Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is this stuff made of?
A: Almost all my models are made from one of two materials. The first, called White Strong Flexible (WSF) is a nylon material. The printer spreads a very thin layer of nylon powder out flat and a laser goes back and forth and melts the powder together where ever the model is exists. Then another very thin layer is spread out and again the laser goes back and forth. The model is built up in cross sections and when it's finished the loose powder is blown away and you are left with the model.
WSF is the less expensive material, but is slightly grainy. To get a really smooth finish you need to use a filler of some type. You can paint WSF with a variety of paints, I use inexpensive craft paints normally. A thin paint might bleed through as the material is slightly porous.
The second material is Fine Ultra Detail (FUD), which is a liquid resin product that is cured through the use of UV light. It is more expensive, but has finer detail and is smoother. Again the model is built up one layer at a time in very thin layers.
You may be familiar with the 3D printers that shoot out a fine stream of melted plastic to make models- you can buy one now for $1,000 or less. That is not how these models are printed. The printers used to make my models range in price from $80,000 to $250,000, which is why I utilize a printing service.
Q: What about painting my models after they arrive?
A: More information about painting models made from SWF can be found HERE
Q: Are these models available in my local hobby shop?
A: I do not sell wholesale at this point. My prices are not a lot over production costs. Trying to package the models in retail sales packaging, and offering enough mark-up to a local store to make some profit, would increase the cost about 50%. I'd rather keep the costs down by selling direct to the customer.