Thanks for the link to Thingiverse. I'm actually familiar with it as well as quite a few other sites. Even many of the ones that sell models also have free ones to download, so I'm going to be quite busy for awhile finding the things I want to print. I also have something in mind that many 3D printing enthusiasts might not have considered and that's video game models. Bohemia Interactive released the models from their Arma 2 game for use by Arma 3 modders and there should be weapon or helmet models in there that can be printed with a bit of work. Going the video game route might not be ideal because some of the details are actually part of the textures rather than the models and they involve proprietary formats that will need to be converted. Fortunately, if a game supports modding, then there are usually tools (plugins) available to import and export models to different modeling programs and adding a few details should be easier than modeling from scratch. Another potential pitfall is that many games also support binarized 3D models, which means that they can't be converted to a useable format without being deformed but there are some games that don't. That's what makes the Arma 2 sample models a good choice. They aren't binarized like the original models are. There are other games that have convertible models as well but I wouldn't print any model obtained from a video game for anything other than personal use, as licensing has to be considered and most have license restrictions that prevent them from being used for commercial purposes.Here's a site that that you can get some 3d models for free but you are going to need to scale them down and maybe need to do some modelling on them Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects
and yes I have made my own models. I even made an enigma machine (I can get pictures of it if you want?)
There are 3 free programs you can use to make your own models.
The first one is Tinker Cad it's a browser/search engine program this i a beginners level one.
The second one is 3d Builder it's by Microsoft and i believe only for windows 10 this and intermediate one it has a slicer feature.
The third one is Blender this a very powerful one and is considered expert level as it has many features and functions.
Good luck on the printer and 3d printing, I hope you learn a lot and I hope it goes great.
Yeah the pricing for the Figures and accessories have gotten ridiculous for me as well.
I am thinking about starting a 1/6th scale 3d printed accessory business on eBay in couple of weeks to a month if you are interested? I just need to print some more products and make some adjustments and changes to my account as I already have an eBay membership. I'll sell the printed models unpainted. That way people can customize and paint the models that I have printed without having to ruin any paint schemes if I were to sell them painted. That way they could also paint cheaper models that I have printed and see what they like, instead of doing it and possibly ruining it on their more expensive and name brand ones.
Yeah he does many great pieces and he does seem to know his stuff.
Out of curiosity what accessories and/or guns would you like to see in 1/6th action figure scale?
Also have you heard that Dragon might bring back their action figure line this year?
I certainly know the feeling. I'm 55 but I've had an interest in 3D printing since I first read an article about it back in 2007. I've been wanting to get into it ever since and with printers now at an affordable cost, it seemed like the perfect time to dive in and it will hopefully be a way to deal with some of the more frustrating aspects of this hobby. Of course, all hobbies have their frustrating aspects and I'm sure that 3D printing will be no different. I don't know much about it yet (still waiting for my printer to arrive) but be sure to look at build volume and do lots of research. SLA (resin) printers are great for smaller items and can print very fine details but most won't allow for printing some of the larger items that a 1:6 vehicle might need, unless you can print the items in parts and then assemble. There are resin printers that allow much bigger items to be printed than most but the larger the build space, the larger the price tag. FDM printers generally allow for larger items but at a lower detail. Some enthusiasts have both types of printers for just those reasons but it's something that needs researching before any decisions are made.Awesome stuff guys.
I'm totally out of the loop when it comes to this end of tech, but it's something that has been interesting to me as a source of upgrading 1:6 vehicles and other bits and parts. Might be time for an older dog to learn new tricks.