Feb 26

Adventures in 3D Printing

I like to mention as often as possible that my husband wins.

At what?

All the things.

MP Mini DeltaNo, really. For our anniversary, he got me a 3D printer. This one to be exact. It’s an MP Mini Delta, which is a great intro-line model printer that still prints with decent quality and size for its price.

I’ve been wanting a 3D printer for ages, mostly so that I could print all sorts of awesome things for our tabletop games, but more recently so that I could print things related to my books. I mean, how cool would it be to have a 3D model of Eerl or Adelei?

I could have my own action figure of my characters! O_O

There is a bit of a learning curve with this new hobby, but luckily I’m married to someone who knows a thing or two about the topic and is willing to help me learn. There’s also a flood of Maker groups, sites, etc. to help as we go through the process.

Since we were snowed/iced into our house part of last week (though it melted by Saturday afternoon), we decided to use the time printing a bunch of test prints, as seen below. (You can click the images to see them larger.) Our printer will print things a bit larger than a tall coffee mug, but we wanted to stick with smaller objects to test things out since the smaller objects print faster. These images are also of the objects unsanded and unpainted. That’s something I plan to do this coming weekend. 😉

This is Neko, who is a finger puppet because we printed him hollow. He’s about 3″ tall.Neko

This is Neko next to a small TARDIS from Doctor Who.

TARDIS and Neko

Next we decided to try out a proper miniature. The goblin lacks a little in detail as our printer isn’t made for that level of small detail, but he didn’t come out half bad!

Here he is next to the other objects for comparison.group of printed objects

These are really adorable Dalek-Buddhas. Dalek Buddha

This is a barrel and two wagon wheels–objects that will be props for our Pathfinder campaign at some point.

Here’s a nice group shot of some objects.

Dalek Buddhas take the TARDIS

One of the things we’re also going to do is to set up a web cam so that you can watch the 3D printing as it happens (if that’s something that interests you). There’s something mesmerizing about the process! And on that note, back to writing…and maybe some 3D printing!

What should I print next? Let me know over on Facebook or Twitter!

About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.