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Learn to Make an Amazing 3D Printed Dragon Door Knocker with a Rusty Metallic Finish

by • May 1, 2016 • No Comments

InstructablesLogoWhen a machine that can manufacture anything that can be imagined is put into the hands of a fewone with an imagination that appears to have no limits, a few awe-inspiring things can take place. Obviously 3D printing equipment have additional uses and applications than I may most likely list, but if I’m being honest, for me there is nothing advantageous than giving a 3D printing device to a talented artist. Whether they are utilized to create consumer products, jewelry, style or just a rad thing to put in a display case, a truly artistic mind can always find a way to hustle the boundaries and do a fewthing that no one else may have at any time thought of.

Most individuals ponder of a 3D printing device as a device, or a innovation, howat any time for a few artists a 3D printing device is, at the end of a day, just another tool. It is fundamentally just a quite expensive paint brush, or a quite complex pencil, it’s just a fewthing that exists to assist them create their artwork. Spanish artist Sonia Verdu is no stranger to the pages of 3DPrint, we’ve featured her awe-inspiring work additional than once, and she always manufactures a fewthing that no one else has done preceding. Whether it is her attractive articulated Robotica doll, or the fully posable dragon named Braq, Verdu puts a lot into her projects, and they’re always showstoppers.


Believe it or not, this is not real metal.

Her latest project is an amazing 3D printed door knocker shaped like a dragon’s head that may appear right at home on any castle in Westeros. The 3D create alone is awe-inspiring, and is guaranteed to be one of those 3D versions that gets shared around for years to come. But it is significant to remember, it takes a lot of work to turn a plastic dragon head into a fewthing that anyone may be complex pressed to tell is not in fact created of real, weathered metal. And building that take place is where Verdu quite shows off her stuff.

Fresh off the 3D printing device.

Fresh off the 3D printing device.

Verdu has uploaded an Instructable detailing her system for 3D printing the dragon head door knocker, cleaning and smoothing it, and and so applying a finish to manufacture it appear like real metal. And that is not a clat any time paint job or a few fancy finishes that won’t hold up under close examination, she utilized a few tricks to quite donate the door knocker a metallic finish that is both realistic and understated. And the most part is, despite this project not being the easiest to do, with a few patience and a few complex work just of anyone can do a respectable job of replicating it.

Coating with iron powder.

Coating with iron powder.

The initially step is, obviously, 3D printing the door knocker. The 3D version was createed so it mayn’t require any rafting and just a few assists. It can be 3D printed in any material, but since it’s going to be finished not painted it is most likely a great thought to use a gray or a steel color filament. Once Verdu cleaned off all of the assist material, she filed down the rocky spots, actually via a soldering iron to smooth a few of the places where the assists left marks. The following step was giving it a resin coating to smooth out the effortless striation marks, any brand can do, howat any time Verdu chose XTC-3D of Smooth-On.

Using the weathering solution.

Using the weathering solution.

This following step is quite time sensitive — after the XTC-3D is applied there is just of an hour where it can be wet adequate to donate it a coating of quite satisfactory iron powder. Keep applying the iron powder to at any timey part of the version, as the resin can completely absorb the powder, that can donate the version its metallic appears. Once the version stops interesting the powder, set it aside to dry overnight. So sand away at the iron coating until the version details begin to pop again, and the metallic sheen begins to come throcky.

The version can be left as-is at this point, or weathered with a few oxidation. Verdu utilized ammonium chloride mixed with a few water to add a few rusty, weathering consequences. Just paint in the cracks, crevices and details, you can see the iron begin to rust approximately immediately. The final step is to use a few furniture polishing wax to stop the oxidation and finish it off by rubbing the wax with a soft cloth. The end outcome should additional than speak for itself. Whilst the door knocker won’t in fact manufacture a metal sound when utilized, it yet appears somehow awe-inspiring and realistic.3dp_doorknocker_complete

Obviously there is a lot additional to this system than I may cover here, thankfully Verdu included a full set of instructions and a shopping list on her Instructable. She in addition detailed how to 3D print the version over on Thindonaterse, and wrote of the entire project over on her blog.

And if you are just here to appear at the somehow pictures, and so take a appear at the video of Verdu finishing her door knocker, it’s mesmerizing. Isn’t this a neat thought? Discuss in the 3D Printed Dragon Doorknocker forum over at 3DPB.com.