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3D printed props

I was interested in having some props/decorations in my theater room and as the university I work at has 3D printers, I thought it would be cool to have them done there.


Until I saw how much they charge - $0.25/gram. If you're printing small things, that's certainly no big deal. But the things I was looking at are much larger. And there are quite a few of them. The first item right out of the gate would have set me back about $100.


So I bought my own 3D printer for $200 instead. My first two pieces have finished printing, now I just need to glue the halves together, fill in the gaps and paint.



I did some searching but surprisingly didn't see that anyone else was printing things like this. If you are, feel free to post them. I need more ideas (although I already have a hell of a backlog) of things to print!
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New print just finished. Obviously the T-800 from The Terminator.
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New print just finished. Obviously the T-800 from The Terminator.
I actually think this is a pretty neat idea.

My Could prob configure some sort of lightbox type area in a theatre, even light up the idol especially to mimic the movie, could be an excellent piece in a theater.

Would look for painting tips from guys who paint stuff for Miniature Wargames like Warhammer 40k, Infity etc. They have perfected the art of painting plastic imo, could prob do some really sick stuff with little work.

Like for the terminator skull and idols both, getting metallic finishes on them wouldnt be too difficult with the right sprays/priming.
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I am considering making shadowboxes out of my absorptive panel room treatments rather than plain slabs or fabric-printed posters. This might be a clever way to fill them. How did you come up with the models?
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I actually think this is a pretty neat idea.

My Could prob configure some sort of lightbox type area in a theatre, even light up the idol especially to mimic the movie, could be an excellent piece in a theater.
I wasn't planning on supplemental lighting for the items but it would be a good addition, even if it just low powered LEDs.

My intent was simply to pull some of the pallet wood off the back wall, build 4 sided boxes out of plywood for a floating shelf then use the pallet wood for the face.
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Would look for painting tips from guys who paint stuff for Miniature Wargames like Warhammer 40k, Infity etc. They have perfected the art of painting plastic imo, could prob do some really sick stuff with little work.

Like for the terminator skull and idols both, getting metallic finishes on them wouldnt be too difficult with the right sprays/priming.
I have the epoxy, filler, primer and paint for the idol. Truth be told, I wasn't planning on painting the Terminator, besides some red for the eyes and maybe black for the T-800. I could always do it at some point in the future, though.
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I am considering making shadowboxes out of my absorptive panel room treatments rather than plain slabs or fabric-printed posters. This might be a clever way to fill them. How did you come up with the models?
That would be cool. Please post pictures if you do it!

I'm not nearly good enough at 3D modeling to create my own things. Thankfully there are sites like Thingiverse where people have already done the heavy lifting. You just need to download, print and paint.
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I could see some practical applications such as conversion of in wall speakers to overhead ATMOS speakers, and maybe wave guides for speakers, for those talented enough to design 3D components.

I could also see media bookcase style ends for media shelves or racks.



My sole printed application home theater related, to date, is a printed fan bracket to blow air over the pci-e M2 ssd. But I could also see where I could easily use this sort of application to custom build interior components
for a custom built htpc, Things like a ssd holder, and fan housings, that could basically go into a metal box, that could be given something a faceplate made from MDF and given a gloss piano painted finish.
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I could see some practical applications such as conversion of in wall speakers to overhead ATMOS speakers, and maybe wave guides for speakers, for those talented enough to design 3D components.

I could also see media bookcase style ends for media shelves or racks.



My sole printed application home theater related, to date, is a printed fan bracket to blow air over the pci-e M2 ssd. But I could also see where I could easily use this sort of application to custom build interior components
for a custom built htpc, Things like a ssd holder, and fan housings, that could basically go into a metal box, that could be given something a faceplate made from MDF and given a gloss piano painted finish.
SSD rack
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:552706

Cable Organizer
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1320948

One of many bookends
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3104776

The list goes on and on!

The problem with 3D printed diffusers is the amount you typically need and the size limitation of the printer bed (the Ender 3 is roughly 8"x8"). Short of the time involved, the designs you could do would really not have a limit.
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I could see 3D printing something like my antique art deo theater Exit sign, in 2, 3, or even 4 pieces, glue together, and paint. Light it via led for no/low heat.

Maybe a custom switch face plate, for a group of switches? Stand off 3D lettering for a feature wall, small home theater related signage, and even washroom signage, for
larger dedicated home theaters, with lobbies. All kinds of small details such as 3D corner details for some thing like a fancy art deco style movie poster light box.
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This is probably off topic but..............


I use 31" action figures as HT decoration Batman, Superman, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader etcetera

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I haven't had a ton of time to work on it and when I have, being this was my very first print, the learning curve was a bit more than I was expecting but it's getting there.


Right after I glued the two halves together:





After a lot of filling, sanding, priming and the first coat of gold:





The second coat of gold smoothed things out a little bit more and, sure, there's still some issues with it but I'm calling this one good enough (the imperfections that are there aren't nearly as obvious as the camera makes them appear, honest!) and am moving on to finishing the next one. Or more accurately the next four as they all go together.
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https://www.avsforum.com/forum/showt...6#post58068936

Just saw this..... It isn't printed, it's a toy, and the finish work is pretty amazing. I felt that alone, is worthy of inclusion in this thread.
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Oh hai, everyone, didnt know we even had this area.

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I built illuminated display cases into my theater columns to display this kind of stuff.



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I was interested in having some props/decorations in my theater room and as the university I work at has 3D printers, I thought it would be cool to have them done there.


Until I saw how much they charge - $0.25/gram. If you're printing small things, that's certainly no big deal. But the things I was looking at are much larger. And there are quite a few of them. The first item right out of the gate would have set me back about $100.


So I bought my own 3D printer for $200 instead. My first two pieces have finished printing, now I just need to glue the halves together, fill in the gaps and paint.



I did some searching but surprisingly didn't see that anyone else was printing things like this. If you are, feel free to post them. I need more ideas (although I already have a hell of a backlog) of things to print!
Where are you sourcing the models from, and what is the maximum size?

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Where are you sourcing the models from, and what is the maximum size?
My go-to is Thingiverse then if they don't have it I start looking elsewhere. I'm working on my first "complex" design from scratch but I haven't had a lot of time to get things figured out and dialed in just yet.


Print size on my Ender 3 is give or take an 8.5" cube. Most files on Thingiverse are designed to be printed in pieces and glued together. In hindsight, I should have printed the Indy idol in one shot instead of two but I wasn't ballsy enough for my first print with the new printer to be 36 hours.
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Great looking room, griffindodd!


Looking through your thread, it looks like most of your props are off of ebay?
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Great looking room, griffindodd!


Looking through your thread, it looks like most of your props are off of ebay?
Thanks. Glad to find others who enjoy props as part of their rooms.

Yep I've found some nice pieces on Ebay, but also bits from Etsy, Wish, Amazon and of course Sideshow.



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Interesting thread! Wish I had room for display cases like @griffindodd built into his theater.

So far the only theater-related prints I've done are these brackets to wall-mount a DC power supply (my design) and a Fibaro RGBW z-wave module (design from thingiverse) inside one of my columns. This gear runs 24V LED strips.






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