I mentioned a little while back about the two new 3D printers I was going to be getting this summer and that from time to time I could probably print off something for you guys here if you couldn’t get a part, or just wanted something different that you just can’t buy elsewhere(old retro parts, parts for arcade machines, retro mods etc.).
Well the first printer is ordered and the turnaround is 4-6 weeks on it(I’m hoping to have it by the end of July or very early Aug).
So what I’d like to offer to the A&R forum(and give you time to sort out what you want) is if anyone needs something printed they can PM the details and I’ll pick a selection and print them off for free while I’m burning in the printer(I need to run a load of test prints anyway, so someone might as well get something out of it ). I won’t be offering any chemical finish to smooth out the final print, but if that’s something you want then you can Google how it’s done(acetone vapour bath).
If you have something you want printed, it must be arcade or retro related in some shape or form(this is A&R after all). You must have the 3D printable file ready to go(watertight etc.) and in STL file format(I can also take an OBJ, but prefer stl).
For this printer the materials I offer will be ABS and PLA plastic in various colours. I’d always recommend ABS as it’s a lot stronger and less brittle than PLA, but you can decide on the material.
For those that want to check out the printer and what it can do, it’s a Ultimaker 2 Extended(basically the same as the Ulti 2, but can print bigger stuff).
The second printer(a higher quality stereolithography printer) won’t be here until sept/oct, I’ll offer the same service then for people who want to try it out(but will only print a couple of things as it’s pricey to print on that one).
A word on the prints:
Don’t expect the objects printed to look like something you can buy in a shop, these are not injection moulded parts and you will be able to see some imperfections because of the way they are printed layer by layer(don’t be expecting to print off a bunch of rare Amiibos to sell )
I’ve a handful of retro related 3d files on my website if you need some inspiration:
If you need something retro 3D printed, sort out the 3d printable file, send me a PM with a link and I’ll print it out(probably won’t print every single request).
Mods, if this isn’t allowed please let me know.
I'm in need of a battery cover for my Gameboy Light and the casing for the Turbo Everdrive!
Well, find yourself the 3D files and you'll be all set
Famicom everdrive any good?
Here's some stuff i took from www.neo-geo.com
Sega Aero City - Arcade Cabinet - Candy Cab
Sure, they are all 3D files. But what I’m offering is to print out parts you want or need, not just random retro 3D stuff
So, the everdrive case is something that I could do for you, although the quality wouldn’t be as nice as recycling some old game case. Maybe if you gave it a quick acetone vapour bath to smooth it out it would look nice. But then you are risking losing the fine details and edge(which is important for the two halves of the case to click together).
What I’ll do is make a list of the requests I get via PM or here on the thread that I can print, and based on a few factors pick out a decent selection of them to do. That is of course if people have parts they want, and the 3D files to go along with them.
Like Ciderdude could do with a battery cover for his Game Boy light, and I’d love to sort that out for him as it’s a perfect example of what I want to offer, but I don’t think there are any printable files around for that, which is a pity.
Also, it’s worth remembering that just because the part is on thingiverse or grabcad(especially grabcad) doesn’t mean it’s a good part to print(loads of people uploading untested rubbish files to those sites). Check out the comments and see what people are saying who tried it out the parts.
On the link to my site above I have some free 3D viewing/editing software linked. So you could grab those to have look at the files(you are mainly checking for water tightness and sizing).
I got a shipping update on the printer, you guys have 3-4 weeks to sort out anything you want done.
Sorry Steve, was just giving some links for ideas and to get the brains thinking.
Will check out the software anyways just in case.
No probs dude
Makey Makey Steve!
Ah yes, no problem at all. I’ve printed off a few of those for mates in the past.
I’ve only got some orange coloured water soluble plastic left at home for now, is that ok? Just don’t get it wet and you’re grand
Is it just the one you want?
bit of a thread necro I know ,and the printers probably long burnt in .. but I'm trying to get a replacement piece for a transformer done . (as in robots in disguise , not that thing that means I can plug in a famicom without it exploding).Basically the orange fin bit on top of the cab (as the robot looks a bit rubbish without it!
no worries if its a no go though
Actually there was a delay on the printer arriving by a few weeks. So its not here yet, but should be in the next 2 weeks I hope.
That looks like a simple part to do.
I'll stick you on the list dude
Yeah, they look handy enough to do.
I'll add you to the list.
What I might do when I'm actually getting everything printed up is do a list and post it here with what everyone has requested and stick a price next to them.
That way you's can all see I'm not ripping anyone off and it is all done at cost.