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Old Oct 05, 2012, 05:20 PM
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I've done some work with a MakerBot Cupcake Printer.

For software, I use Rhino 3D (Not free). There is other free software out there, but I cut my teeth on Rhino and get super frustrated trying to learn anything else! Free software worth looking into is Art of Illusion AOI. Blender is another one. A guy I know does all of his 3D work with AOI (and he does a lot with it)

Bringing this back on topic: One thing I am going to try out soon is to print out a fuselage using PLA, then do the old trick where you do esaki tissue papier machet on the outside of the printed model. The last layer of tissue will probably be run through an inkjet printer for markings. Then, when it's dry, put the fuselage in the oven at 375 F (~190C) for a while and the PLA will completely liquefy, hopefully leaving a perfect fuselage.

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