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  1. Good news for all you Texas residents!! We will be hosting our very own Robot / Sci Fi themed convention here in San Antonio, TX!!


    We're hosting a bot themed convention set for 7 - 8 May 2016. From the folks that organized Alamo City Comic Convention (ACCC), we are holding a robot themed convention dubbed, Cyber City Con (CCC) here in the heart of Texas. ACCC saw an amazing attendance of 76k people with celebrities including Ray Park, Stan "The Man" Lee, and vendors Heroes and Fantasies, Toydojo.com, as well as Geekculture and many more.


    Transformers is huge for the anime and “bot” community and a central part of the conventions theme. So if you are interested in coming down to San Antonio, TX for Cyber City Con venture out to the links below. Each month we will be updating with guests, vendors, and convention events.



    For more information check out the links below:

  2. This upper torso was inspired by one of the comic versions mixed with the original TV series Omega Supreme. Going to make a more G1 looking toy torso also. The legs and head are already printable but the torso and thighs are jus the outer shell and would print solid if I uploaded them.


  3. Been awhile. Started using some nice joint push/pull and edge beveling tools. Instead of finishing my custom Omega Supreme from the first go I'm going to attempt to make it all from Shapeways printed parts. WSF polished at home using a dremel and a poly brush wheel. Below is my work so far on the exterior of the feet. It's been slimmed down a bit from the picture. At four inches high each lower leg portion in WSF is $52.



  4. Was definetly thinking about RepRap for internal pieces and higher detail parts finished in a post process or Shapeways print for the exterior. Yeah, low cost home printers aren't up to snuff for the detail your producing. Soon though. I'd like to make parts that people can use at home during their customizations. Custom heads, feet, chest pieces etc. Really want to make a bracket system where a combiner can be made without having to cut up the original piece too much. Definetly want to get into the accessories like Fakebuster without reproducing the same things that he's making and without the overhead. It's what I love about the Shapeways model for a designer. We don't have to have an inventory and place orders. If Procustomizer Guy wants to use our 3d modelled head on his next commission then he places the order and it's delivered 3 weeks later.


    White Strong Flixible sucks up a ton of paint. I want to get a good sealing mixture down that takes care of this upfront so once paint is applied it doesn't take a million coats to get a nice finish.


    One excuse I give to the wife (for a 3d printer) is that our daughter is heading to a Science and Engineering Academy for high school next year. It's faster for her to print parts at home then it is going to be waiting at school for the parts to be printed. Almost have her pegged. She would probably go for me piecing it together opposed to buying a $2000+ finished model.

  5. A bit more? Man that's alot more. Guess 3-4 weeks is ok on my budget.


    Think I'll order all the pieces and build one of the RepRap models. That way I can print some of the larger pieces at home and then finish it in a solution bath. We'll see. I have a faceshield coming that will be printed in Frosted Detail and a remodelled helmet/head coming.


    The next thing will be the Prime armor. As soon as I'm done with a few other projects around the house. Going to try to seal the white strong flexible in a post processing solution. Read about superglue and acetone or floor polyurathane. Any thoughts? I just happen to have a gallon of floor poly in the garage.

  6. The nylon that white strong flexible prints in is very strong. I peeled the bottom off since it was thinned on the edges. Going to use that to test some mixtures. The turret rotation point and connection on the end worked great. Nice and tight.


    Will post results of different solutions on the nylon after some research and tests. Still, it would be real nice to get a printer for the house and use a finishing solution to polish it out instead of waiting 3 - 4 weeks for a print job to come in the mail. Print to ship takes too long with Shapeways. Wonder if there is another company that has sprung up yet to do the same thing.

  7. So, it needs some digital rework. Part of the face is missing and some of the faces were thin but I'll still use it on my Omega Custom. This is one of the annoying things I've read about the Shapeways software. The parts upload and look fine and then the actual prints come out different.


    Ran the various clean up tools on the model and it didn't fix the problem faces so on the next version I'll have to keep these wall thickness issues in mind.


