by • March 16, 2016 • One Comment
A few months ago I spoke with avid D&D player and Shapeways user Miguel Zavala who had just uploaded a massive library of two hundred 3D printable Dungeons & Dragons miniature versions. He made the library of figures of existing creations that he either heavily adjusted or for many of them just turn it intod himself of scratch via the Monster Manual as reference. For Zavala what started as a project to manufacture his own D&D minis turned into a project that he hoped may assist others enjoy a game that he has enjoyed for years. When last we spoke he had promised that he was going to keep going and may just stop when he ran out of monsters to 3D print.
It looks like Zavala is keeping his word, for the reason he just uploaded dozens of new 3D printable D&D monsters up to Shapeways that can be downloaded for free. Once again he did all of his 3D versionling in Blender, prepped them for 3D printing with Cura and printed all things on his Printrbot Simple Metal via PLA filament. In order to spruce the minis up a bit he smoothed them out with a few XTC-3D of Smooth-on, painted them via standard acrylic versionling paints and and so gave them a coat of glossy varnish.
This time around Zavala made a ton of new monsters and creatures, that include his fairly excellent version of Tiamat, the evil five-headed dragon goddess. His ridiculous Treeant version is in addition fairly awe-inspiring, and comparably massive to the rest of his creations. As with his previous D&D monsters Zavala has uploaded all things to Shapeways for download, but while you can require to turn it into an account to get his versions, they are all free thanks to a deal with the owner of the Dungeons & Dragons IP, Wizards of the Coast.
“Wizards of the Coast requested my versions taken down of Thingiverse. At initially I was a bit surprised as I wasn’t attempting to manufacture money off of this or anything. Thankfully when I reached out to them and explained my intentions, that were just to share my files so that man players may have just as much customization in their games as I have, they were fairly fair. They just popular the versions were on a site they had an agreement with. So that is why all my stuff is now on Shapeways. So long as I don’t try to sell any of their IP I can post away here,” Zavala explained to me via email.
As Zavala’s creations get larger and additional complex, they do end up becoming a bit additional complex to 3D print. Most of the tinyer in size creatures are fairly easy to print and can just require a few supports, but the larger the version the additional complex the supports can require to be. Zavala said that he turn it intod many of the parts so if they are laying down as flat as possible when they are 3D printed they should print satisfactory with a few easy rafting and tiny supports.
Zavala has promised to go on to manufacture his way through the entire Monster Manual, so any of you Dungeon Masters out there with a 3D printing device can have a lot of monsters to throw against your players. Be careful yet, he warns that the Zombies and Goblins can be particularly complex to print out, so select the monsters for your following campaign carefully. But he in addition points out that he included detailed 3D printing instructions on all of the item pages up on Shapeways. You can find a massive Imgur gallery of all of Zavala’s D&D versions here, and you can get the STL files directly of his keep on Shapeways. Discuss in the 3D Printable D&D forum over at 3DPB.com.
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