Recently I have been exploring the use of the 3D printer, and one of the avenues I’ve been experimenting with is using the 3D printer to produce miniature figures.
The process is relatively straight forward, we use a 3D hand scanner coupled to a laptop to 3D scan the person. This captures the figure in 3D, and works incredibly well. We then refine the 3D mesh, fixing errors, or adding parts which the scanner hadn’t quite scanned correctly, and then we send it to the 3D printer.
The above figures were created for use with model railways, and are printed at a scale to match the railway. These figures stand at approximately 95mm high (a scale of 16mm – 1ft), but figures can be produced to other scales quite easily.
Once the prints are complete, they are then handed over to the customer, who can refine, sand, and paint the figures as they desire! Here are two figures I painted, badly, but if gives an idea of what can be achieved!
I’d love to see what a professional miniature painter could produce, if you are a painter, get in touch, it would be amazing to collaborate!
Anyway, that’s what the 3D printer has been doing recently, and it’s definitely been a learning curve, but adds something a bit different and alternative to the Ard Digital portfolio!
Finally, if you’re potentially interested in being imortalised as a 3D printed miniature, have a read at the 3D Scan & Print a Miniature You page and of course get in touch!