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Anyone know of a printing company that can print smooth no lines 3D parts. I'm interested in having a rifle printed. Thanks
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Shapeways can print perfectly acceptable 1:6 weapons but the level of detail will depend on the material that you choose to have your model printed with. Of course materials capable of producing higher detail prints are more expensive. Shapeways has a number of links and tutorials concerning their different materials. They also have a forum should you wish to create an account and discuss your project with other users. Before having anything printed, I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the materials that they use and then perhaps ask questions in their forums or elsewhere. There are also 3D printing related Facebook groups and pages that might be of help should you wish to look there.

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Thanks for the information. I have been using Shapeways and the ultra frosted detail plastic for a while now. It serves its purpose most of the time but even this smooth plastic has lines at times. There are many out there who print their headsculpts that have to be free of lines and imperfections. Who are the companies that print headsculpts?
 

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I had no idea how knowledgeable you were about 3D printing so I was just trying to cover the basics but it seems that you were already familiar with most or all of the information that I provided. I've bought a few 3D printed 1:6 items and I read about the technology on occasion when I run across something that's relevant to our 1:6 hobby but that's about as far as my knowledge extends. I did do a quick search concerning high detail 3D printing and it sounds like what you're looking for is a print service that can do "high resolution" 3D printing. A search for those terms will yield quite a few results but I have no idea what companies to recommend or shy away from. The link below might be a good place to start but I still think that forums and FB groups dedicated to 3D printing would be the best way to find the people that can send you in the right direction to find what you're looking for. Good luck with your project.

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