A friend of mine gave the kids and I (OK, my wife too if she is so inclined!) a very generous present this Christmas. He gave us his old Da Vinci Junior 3D printer. Now, this is an entry level printer aimed at beginners, which I am! I’ve been testing it out, trying to see if it is a viable option to print even larger wargaming stuff such as terrain and vehicles. I decide on a Marmon-Herrington scout car that was used during the early war in the desert in WWII. I must say, the results are really nice!
Like most models, these still need plenty of work. When you print such models, they are often printed stood up like the two in the rear. Gun barrels especially need this as they will droop if they were printed on their side. There are also supports that need to be torn off as even printed straight up as they are, plastic will still droop. It is not a slow process. One model took about 4.5 hours. Printing two at a time saved a little bit of time. When I went to bed, the estimated tome was about 8 hours though as the models narrowed at the top (less surface to print) the printer probably slightly sped up.
So, this minimalist printer does a good enough job to at least print vehicles. Whether it can do wargame figures is anyone’s guess. I have seen the question posed before if 3D printing will change the way we acquire wargame figures and items. I was once on the fence about this. I can tell you now, the answer is absolutely YES!