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3D printed mecha by Mecha-Zone 3D printed mecha by Mecha-Zone
5" tall with 8-way ratcheted joints. Arms, legs, and torso/hips are interchangeable. Printed in different colors and assembled. Acetone vapor bath was used to make them smooth and shiny.
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dglover1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How much was the cost and build time? I have over 50 completed mechs and about twenty hybrid mechs
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TheJugglingOctopus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Man, what would we do without computers!??
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Caine001 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
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ccyclone Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
I'm interested in the 8-way ratchet joint you came up with. I'm trying to design a large print and a joint that won't slip out would be great. Do you have any details you could share about it?
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
In theory the 8 way ratchet seemed like a good idea, but ultimately I discovered that a simple pin worked much better. I wasted a lot of time trying to develop the ratcheted joint and I got something decent, but it had limited posing options and it was not as durable as I had hoped.
I now use simple 5mm pins. the female socket starts as 5mm, but i need to adjust it depending on the material I'm printing with... tolerances for ABS can vary somewhat depending on manufacturer and color additives.
I smooth my parts with acetone so that effects the way I handle the parts. I test fit all of the pins/parts before I smooth them with acetone. Then, I wait a full 48 hours after acetoning before I assemble the parts. This give the chemical reaction enough time to fully stabilize. If you start assembling the parts too soon then the plastic is still a little soft and it will ruin the joint tension.
Hope this helps.
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ccyclone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I can understand how the ratchet might not work very well and be over complicated.
I'm just doing a large model and the usual joints don't have enough tension to stand.

I've tried a couple of pin designs first but haven't hit on a working design. I'm thinking
a ball joint with a tighten-able socket (via a small set screw). Like an armature they use 
in stop-motion.

Thanks for your thoughts and help. Much appreciated.
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Blood-Asp0123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is amazing! where can I get a 3D printer XD
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
There are a lot of choices for entry level 3D printers now. Here's a link to the one I use. It's not the cheapest nor is it the most expensive. BUT it is very reliable and seems to work a lot better than many of the others. Afinia 3D printer ----> www.afinia.com/3d-printers
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man these are sweet! :D  
How is the cost/gain ratio for producing and selling these?
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
they cost very little in materials, but the man-hours for cleanup and assembly drive the price up too much for this to be a practical *print a toy on demand* scenario
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah that makes sense...I hadn't though of the painting or texturing.
Have you thought of making a model kit so people can put it together themselves (to save on assembly and finishing costs/time)?
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah, I have thought of that but I always seem to get distracted by the desire to make new stuff and can't seem to focus on one design long enough to actually make any kits.
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Understandable. :nod:
I imagine it would be quite a pain to figure out a good layout for a pieced out kit, too. 
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are really tempting, I wonder if I should commission you for articulated models of the Metal Frames someday...
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello. I am glad you like them :D
Sorry to report that I don't accept commissions for the 3D modeling and printing stuff.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a problem, I don't mind just being able to look.
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monkeyrum Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I was going to send a search party as nothing had been posted for awhile.  I figured you were working on something cool and you did not disappoint!  A friend of mine wants to go in on a 3d printed.  I need to get into this soon.
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
YES!!! I have been obsessed with 3D printing.
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:icontesunie:
Tesunie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These look very amazing. They look very professional. Truly great job on these!
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks so much! I love making them :D
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Tesunie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear. Any concepts on selling at some point? I can't say I would ever buy one (though it would be tempting, but I'm often broke), but I'm sure it could sell well. Even if it is not assembled pieces that need to be put together like a model kit. Some of us would actually like it better that way...
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, I hope to sell some eventually. I just never seem to have enough time to make the parts. Been thinking of hiring an assistant to help out.
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Tesunie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you leave it in an unassembled state (if it's easy enough to piece together with out instructions), that probably would be best. Like a model kit! (Charge more if people want it assembled.)

I wish you luck on this. It seems exciting. Wish I was talented enough and had enough spare cash lying around to try something like this...
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Axel-Leet Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
that is so badass

i like how you smoothed them out with acetone to get rid of that jaggedness.

just brilliant
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks! that acetone trick takes a bit of practice and it can be dangerous, but I think I ma getting the better at it.
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tiljix Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thought they were Tau Battlesuits at first.
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Timocop Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like Chocolate :D
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
doesn't taste like chocolate. trust me, I tried ;)
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williamsquid Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Are you selling any of these?
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi Bill. I sold the first couple I made and I'll be selling some of those Mechanauts. These mechs take too long to make for it to be practical to sell them. I actually sold these to friends at a show but now I don't have any for myself :(
I have all the parts printed for a new set but I haven't had time to clean them up (that's the hard part)
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williamsquid Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I could tell that the whole process was a big undertaking. Great job by the way!
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carnifex125 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
interhcangable parts to boot, vera cool! Might I put in a suggestion for a Nova cat?
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sorry man, I'm only doing my original designs. About a hundred people (literally) have asked for Battletech stuff since I started doing this :(
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carnifex125 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I bet, and I can understand why. well keep posting your stuff, its great :la:
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sullyscorner Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

cool you gonna paint them?

 

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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
nah. I already painted a larger version of the one on the right. I actually sold both of these about a month ago. Need ot make more so I can have some for myself.
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sullyscorner Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh how much
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
$60 each, but I would really like to charge $80. I know it sounds like a lot, but they are literally hand made; one at a time.
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jdnunes Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Man, you've even got interchangeable parts working... Very cool! 
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Those interlock joints took a while to engineer and they are a long way from perfect.
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Kalamew Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Heavy gear?
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ohcam5 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Very cool!!!!
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Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Very well done!
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can't overstate on how awesome this looks. :)
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you VERY much!!!
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just keep the awesome flowing. The awesome must flow. ;P
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