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I have seen multiple people around here using 3d Printing as a method to make accurate props and parts, so I was wondering what services you use and what is the cost and quality of this option ?
Cost was my biggest concern. Is there much work needed to clean the final piece up?
I was trying to estimate how much it would be to print an 12"-18" Normandy model from Mass Effect. My cost estimate came about between $600-$1,000. This was my estimate of course not theirs.
Well that is a big model, but when you consider how much labor and materials it would cost you to scratch build the same model, that is really a hell of a bargain unless your time is free...
If anyone is interested...
I just loaded the same model onto both Ponoko and Shapeways.
$31 at Shapeways.
$41 at Ponoko.
No. It's automated.