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  • Smoothing 3D Printed Items

    FDM 3D printing creates objects by building the object layer by layer. This process leaves artifacts on the surface of the item. Here are a few examples. Layer Lines Top Surface Lines and Artifacts Supported Areas Overhangs There are many ways to hide these artifacts, some more involved than others. Over the years we have tried everything from vapor smoothing, to fillers like bondo. Of all the finishing methods we have tried we prefer resin coating. If done properly resin coating can eliminate ninety percent of the sanding usually necessary to get a smooth injection mold like surface. In addition the resin will add significant strength to the item as well as increase its temperature resistance. Resin coated PLA is stronger, and more temp resistant than ABS, ASA, or PETG! With resin coating the layer height, and surface quality are not very important, as it takes the same amount of work to finish a rough print as it does a very nice one. Preparation Preparing the item for coating is a breeze. After the item is assembled and any adhesives are dry you only need to sand the high spots, and scuff up any smooth or shiny areas to promote adhesion. This can be done with a scotch pad or perhaps 400-600 grit paper. Don't worry about the print lines, or other minor defects the resin will hide most of it. It is important to take your time when coating. The resin will self level to an extent but you will need to catch any runs or drips. Once the resin begins to cure leave it alone! Once cured you can trim drips, bumps, and runs with a razor and then sand it flat. You may want to do a second coat or simply touch up some areas. Be sure to scuff up any areas you want to coat again! NOTE: Thick resin will cover some of the details. To prevent this you can avoid highly detailed areas at first. Then thin the resin to coat the detailed areas. Please consult the manufacturer of the resin you choose for info on thinning it. You will also want to do some small tests before coating your entire item! Epoxy Resin Coating (Our Recommendation!) Epoxy comes in two parts; the resin, and a hardener. The resin is cured by a chemical process, achieved by mixing the two components. Some benefits include: The ability to adjust working time. The ability to adjust viscosity. No UV curing or washing necessary. Epoxy is much more cost effective than UV resin. The cured coating is not brittle. Excellent adhesion. There are many types of 2 part epoxy resins and most will get the job done. We have used table top resin, fiberglass resin, casting resin, UV resin and even cheap ebay resin. Check the manufacturers recommendations for the type and brand you use. Of all the types and brands we have tried we prefer XTC-3D as it is formulated specifically for this process and thus its properties are ideal. We have used if for many years and can verify claims by its maker Smooth-On. More info on the use of XTC-3D can be found here. You can thin XTC-3D with isopropyl alcohol for coating detailed areas. The following video demonstrates how to apply the resin. UV Resin Coating UV resin is a one part resin which is cured by exposure to UV light. Although this is not our preferred method, some find this easier to use than epoxy and so we have included this video for your reference. The main advantage to UV resin is that you do not need to mix it. Simply apply it to the part and cure it. There are a few drawbacks as well. Items produced with UV resin (sla printed), or those coated with it tend to be brittle. It is more difficult to adjust the viscosity. UV resin is significantly more expensive so if you are coating a large item or many items it will get costly. UV resin is not suited to large items or thick applications. You will need a UV light if the sun is not shining. Multiple Coats With any resin you need to take care when applying a second coat. With epoxy it is best to apply a second coat when the undercoat is still slightly tacky. With UV resin you will want to apply thin layers and fully cure each before repeating. After the undercoat is fully cured you will need to scuff up the surface to allow the second coat to properly adhere. After Coating Once the resin is cured you can sand out any imperfections. This is where taking your time while coating will pay off! In addition to removing imperfections, you will need to scuff up the entire item before primer and paint. At this point finishing is similar to any other item.

  • Taking Measurements

    Most measurements can be taken with a taylors tape. If you do not have one then you can use a string, then measure the string with a measuring tape or ruler. Here are instructions on how to make a homemade caliper for those who do not have one to measure with. https://3dcauldron.com/pages/homemade-calipers This is useful for width measurements such as head, shoulders, ect. NOTE: We only need the measurements relative to the item you are purchasing. Here is a video detailing how to properly take measurements. Head Note: It is more accurate to use calipers and measure width (ear to ear), depth (nose to back), and height (chin to top). Neck Upper Torso Biceps Forearms Stomach Waist Thighs Calves

  • How to: Homemade Calipers

    Materials needed: Cardboard box Razor Knife Ruler or Square Pencil STEP 1 Place your straight edge along your cardboard seam and edge and use your marker to make a line. Make two outlines. STEP 2 Use your cardboard cutter to cut out the two right angle forms. Now you have two arms of a caliper. STEP 3 Attach them together with a paper clip. STEP 4 Hold your cardboard caliper over the area to be measured so that the points of the caliper barely touch the subject. STEP 5 Measure between the arms of the caliper.

