Here at Hackett 3D, we decided we wanted to produce a model that will show off the quality and capabilities of our Ultimaker printers. We wanted the model to show off the quality of print, the multitude of colours it can print and that it is paintable. So this is what we came up with.
We went with this cool ancient skull model, shown in the picture below. The model was found by Louise, a work experience student who had been with us for a couple of weeks during the summer. Louise found the model on www.thingiverse.com , which is a free 3d file warehouse, filled with thousands of great 3d models.
After a number of different ideas of how to print the model, we decided to split the model diagonally into two different thicknesses of cuts. The thicker cuts would be printed in all the colours we currently stock. The thinner cuts would be printed, and then sprayed gold. We played around with the order of the colours and came up with this order.
Once all the parts were finished, it was time to spray paint the thinner parts gold. Very important to have good ventilation and respirator masks for this part! Once the parts dried, we glued them all together. This was tricky as there are a lot of fine details that need to match up.
The finished model looks great! The gold contrasts the other colours brilliantly. It’s been a gret addition to our selection of sample 3D prints. Pop in any time to have a look!