30 September 2022
State-of-the-art colour 3D-printer used to manufacture new miniatures in scales from N to G.
Australian manufacturer, West Edge 3D is increasing its range of 3D-printed, full-colour model figures, created from 3D scans of people.
Its focus at present is on 'contemporary citizens' – a variety of which is often lacking in many manufacturer's ranges – though it plans to move to period figures over time. Its current range features clothing that is universal around many parts of the world.
Its Stratasys J55 Prime printer enables detail in clothing to be created, with patterned fabrics and checked shirts visible in 4mm:1ft scale.
A number of cemetary headstones and memorials have been produced using photogrammetry. The memorials are reproductions of those found in Sydney's cemeteries including Rookwood, the city's largest.
Close examination of the two photographs below reveals the geographical orientation of the original memorials – sun-bleached to one side, with mould on the other:
West Edge 3D's owner and operator, Lindsay O'Reilly, also co-founder of Ixion Model Railways and electronics engineer Moss West, said, "These figures can be printed in any scale from N to G, the larger the scale, the more detail is evident. The growing range of colour accessories is planned to include structures and station, platform, yard and architectural details."
A selection sample of West Edge 3D's 4mm:1ft scale (OO) figures in modern dress.
For pricing, availability, and options for customisation, visit the manufacturer's website.
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