Post by Christopher Roe on Mar 24, 2015 20:02:34 GMT -9
Oh man, that was a blast from the past! I was blown away to see that the pages were still good 6 years later!
That experiment with the Doomball, Sandmaster, and Perchie was a wonderful stress test for Ultimate Papercraft 3D and my Craft Robo II. It also had a lot of other interesting trickle-down benefits that led to Ebbles Miniatures being the first to bring to market a practical way of making hobby cutters viable tools for end users.
Fun bits of trivia that the beta testers like Squirmydad already knew:
The reason why the kit instructions for some of the 2008 models (Sandmaster, Percheron) started to be done in portrait instead of landscape orientation was because they were designed to be pre-printed inserts in precut model packages. The cover page was the topmost "box art" insert, and the instructions were intended to be printed on 11x17 stock and then folded and stapled into an 8.5x11 booklet behind that. The simplified Ebbles-yellow layout with large areas of white space was intended to keep printing costs low.
The disposable carrier sheet, which was a lot more practical for end users than the horrible early rubbery OEM superglue mats, was originally developed to serve three purposes: speed up machine output by eliminating the need to stop and peel between cuts, keep cut parts together on their frame, and protect them from damage during shipment. The use of Krylon 7020 spray instead of, say, glue sticks or whatever was because it was much more efficient for me to lay down 8-12 backing sheets at once and hit them all with a few passes from the can.
Organized archives of Robo Master GSD files for mass cutting and perforating, along with the associated production workflow, were the foundation for delivering cutfiles alongside downloadable models. Originally, they were separated into multiple passes of cut files and perf files and color-coded so that batch prints could be cut and scored in batches for speed, and the first cutfiles to be included with downloads were consolidated from those mass production batch cutting/scoring files.
The need to "keep the machine happy" and thereby reduce the incidence of QA problems with cuts led to simplifying the unfolded patterns for a lot of common shapes like wheels, which had the side benefit of making things easier to cut out and assemble for hand cutters as well.
In 2012, I was able to actually step up the production values even higher than what you'd already seen from the 2008-2009 test runs. Water-resistant ink prints that actually took my breath away when I saw the first test prints, being able to custom-laminate the exact thicknesses I needed on a per frame basis, finer blade depth control from the new dial-a-depth Silhouette blades, better looking packaging/inserts, less blade twist damage to prints, and the ability to do different page formats like 5x7 for smaller scales. I wasn't able to do anything with that because my current office is super tiny and my time/space has been monopolized by a Day Job.
When I get back into the game with a bigger office and a lot more free time to devote to papercraft, however, I'd really like to be able to offer print-and-cut as an option.
Vermin King: Not the style you are looking for, but try a search for 'paper theatre' or 'paper theater', and you will find a few pages of epinal figures. Not many, but I know there are a few
May 14, 2019 5:08:58 GMT -9
shep: Does anyone know where to find decent individual minis of late Roman Republic era civilians? From senator to slave, every mini would be great, as long as they are not legionaires or generals or other military (Praetorian Guard and Roman Vigiles excluded)
May 14, 2019 4:20:32 GMT -9
wyvern: Nah, just rewatched the 1931 Universal "Dracula" movies (the Lugosi one and the Spanish version)
May 1, 2019 12:20:34 GMT -9
Vermin King: did you do your bonfire?
Apr 30, 2019 10:08:38 GMT -9