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Miniature Design Services

With state of art 3D modeling and 3D Printing services available in-house, we can offer end to end service to our customers. Our services include designing the miniature, 3D modeling and 3D Printing it. For large series, we can provide resin casting, plastic injection molding or metal casting.

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Technical Competency

Technically qualified team in various mfg. technologies

Competitive Pricing

Highly competitive price and bulk discounts also available

NDA & IP Protection

All designs and data are kept in highly secure private server

Overview

Miniatures are small scale replicas or models of something else. Sometimes these are toys, props, demonstrational pieces, or collectibles. Due to their tiny size and precise details, minis may be complicated to handcraft, especially in a larger quantity. 3D printing, on the other hand, provides a way to manufacture miniatures with decent quality and production time. But in order to make it work for your needs, there are a few facts to consider in regards to 3D printing small figurines and minis.

There are several areas, where small scale replicas and models are used, each sphere with its intricacies respectively. Here is a quick rundown of the small size figurines we are touching upon:

  • Tabletop wargaming minis
  • Action figures
  • Model figures
  • Scale models
  • Diorama pieces
  • Landscape models
  • Rail transport models
  • Dollhouse props
  • Educational models

Though all miniatures have much in common, they differ not only in size but also in the functionality of pieces as well as accuracy and stiffness requirements. As a result, certain production methods and 3D printing materials will suit each type of piece better.

Applications

Materials

Sand stone :

Color Jet Printing (CJP) builds objects layer by layer in a process called additive manufacturing. This 3D printing technology involves two major components – the core and the binder. The Core material is a fine gypsum-based or nylon-based powder. The binder is a super-glue like liquid mixed with the CMYK or CMY colors. The powder is spread in a thin layer over the build platform. After each layer is spread, color binder is selectively jetted from inkjet print heads solidifying and binding the particles together. Another layer of Core is spread over the previous layer and the process repeats to create a full-color, three-dimensional object.

ABS :

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS, is a widely used CNC plastic, which meets the needs of many industries because of its material properties and accessible cost. ABS is one of the best machinable plastics with a low raw material cost. Both of these factors have led to the use of the material for many prototyping applications, as well as certain end-use applications.

Nylon :

Nylon – polyamide (PA) – is an engineering thermoplastic with excellent mechanical properties and high chemical and abrasion resistance.

Softwares

ZBrush :

ZBrush is a 3D digital sculpting application developed by the American company Pixologic and combines 3D modeling, texturing and painting. It is considered to be one of the best and most popular software for creating 3D models. ZBrush does not use any CAD programs to create its models. Instead, it uses a “3D pixels” technology which is similar to sculpture. Each pixel, which is called “pixol”, contains information on depth, orientation, material and color value, making ZBrush one of the most user-friendly software for modeling and texturing.
It is basically addressed to experienced users, since this software has many complex features and tools which offer increased freedom while designing. It provides great depth and customization capabilities for everything from sculpting and brushes to materials and rendering, that’s why it has become the industry standard for highly detailed digital art in the fields of movies, computer games and illustration.

Meshmixer :

Another 3D modeling software developed by Autodesk, this timeless challenging and more user-friendly. Meshmixer’s 3D sculpting tools are somewhat basic compared to higher-end tools like Mudbox and ZBrush, however, because they are combined with dynamic remeshing infrastructure, it is possible to create extremely detailed surfaces with much lower polycounts. It is recommended for beginners in 3D modeling, students, designers, engineers and 3D hobbyists.

Maya :

Last but not least, Maya is another software coming from AutoDesk, as Mudbox and Meshmixer, yet not free. Maya software is able to produce animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering in order to help artists work faster with enhancements to existing workflows and providing new tools. Since recently Maya 3D modeling software is updated, it is also possible to sculpt virtual 3D surfaces like you sculpt real 3D objects from clay or other modeling materials. Instead of using clay, the virtual 3D surfaces are constructed using polygons. It is recommended that you use a graphics tablet in order to take full advantage of Maya’s sculpting features. However, you can still sculpt using a standard three-button mouse. Even though it may be a difficult software for beginners and you can sometimes experience bugs when designing, Maya is one of the leading industry 3D animation packages, it has won several awards and still has a lot of users. It is also common for the designers to combine the Autodesk software to reach the final result.

