Most of my printing lately has been for droid projects. However, I do fit in some other fun prints here and there. This post will highlight a few of those prints that I’ve completed in the last week or so. All of the STLs from these prints were designed by Geoff Wicks and posted on his Hex3D Patreon. The quality and quantity of print designs knocked out by Geoff every month are genuinely astonishing.
Stan Lee Bust
Up first is the Stan Lee Memorial Bust Excelsior designed by Geoff. I printed this one on my Ender 3 Pro using Iron Gray PLA from FilamentOne. I used CURA with a .16mm quality. The print used tree supports and a brim. The hotend temp was 210C, and the bed was 60C.
I am delighted with how this bust turned out. It is an excellent memorial to a great man. I’m thinking about printing this in resin and letting my kid take a go at painting it. I really would like the red from the Spiderman costume part of the bust to pop out.
The only thing missing here is a bust of Jack Kirby to go besides it.
Doctor Who Silence Bust
When people talk about the genre of horror, I feel Doctor Who is often overlooked. Examples like the Silence show just how scary the good Doctor’s opponents can be. Geoff created an excellent design showcasing how creepy the Silence creatures are.
This bust was printed on my Ender 3 Pro using Iron Gray PLA from FilamentOne. I used CURA with a .16mm quality. I used tree supports and a brim. The hotend temp was 210C, and the bed was 60C.
The Iron Gray looks a little darker than this image shows. But I wanted more light on it to show the small details Geoff put into this design. I think I will print a larger version of this and place it in a shadowy corner for Halloween.
King Eddie Bust
One more bust from Geoff this week. This time it is King Eddie. As an old metalhead and Iron Maiden fan, I couldn’t pass up printing this one out. But I think I’ll lose this one to my middle child, who also has excellent taste (and talent) in music.
I used my Ender 5 Plus to print this one out. The filament is Sandman Tan PETG from GreenGate3D. I recently bought a bunch of PETG from GreenGate3D based on good luck with the samples I’ve printed. This Sandman Tan printed quite nicely, and I would use it again. I used CURA to slice the STL. I’m not happy with how CURA treated the chin, and the only issue with this printout has to do with the slicing. So it might be time to switch back to Simplify3D again. The problem is I like using tree supports.
The hotend temp for this print was 235C, and the bed temp was 80C. It was sliced with a .16mm quality and included both tree supports and a brim. The brim wasn’t necessary and probably should have been left off.
Sometime in the future, I plan to finish this off with some brown rub’n’buff. I think that will give it a lovely aged look having the rub’n’buff in the cracks. The Sandman Tan should look great with the contrasting brown (if it looks the same as it does in my head).
Deluxe Ironman Mk3 Helmet
The last print I will post is not a bust. Instead, it is a Deluxe Mk3 Ironman Helmet designed by Geoff. Geoff’s exclusive helmet designs are just incredible.
This was printed as one piece on my Ender 5 Plus and took just over four days to complete. I used Iron Gray PETG from FilamentOne. I used CURA to slice with .16mm quality. I used tree supports and a brim. The hotend temp was 240C, and the bed was 80C.
To finish this off, I plan to use some rub’n’buff to bring out the details. I am unsure of the color rub’n’buff I will use to do so. I’ll have my youngest son help me with that; he has an eye for colors.