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What printing materials should I use? (Miniature figures, awards)

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Hello everyone.

I'm a miniature gaming hobbiest in the United States. My Ultimaker 2 was delivered today, and before I go home and start reading the manual, I wanted to ask some burning questions to the collective.

There are two things I would like to make with my printer:

Miniatures for personal use eg: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:745490

and Awards: hanging medals, "pins" etc

My questions are; what plastic would best serve me if I wanted a plastic that was primarily good quality/ease of use and having "good detail"? (my apologies for not knowing any related jargon)

I also understand that there are some "metals" that the Ultimaker 2 can print with that I would be interested in using to create the Awards. Any recommendations on that?

Thanks in advance.


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Hi Schwimmy,

If your just starting out 3D printing then I'd suggest PLA for most things. As long as the models aren't going to be kept in a hot car as PLA will start to loose its shape above 45-50C.

ColorFabb do some nice Copper, Brass and Bronze fill PLA filaments for the awards which can be shined up using wire wool or other polishing methods with some work.



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