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3799 No. 3799 [Edit]
Do you think 3d printers have advanced to the point where they can play a role in the figurine market? Imagine being able to download a professionally made design file and making your own figurine without having to pay any shipping costs. This also allows for a greater variety of figurines since actually producing designs would no longer a hurdle for the company responsible, so they can pump out hundreds of designs at low cost.

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Post edited on 13th Mar 2021, 2:45pm
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>> No. 3801 [Edit]
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I believe fig makers already use 3D printers for prototypes. I've seen tons of unpainted and unreleased figures with those very obvious horizontal printing lines. I'd like to think it helps a lot in the pre-production phase. I don't think it's changed the market much though, but might be why we've been able to have nicer quality figures these days if nothing else.
For home use, you'd need a pretty good printer and the right materials. You would also need to do a considerable amount of work on the figure once printed to make it passable. Sanding and smoothing the entire thing for starters, and of course painting it. This wouldn't really be anything new for veterans who are used to a time when nearly all figures were garage kits, but people who expect to hit a few buttons and get a perfect figure, they might be in for a surprise.
>> No. 3802 [Edit]
3D printers are really only good for primitives and base models that you plan to use only for the general shape, and add on all the details later.
>> No. 3803 [Edit]
Somewhat related.

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