I found this cute SDE sized Gelatinous Cube on Shapeways and as the Cubes are some of my favorite monsters from D&D, I decided I needed one.
I ordered the model in “Plastic: Frosted ultra detail”, which is one category below the printing quality I chose for the Ghost model. I don’t know if it was due to the printing quality or the model itself, but there were noticable steps on the surfaces of the sides and top of the cube. As there were none on the front and the eyes I think it is an issue with the model, rather than the printing quality. The problem was only minor, though, as a few strokes with a file removed the steps.
I’m rather sure that 3d printed minis will have a big impact of the mini industry in the coming years. Heard a lot of good things about Shapeways and decided to place an order with them some weeks ago. Was pleasantly surprised that they have a production center in Europe, which had a very positive effect on delivery costs and time.
My first ever painted 3d model is the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels in about 1:1650. It should fit in nicely with the Rogues and Villains expansion for Star Wars: Armada. The model was created by Mel_Miniatures.
The models on Shapeways are still rather expensive. More than 16€ for such a small model is a hefty price. In X-Wing scale the model costs more than 150€, which is about triple the price the prepainted Ghost model from Fantasy Flight is expected cost.
I chose “Plastic: Frosted extreme detail” for the printing quality and the detail on the mini is really great. The material seems to be very durable, but I had to clean it very thoroughly before it accepted paint.