Design rules

Minimum Wall thickness:0.8 – 1 mm

Minimum details size: 2.5 mm (for text/ hole diameters etc)

Layer thickness: 0.08 mm – 0.1 mm

Max dimensions: 380 x 284 x 380 mm. Large parts can be created with assembling individual parts by interlocking designs or glueing together. 

Standard Accuracy: ± 0.3% (with lower limit on ± 0.3 mm).

Lead Time: Minimum 5-7 working days for dispatch

Surface finish: Matt finish & Gloss finish.

OUR VALUABLE

Clients

Think3D has been a great partner for us in supplying COVID-19 test cartridges on-time despite the pandemic challenges. When we came up with a new requirement needing a workforce of more than 25 people, think3D took up the challenge and arranged the workforce within 2 days. I highly recommend think3D for any manufacturing needs.
 

Sanket Srivatsav
Production In-Charge, Molbio

As a professor doing research on new materials, I needed a strong industry partner to assist us. think3D perfectly fit that bill. think3D team is highly knowledgeable on all manufacturing technologies and the team is very prompt in responding to all our requests. My research has been very successful, thanks to think3D team.


Dr. Karthik Chetan V
Asst. Professor, BITS Pilani

We found issue with one part at the time of assembly and needed a quick replacement. think3D team has quickly responded to our request, redesigned the part and printed it using metal 3D Printing and delivered in 3 days time. The part came out really well and the design was better than that of the actual one.


Rama Krishna
Senior Manager (IMM), BDL

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You can place an order here, upload your designs. Our in house design team will be in touch with you.

Min. 2 face references needed (front, and side)

  • Recommended: Same expression/ age & straight
  • More references are always better.
  • Inputs on size/ posture/ attire are welcome here

They are made of sandstone, it’s a finely powdered gypsum ceramic like material.

3D Printers and 3D Printing: Technologies, Processes and Techniques. 3D printing is also called additive manufacturing. This term accurately describes how this technology works to create objects. “Additive” refers to the successive addition of thin layers between 16 to 180 microns or more to create an object.

Yes, we can make the model with customized pose as per your requirement with more features. The time needed depends on the model and the detailing you ask for.

We care about representing your vision and designs as accurately as possible. Rendered Model will be shared for references with possibility of Color and Textures.

A 4″ Bust can cost INR 4,999.

6″ Full Body can cost INR 5,999.

9″ Full Body can cost INR 12,999.

Please make sure that extra charges will be added depends on the high detailed features in the model.

You can order just one custom miniature. This is a service for everybody. In fact, many of our customers are individuals.

All kind of bright colors, large patterns and textures work the best. 3D formation works great at producing bright, well-defined colors. Clearly defined bright colors will “pop” and look excellent. Having different color of clothing i.e. top bottom, shoes… different layers and patterns or clothing with color variations in it works very well. For family and group captures we recommend not wearing the exact same color of clothing to have each person dressed in a different shade of color.

We use the latest in 3D printing technology to build the Figurines, layer by layer. The material is a composite of sandstone that is laid down in full color in 0.1mm layers and then fused during the 3D printing process. Each model takes about 8+ hours to print and inspected by our skilled 3D technician to produce the highest quality model possible. The figurines are hollowed where and when possible to keep the material cost manageable. Care and maintenance for each model should be regarded as a porcelain ornament. 3D Models are for decorative purposes only. They are not be used as a toy or given to underage children. The material is hard and brittle and will break if dropped. In order to keep your model in the best possible condition, models should be kept in a warm, dry environment, prevent exposure to temperatures below freezing and direct sunlight.

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