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    Jetpacks Jetpacks are our specialty. Most jetpacks will take 5-7 days to produce. If you have a file we would be more than happy to print it for you! Bounty Hunter Jetpack | Screen Accurate | Full Size Jetpack | Physical DIY Part Price $59.99 JT-12 Arena Jet Pack Kit Price $59.99 Phoenix Din Djarin Raw DIY Jet Pack Kit | Includes Mount! Price $59.99 Marshal Cobb Vanth Jet Pack Kit Price $59.99 Heavy Infantry Jet Pack Kit Price $59.99 Jetpack Kit for Sabine Costume | Built in Mounting Price $54.99 Digital Downloads Master Chief Helmet from The 2022 Show The Most Accurate Digital Download Price $25.00 Sokka's Boomerang from Avatar The Last Airbender Series 2024 | Digital Download Price $6.50 Backplate Armor for your Sabine Wren Live Action Costume | Digital Download Price $4.99 Dark Trooper Helmet Digital Download Price $7.99 Ragnar Foundling Helmet from Mando S3E1 Price $4.99 Custom Helmet Files Any Combination of Our Helmet Parts Price $9.99 Armor Baylan Skoll Armor from Ahsoka | Physical DIY Kit | Scaled to Fit Price $89.99 Imperial Mandalorian Commando Armor | Physical DIY Kit Price $74.99 Old Republic Jedi Armor | Raw DIY Kit | Scaled to FIt Price $429.99 Bounty Hunter Custom Mando Helmet | Scaled to Fit | Jido Loraay Price $74.99 Witch King Helmet and Armor | Scaled to Fit Price $320.00 Backplate Armor for your Sabine Wren Live Action Costume Price $39.99 Masks Masks You can get any of our masks sized to fit. Masks take 3-5 days to produce. You can get any of our masks sized to fit. Masks take 3-5 days to produce. Blasters EC-17 Biker Scout Hold-out Blaster Kit Price $24.99 Mando Blaster DIY Kit | Life Size Cosplay Prop Price $69.99 Westar 35 Blaster Kit with Moving Parts | DIY Parts Kit Price $24.99 DL-44 Inspired By Han Solo | DIY Kit with Moving Parts Price $24.99 Paz Heavy Infantry Blaster and Jetpack Kit Price $39.99 Cara Dune Blaster Price $24.99 Shop Now Shop Now Helmets Bounty Hunter Custom Mando Helmet | Scaled to Fit | Jido Loraay Price $74.99 Tech Helmet Bad Batch | Raw DIY Kit Scaled for You! Price $95.00 Master Chief Helmet from The 2022 Show This is the Most Accurate Halo Helmet Price $79.99 Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Rohan Costumes | Scale to Fit Price $75.00 Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Easterling Costumes | Scale to Fit Price $75.00 Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Eomer Costumes | Scale to Fit Price $75.00 Sabers 3D Printed Yoda DIY Saber Kit | Accurate 1:1 Scale Price $17.99 3D Printed Scalper Saber Custom DIY Saber Kit 1:1 Scale Price $19.99 1:1 Lightsaber Kit for Anakin Costume Price $19.99 Kyle Saber Kit with Stand | Moving Buttons! | DIY Parts Kit Price $19.99 Saber Kit for Luke Costume | Accurate 1:1 Scale Price $19.99 Saber Kit for Vader Costume 1:1 Scale Price $19.99 Props Equalist Glove | Full Size RAW DIY Kit Price $22.99 Obi-Wan Kenobi Knife KIT | Physical DIY Kit Price $22.99 Avatar Money Various Types 28 Different Coins Price $27.99 Freman Thumper from Dune 2021 - 2024 | 1:1 Scale | Physical DIY Parts Kit Price $45.99 Dune Sand Worm Articulated Price $19.99 Sword of Sauron Key Blade Broken Hilt from Rings of Power Price $29.99 Oddities Toothless Mystery Egg Flexi Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Mystery Egg Mario and Luigi 3d Printed Articulated Price $11.99 Mystery Egg Flexi Dragon Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Articulated Axolotl Desk Toy Large Flexible Axolotl Many Colors Avaiable Price $18.99 Cat Hats | Armor for Your Fluff Ball | Scaled to Fit Price $22.99 Dune Sand Worm Pencil Sharpener Price $12.99 All Products Toothless Mystery Egg Flexi Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Mystery Egg Mario and Luigi 3d Printed Articulated Price $11.99 Mystery Egg Flexi Dragon Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Baylan Skoll Armor from Ahsoka | Physical DIY Kit | Scaled to Fit Price $89.99 Articulated Axolotl Desk Toy Large Flexible Axolotl Many Colors Avaiable Price $18.99 Hanging Skull Planter | Succulent Planter Price $17.99

