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: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9