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RidgeRunner

Designing resin parts ... A naive question!

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I know this is a naive question but I am intrigued. How are such complex small parts designed for resin reproduction? I continue to be asstounded by the detail produced and woyld love to know how it is acheived. Thanks.

 

Martin 

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Usually scratchbuilding, then bringing the master into a castable form by cutting into manageable pieces. Producing a form, casting.

These days digital manufacuring comes more and more into play but is not able to reach the finest detail levels yet. This way the master would be modelled on a computer, 3d printed, formbuilding, casting.

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3 hours ago, Schwarz-Brot said:

Usually scratchbuilding, then bringing the master into a castable form by cutting into manageable pieces. Producing a form, casting.

These days digital manufacuring comes more and more into play but is not able to reach the finest detail levels yet. This way the master would be modelled on a computer, 3d printed, formbuilding, casting.

Wow! So the likes of Aires, Pavla, Blackird and many others do it this way?

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I do not recognize any of these names (I'm a car guy, sorry), but yes, somehow a master has to be made, and that usually is scratchbuilt buy someone. There's other ways to get moulds for casting, but they are rare. For example the mould could be carved directly, like it was the case with very old plastic kits. AFAIK relief miniatures are done by carving the mould into slate.

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