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    We Can Make your Project Come to Life Professional 3D Printing / Blazing Fast Speed Get a Quote View Our Catalog Oddities Quick View Toothless Mystery Egg Flexi Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Quick View Mystery Egg Mario and Luigi 3d Printed Articulated Price $11.99 Quick View Mystery Egg Flexi Dragon Fidget Toy Price $10.99 Quick View Articulated Axolotl Desk Toy Large Flexible Axolotl Many Colors Avaiable Price $18.99 Quick View Cat Hats | Armor for Your Fluff Ball | Scaled to Fit Price $22.99 Quick View Dune Sand Worm Pencil Sharpener Price $12.99 Quick View Funny Bathroom Signs Novelty Gender Bar Signs Any Color Price $16.99 Quick View Spirit Water Amulet Flask Accessory for Katara Costumes | DIY Kit Price $19.99 Quick View Paper Plane Launcher Price $12.99 Quick View Portable Camping Silverware Credit Card Cutlery 4X Price $12.99 Quick View Fire Nation Price Royal Relic worn by Zuko and Avatar Roku Price $17.99 Quick View Hogwarts Toilet Paper Roll Holder Price $17.00 Quick View Keystone Artifact from the Halo Live Action Series 2022 | Life Size Price $50.00 Quick View Frankenstein Light Switch Cover(Paddle, Grey) Price $12.99 Quick View 3D Printed Vented Barrel Extension for Nerf Models Price $17.99 Quick View Anonymous Bag of Dicks Stereotypical Size and Colors | Inclusive Diverse (Enter Price $12.99 Quick View 3D Printed Claw Barrel Extension for Nerf Models Price $17.99 Quick View Frankenstein Light Switch Cover (Toggle, Black, Copper) Price $12.00 Quick View Death Star Bookends Price $19.99 Quick View Anakin | Vader Pen Holder with Saber Pen Included! 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Quick View Master Chief Helmet from The 2022 Show This is the Most Accurate Halo Helmet Quick View Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Rohan Costumes | Scale to Fit Quick View Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Easterling Costumes | Scale to Fit Quick View Raw DIY Helmet Accessory for Eomer Costumes | Scale to Fit Club Approved Mirrored Visors Facial Obscurity Helmet Forge Helmet forge is a tool designed to scale helmets and other costume head wear. It is meant to be used on a desktop computer. The tool does not upload or save the files, everything happens locally in your browser. Why Choose 3D Cauldron? Cutting Edge Print Farm Our machines are capable of producing phenomenal prints fast. We have alot of them! Modern Slicers We only use modern slicers with all the bells and whistles. This ensures that no matter the geometry we can print it. Durable, High Quality Materials We have taken a vow to only use the highest quality materials! Experience We have been in business for 8 years! We know a thing or two about printing. Lots of Material Options Plastics Resin Specialty Testimonials The sheer joy when my friend opened the box and figured out what this was supposed to be was priceless. It was a perfect gift, thank you again desertxclaw Looks amazing, of course theres some adjustments that you need to do to the product like polishing it or sanding, but for the price and the quality its fine. Jeanpaul Super nice print! Not too hard to assemble, felt like putting together a nice model set based on instruction pics. Doesnt really need sanding or anything (I dont intend to do that), looks rewlly good even without. Carson The Possibilities Are Endless Customer Builds FAQ FAQ Do you leave room for padding? Yes we do. Unless you request otherwise we will add a little room for padding or an under suit. Do you accept commissions? Yes we do. For a quote send us a message with the requirements, 3d files, and your address. Can you size your items to fit me? Yes we can. Please send your measurements with your order or send us a message later. NOTE: Please send exact measurements. We will add a little room for padding. Can you add text or offer custom variations of your products? Yes! We can customize just about anything! Add custom text? Yes! Get individual parts of any kit? Yes! Can you mirror items? Yes! Change a logo or symbol? Yes! Can you offer mix matched armor sets? Absolutely! Can you give me a shipping quote? The best way to get an accurate shipping cost is to add the item to your cart, and enter your shipping address on the checkout screen. This will give you an exact shipping cost. How long until my item ships? Production time varies depending on the product. Although our items often ship faster you can expect small items to ship within 3 business days, large items in 5-7 business days, extra large items may take 2 weeks. Customizations and post processing may add a couple days to the order. Shipping times for commissions will be included in your quote. Do you accept returns? We accept returns on our physical items if they are returned in the same condition in which they are received. We DO NOT accept returns for customized items, commissions, or digital downloads. Though we will certainly work with you if there is shipping damage or a mistake on our part. If your item arrives damaged we will take care of the insurance claim and we will ship a replacement. Do you offer painted or finished items? While some of our items can be used unpainted, we do not offer painted items. We only offer raw kits which will need to be sanded filled and painted.

  • Helmet Forge | 3dcauldron

    Helmet Forge To get started click the show head button in the bottom right corner. Import your .stl file with the browse button near the top left. You may need to zoom in or out a little to show everything on your screen. Scroll on this box or the footer to scroll the page. Hover over the head measurements for info on measuring. This tool uses width, depth, and height. In the 3D view right click to rotate the helmet, left click to move, use the scroll wheel to zoom.

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