Kids just love action figures. These toy figurines are representations of whatever just caught their fancy, probably a favorite cartoon character, a favorite person they see on television on a regular basis, characters from a computer game they like playing, or just some animals or other creatures that seem interesting to them. Action figures can take the form of toy soldiers, dinosaurs, even Spongebob Squarepants and his gang from Bikini Bottom.
Love for action figures, however, is not limited to kids alone. Even grown-ups love action figures, especially those that were made so accurately and with elaborate detail. Examples of these figurines are those of characters found in computer games such as World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy or Lord of the Rings. What is even more important to make note of is that most grown-ups have the money to spend on these special toys.
If you are one of those people who have a huge love for action figures no matter what age you may be, you can actually make your own if you do not feel like the figurines that you can find in toy stores give justice to the character that you love. And if you are the enterprising type, you can even make money out of making your very own action figures. All you need to have is a 3D printer.
Making Action Figures with 3D Printers
3D printers are marvelous machines. They can help you create almost anything. All you need to do is to create a 3D image using CAD software and process it in such a way that the image will be sliced into layers. Then, you feed the image to the 3D printer and the printer will render this image layer by layer. Once it is done, you will have made an accurate 3D scale model of the image you have drawn.
The same principle applies with creating objects with using 3D printers. There are actually special pieces of software that can help you produce animation figures in 3D. These software pieces can be very helpful if the action figure you will be crafting is based on a game like World of Warcraft where there is already a 3D figure available, the figure being the character generated while rolling one in the game. You feed the image to the printer and then feed the printer with cartridges of colored plastic polymer. After an hour or two, you will have a colored figurine that you can play with or display on your shelves or just brag about to your friends.
For Fun and Profit
If you are an avid collector of action figures, creating them with the use of 3D printers can save you a fortune. Elaborately crafted figurines, even of action heroes, can be quite expensive when bought from a store, especially if they are the rare types. But why agonize over buying your toys from a store when you can craft your own.
You can even make some profit out of your little project. If you market your project carefully and let people know about it, the more likely that they will commission their favorite action figures from you.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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