    Going to see how a couple of soulutions change the surface of the nylon print. One of the 3d printer startups are placing their models into a solution bath and it modifies the surface to be smoother and appear higher in definition. I personnally don't like the powdered surface look on the models and would like a smoother version prior to paint application.


    The 3d Refiner finishes off models by placing the model into a constant stream under a solution bath and spins it for even coverage.




  8. lol, I've had the domain for like 8 years and it's been my test site for school. It's never had any purpose so no real content has been placed on there. Now there is a purpose I guess. Twitter was setup to use their SMS for research on a toy locator idea but never had the time to fully develop it.


    Oh man I scaled up the helmet to be slightly larger then the G1 Omega Supreme but I didn't realize how large it's going to be until after uploading it to Shapeways. From nose to the end of the turret is going to be approximately 5.5 inches. The turret unattached is just over 4 inches long. That plugin will come in handy. It took an hour or so to find all the hidden geometry that was removing or skewing surfaces. I plan on updating it with a more G1 cartoon face and the means to plug in the faceshield.


    I love 3d printing. It's making accessible a hobby that I had no idea how to get into. Before 3d printing hit mainstream there were tons of ideas on how I could make a toy into another toy but cutting up a bunch of styrene and using glue and putty didn't really have the same appeal as digitally creating a part and having it printed. The following link sums up my thoughts about it. Now the ideas in my head have an outlet.



  9. I will try that this weekend on my next model. Finally deleted all of the hidden geometry on the helmet and turret so they render correctly and placed an order for the set. Can't wait to get it.


    Used the name Markusius (game handle) with my storefront name Soulkatana since I still own a web domain and twitter by the same name.

  10. That's my thoughts right now. I may switch up and make some guns or crank out some of those heads Hellscream85 is looking for.


    Slicing the bottom out of a sphere was giving me issues last night. Intersecting faces was removing part of the sphere above the intersecting plane and below. Follow path didn't help much either. Any tips on making a ball joint or a good free plugin?


    As soon as I get a good ball joint then I'll just save it and resize it each time its needed.

  11. Uploaded the turret and helmet/head portion to Shapeways last night and it appeared vertical in the preview. So I reoriented the pieces and the files failed the internal tests. Tonight I'll upload it again and order it in white flexible for some test shots.


    OMG FUD is expensive. $40 for the helmet in FUD and it's only 60 mm (2.3 inches) from front to back when the turret is unattached. I see what you meant about the OP armor being an expensive set. Yeah, not happening at that price.


    Going to start a game accurate FOC Grimlock sword in multiple sizes next. The one that comes in the voyager package is off a bit and I wanted to tackle a weapon before diving back into the Movie Leader Prime Power Armor.

  12. I'll start a WIP thread for the custom this is for and add a nicer render of the head that will be printed.


    Didn't get it uploaded yet though, but when I can get the turret connector finished I'll upload the no-face version.


    Last night I was working on a more G1 accurate face but the way Omega's face has curves was giving me some issues. Tried using the follow path extruder accross the top of the forhead and it wasn't working the way I needed it too. Instead making a sphere and useing it to create the different curves should work better.


    What kind of clearance do you use between joints? Like between ball and socket joints? Do you build it exact? For example build a 5mm socket with 5mm ball for print or do you create a 5mm ball socket with a 4.8mm ball?

  13. Leader sized DOTM Optimus Armor. Yeah, I have no idea how much it will cost. I'm trying to talk the wife into a 3D printer by the end of the year. Lol, like that's going to happen. Maybe.


    This is the almost final Omega head:




  14. After looking this morning at the different material specs and bounding box sizes I may go with Fine Detail Plastic on the Gun turret and Frosted Ultra Detail on the rest of the head. And looking at the G1 figure I may move to a different way to connect the turret to the head. Either way I'm trying to have it uploaded to Shapeways this weekend.


    Thought about doing Alumide for my DOTM Optimus Power Armor Exoskeleton. That would definetly give it a nice ancient or industrial look.


    WuLongToys page liked. Great concept on the Action Formers. Oh man, polished Alumide would be a sweet look on the endoskeletons.

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