Just received a (very) cheap 3D printer and made some tests. Quality of prints can vary hugely and half of the prints are failed, but it was a challenge to try a model designed for a high quality printer service: a grindstone for 15mm miniature made in Blender. A lot of very small details. The first version didn’t print well as the legs were too thin for the low resolution of the printer. A block was added under the grindstone and a new print made.
Inspiration for the grindstone come from the video game “Skyrim”, but this kind of tool was commonly used in sawmill in the Alps mountains. A grand uncle had such a sawmill and tools some years ago.
The Blender model, with small nails and metal plate.
The printed result, the nails and metal plate are too thin and not printed. The grindstone is on the printing raft, overall length: 20mm. Definitely not as good as a what a quality printer can do, but usable. It’s a pleasure to see a non-existent model come to reality layer after layer. Total printing time: about 40 minutes with a resolution of 0.04 mm by layer.
And the painted grindstone, with a 15mm and 28mm miniature for size comparison.