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How to Paint a 3D Print

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I love to make random things for my wife she is my world and I like to make her feel like that is the truth.

If you are like me and have even the slightest artistic skill and access to a 3D printer or know someone who does you can do this too!


This is my first instructable and I am happy to say my first 3D print also.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The main things you will need are:

Your print (obviously)

A pick of some type, I used toothpicks because I left my pick set at my parents house.          To remove the support material.

Some Isopropyl alcohol (I only had the stuff in the freezer NOT ISOPROPYL)                    To loosen the support material.

Epoxy.        Just in Case you break things off or in my case if the printer breaks your print.

Clear coat, paint, and primer to give the model a little "tooth".  (My wife likes things that aren't the same old, so I chose Pink Chrome for the bud and Black Nickel for the stem and leaves.)

Paintbrushes of choice.    I personally the best of the best available I notice a difference in the application of paint in such small tight spaces.

Paper towel or some type of cleaning rag.   Just in case you mess up or make a mess.

Step 2: Planning

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First you have to take your design that you want to print out and turn it into a whatever file extension that your printer takes, usually .OBJ or .STL, the one I used takes .STL. Most programs have a save as otherwise you can use a converter.

*WARNING* THERE IS A LOT MORE TO MAKING A PRINT THAT WILL NOT BREAK WITH THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH. THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE COVERED IN THIS INSTRUCTABLE!

Converter program:
quick3D Viewer 4.0:
http://3d2f.com/programs/7-890-quick3d-geometry-download.shtml



This skill behind this beautiful work of art goes to Nathan Brunner not myself it can be found here:
http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/Download-Model.aspx?catalogid=171&id=398422
sethzor (author) 1 year ago
@Annieannie I know this is a late reply but late is better than never. There are many types of 3D printing. To over simplify it: They either take plastic in a spool and melt it then let it cool as the entity they want, or the printer uses a combination of resins and when it is supposed to be part of the model it is uv cured solid resin or if it just support a weird squishy resin is deposited that can then be removed from the end model. There are many more types but those are the main two. Feel free to ask any more questions.
annieannie1 year ago
I am so very confused, or just dense..lol At any rate, You print out a picture, then it becomes this breakable item that you may or may not have to epoxy?? Can you help me to understand a little bit better? Thanks so much, the Rose is beautiful, by the way :)
spylock1 year ago
I got one.Take a rose,or any type of stiffer plant,I know plants work,but other things Ive not tried.Place the plant in drywall mud,as soon as its coated pull it out and allow it to dry.Then paint,and add a clear coat.
sethzor (author) 1 year ago
I used acrylic based paint. More specifically the Martha Stewart collection black nickel and rose chrome from michaels
Looks great! What type of paint did you use?