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Old 02-13-2018, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. I have a 3d printer and I have no idea how to use it haha. I want to print something like the below photo but no idea where to start for it. This would be for the tippmann 98.

I have access to Google sketch up pro.

No exp drawing 3d. Wait, I can draw a box haha

If there was a free file already made, that would be cool.

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I have the davinci xyz jr printer

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Old 02-13-2018, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you haven't already, visit Thingiverse.com

I put 3D models up there when I make them, and found a bunch of useful stuff already designed. As a note, that particular model pictured would be a somewhat challenging print. Lots of support required to print that at pretty much any angle, if done in one piece.

As for software to use yourself, I've been Autodesk Fusion 360. I really like it, and it is free if you aren't making money.
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Thingiverse.com will have something like that, I'm sure.
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You can Browse thingiverse.com and see if you can find it. You download (and upload) files there to print, usually free. After downloading you’ll need to get it to the printer. If you want to edit in sketchup first, download an extension that let you open and save STL files from the extension warehouse.
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That model will be very tough to print as one piece. I assume it's going to go around a barrel, so I'd break it up into 2 or 3 sections that segmented into each other and print it as a vertical cylinder. I'd also modify the object with vertical internal spokes and a ring around the barrel so it's centered.

Honestly it might be easier to find a cheap aluminum AR-15 handguard and instead 3d print a mounting base to put it on your Tippmann 98.
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Thanks for all the replys. Maybe i buy an aluminum one and 3d print other things haha. Maybe some tube feds or something.

Never used the printer before so maybe i should start off with something small

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Thanks for all the replys. Maybe i buy an aluminum one and 3d print other things haha. Maybe some tube feds or something.

Never used the printer before so maybe i should start off with something small

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Paintzapper has a few items that may suit your needs.

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Paintzapper has a few items that may suit your needs.

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That image looks like something right out of thingiverse! i bet you could find that exact model without too much searching.

As far as printing it goes, you should be able to print it as all one piece if you use the proper settings in your slicer, and assuming your print volume is large enough. Do you use Cura to slice? If i were printing this, I would orient it standing on end (i.e. barrel axis up-and-down), and print with support material.

If you really haven't printed anything yet, I would definitely start with something smaller. My printer took several prints to really dial in the settings, so I did small prints that didn't take very long at first.

If you need any help, send me a PM and i'll give you my phone number. I'd be more than happy to help!
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Here's the one in the OP ( i think):
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1764168

On second thought, I think I'd print it horizontally instead (less support material to remove).

Also, as a suggestion for a first print, try something like this?
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1019228
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