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3d Printing an M1134 Stryker

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3d Printing an M1134 Stryker

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So I've been getting worried about the 1/144 T-72 sitting on my desk. Time to print a Stryker and fire a TOW at it.

First step is to visit Thingiverse and download a file to print. I chose one of the 1/100 tanks made by m_bergman. He's a professional 3d designer and it shows. The files are available from https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:769137. Next step is to load it into simplify3d, the slicer I use.
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Second step is pretty straight forward. I don't want a 1/100 tank, so I use the scaling function to reduce the parts 69.4% to 1/144. You can see the controls on the right.
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Next job is to add supports. These are little pillars of plastic between overhangs and the build plate of the 3d printer - you can't print on thin air. The software will generate automatic supports, then I add extras to make sure nothing is missed.
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And we're all set. This is the screen where you start the print process. You can see estimated time is 1:15 minutes. Estimated times are always really low. They don't include heating up the printer and I think they also don't include travel time - the time the printers head is moving but it's not pushing out plastic.
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Well, that was easy - here's a photo of the 3d printer beavering away making my M1134.
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And here's the punch line. Having run my 3d printer without an error since an overhaul 6 months ago, the printer promptly chokes when I try to post a make. Halfway through the print job it stopped dead. I usually control my 3d printer with a USB cable and halfway through the job my PC decided to stop recognizing it as a USB device. Based on issues I've had in the past I assumed a jumper was loose inside the 3d printer so I took apart the control box but I couldn't find anything wrong. Cables all tested out ok too. Hmmm. Plan B - out comes the micro USB card and I restarted the print the old fashioned way.

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Second attempt came out ok. Here's the 3 pieces of the stryker sitting on the build plate after the job is finished.
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Now I just need to remove the supports and clean it up.

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And I figured out how to put multiple pictures in a post.
I didn't take any in progress shots of tearing off the supports, but here's some of the tools I use. I also use the usual model's craft knife and files.
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Here's a pile of torn off supports
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And here's the M1134, ready to save my computer desk from Putin's finest. I can actually see lots of flaws in this photo I can't see in real life. Note that I busted the pintle mount of the M240 and just stuck it on the commander's hatch.
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Now, time to deal with that T-72
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Next step will be to prime and paint. Stay tuned.

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I am loving this article on so many levels. And even the term "thingiverse" appeals to my sense of the ridiculous! ;)
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Brilliant! I’ve got to get into 3D printery more. Sadly as I do aircraft chiefly, I don’t quite think the technology is there yet for me to affordably print planes at home (as your other post suggested) but I’m learning a lot from this. I have actually ordered my first 3D printed plane from shapeways a Boeing p-26 peashooter so fingers crossed I can get to grips with it.

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