality that can only be improved by professional printers. Resin printers use supports as well, they are a bit harder to set up correctly and you will probably need to learn to correctly arrange them for best print results. You will need to wash the pieces in an IPA bath, after that you will need to remove the supports with clippers and finally you will need to cure the piece in UV light so the material sets correctly. Here are some Resin printers we recommend: Wanhao d7 plus - $585 Anycubic Photon - $375 Form 2 - $2850 Again these are printers that are tested in the community and have good results, as far as the dragons they will probably need to be scaled down to fit the reduced printing space, or split into more pieces so keep this in mind! Conclusions If you are new to 3d printing, there are a lot of resources, and when you buy your first 3d printer the community will guide you so you can have the best experience with printing. It is one of the most involved communities and you will feel right at home. As for the dragons, if you are going to get only one printer, we would recommend the FDM printer since it has an easier learning curve and will be able to print the dragons full size from the get-go. If you have both available then a hybrid printing would be the way to go, print smaller more detailed pieces (the head, arms and tail end) on the resin printer and the rest on the FDM printer giving you better quality on the most detailed pieces and a faster and less expensive alternative for the bodies and wings. If you have any specific questions and can't find an answer comment in the campaign so we or any other experienced backers can help you out! There are not silly questions when learning something new, don't let that thought stop you from asking in the comments section. Send your pictures! We know you will find all the info to be very useful. Now that you have already set for a great start please, share your pictures and stories with us!! We want to see how you paint your miniatures, how they look at your table, and to read what adventures you have for them or your gaming group. You can share with us in any of the following sites: Post in this thread from our community forums
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