Copy of Instructions

Before you begin you will need a few materials and tools to work with our kits.

 

Materials

  • 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.

NOTE: If you are trying to color match a screen accurate prop, we recommend joining FB groups, and the costume club forums. There you can get suggestions for paint colors, and brands. Also google is your friend! 

 

 

Tools

We recommend the following tools when working with any of our items.

 

Cleanup

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 needle nose pliers to pull away the support material. Use a scraper to remove any small sections of the support which remain stuck 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.

Strings

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.

Fitment

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. Refer to the kit diagram for part location.

Holes

You can scrape the inside of holes with a utility knife to remove any excess material. Sand the inside of the hole with a sanding pencil 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

  • Textured Joints -   Textured joints are not flush with each other due to print lines or excess material on the mating surface.  For Textured joints we recommend that you tape a piece of sandpaper to a table and sand the part by sliding it over the sandpaper. This makes for a nice flat edge. Use a sanding block on areas you cannot table sand.
  • Curled or Warped Joints -  Curled or warped joints are surfaces that are flush but the edges curl up so there is a gap at the joint.  To fix these we recommend heating the part with a hair dryer or heatgun.  -----> (!!! CAUTION: If you get it too hot it will melt!!!!) Slightly heat the joint by quickly moving the dryer back and fourth over the area. You want to soften the plastic but not melt it. Pay attention to the geometry around the curled area, yo may need to keat up the sides a little to get the part to flex.  Once the joint is soft press the parts edge firmly to a flat surface, and hold until cool. This will make the joint flat, and allow the glue to adhere. 
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     NOTE: The heat gun is your friend! Our items are made from thermoplastics which means you can easily fix or repair almost anything!

     

    Assembly

    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 apply glue to 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!

     

     

    Smoothing

    To get a nice finish on any of our items you will need to take care of the print lines. Print lines are an inherent feature of FDM 3D printed items. Each layer is deposited one at a time, which leaves a small horizontal seam. 

    Our layer heights vary between the first and middle image, depending on the size and detail level of the part. We love print lines, but you may want a smooth surface. This can be done in several 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! This method will weaken the item.
    • Fillers - Technically it is possible to use fillers thick such as Bondo, wood putty, ect. but you probably shouldn't. In our experience this method results in much more work than is necessary. 
    • 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.

     

    Paint

     We leave this up to the customer.  Post pics when your kit is complete. We love to see customer builds!

    NOTE: If you are trying to color match a screen accurate prop, we recommend joining FB groups, and the costume club forums. There you can get suggestions for paint colors, and brands. Also google is your friend! 

     

     

    Item Specific Assembly Instructions

     

     Please check the product page for kit specific instructions.

     

     

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