Any hints or suggestions (filament type? suggested settings? model sources?) for 3D printing minis to use in Dungeons & Dragons?

I've done a couple where the support structures were difficult to break off without breaking off a hand or something.

I have a Lulzbot Mini (1), single-extruder if that makes any difference.

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    $\begingroup$ get a set of needle files and some good paint. $\endgroup$ – Abel Apr 30 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ ... or a scalpel. How exactly are you currently removing the supports? $\endgroup$ – Greenonline May 1 at 6:19

Buckle up, this is going to be rough:

FDM printers are not the best choice for printing figurines in the 25 to 40 mm scale that is typical for wargaming and D&D games. Resolution-wise, that's the area of resin printers.

But there are ways to get some partially decent prints made:

  • you might want a small nozzle. 0.2 is about the smallest you can do without specialty extruders, so there is our lower limit.
  • You need to make sure to have a minimum layer time set, especially as the crosssections of figures are often rather slim.
  • Overhangs can be a pain

You might be better-served printing "meeples" than actual figurines.


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