Before you begin you will need a few materials and tools to work with our kits.
- Glue - We recommend Loctite Super Glue but any glue with cyanoacrylate is ideal. Many hobby and model glues will work just fine as well.
- Resin - All of our kits are designed to be coated with resin before sanding and painting. More info on working with resin can be found here.
- Paint - Some chose to use our multi-color kits without paint, but you will probably want to paint our armor, and helmets. Ultimately the choice of paint is up to you.
We recommend the following tools when working with any of our items.
Our raw 3D printed kits are fresh off the printer and will need to be cleaned up.
Our items are made with thermoplastics. Thermoplastics are plastics which get soft when heated and harden when they cool. This allows us to easily fix minor blemishes with simple tools.
Support Material & Overhangs
Over hanging areas of any 3D printed item needs to be supported during production. This produces waste material called support material.
Support material is typically easy to remove but be careful that you do not damage small parts of the item when removing it. Use a scraper to remove any small sections of the support which stick to the model.
Once the support is removed you may see a rough texture where the item met the support material.
This can be cleaned up by scraping any lose strings, zits, or blobs off of the item. Then lightly sand the area with a coarse sand paper 100-150 grit. From here you can simply coat the area with resin, or other fill methods.
Brims & Tabs
Brims are a thin layer of plastic which prevents the item from falling over during production. You may see them around the base of tall skinny parts. Tabs serve to keep the corners of thick models from coming lose or curling up, and to connect small parts.
Brims usually come lose by bending them down and tearing them off. You can then use a knife, or sandpaper to clean up the edge.
Tabs should be cut with a utility knife to maintain the straight edges of the part.
Stings are small threads of plastic which may appear on the item. These occur when the printer moves from one section to another during production.
Strings are easily removed by scraping the surface with a knife or scraper. After you remove the bulk by scraping, go over the area with a heat gun. Lastly scrape any blobs which formed.
Before gluing anything you should test fit all of the parts. You may need to cleanup the inside of holes, or sand small areas for proper fitment.
You can scrape the inside of holes with a utility knife to remove any excess material. Sand the inside of the hole with the sanding pencil trick or a rat tail file. If you are having issues with a particular part you can soften it with a heat gun to get it to fit. BE CAREFUL IT WILL MELT!!!
Connectors and Joints
NOTE: The heat gun is your friend! Our items are made from thermoplastics which means you can easily fix or repair almost anything!
Following the assembly diagram glue each part together. You may want to use clamps, rubber bands, or tape to temporarily hold sections together.
Glue each section making sure each mating surface is flush. If you are not painting the kit, be careful not to get any glue on the visible parts of the finished kit.
TIP: If you find a section is not flush, you can glue the smoothest side of the joint, and barely soften the other side with a heat gun. Quickly push the sections together for a strong permanent connection. Be careful to match the parts up exactly before you press them together!
We recommend painting our kits after assembly!
To get a nice finish on any of our items you will need to take care of the print lines. This can be done in one of two ways.
- Sanding - It is possible to finish the kit with several iterations of sanding, priming, and then sanding again. This is the fun way, but we don't recommend you have that much fun!
- Resin Coating - The best way to finish our kits is to coat them with resin. This allows for smooth surfaces, adds a significant amount of strength to the prop, and can even add a little weight. All of our kits were designed to be used with resin not sanded and primed! Learn more about resin here.