I wanted to do this post for a long time. As you may already know, the world of 3D printers (as happened many years ago with paper printers, and with CD recorders) has continued to evolve according to the general trend of computer advances; They are getting better and cheaper every time (Undomain has talked at length about 3D printing, and will continue to do so). And, of course, we have reached a point that having a 3D printer is not expensive, and it is very appetizing for our world. Because, after all, what is more tempting than printing your miniatures and scenery for your games at home?
3d printers are very fashionable
Of course we don’t all have them at home yet (we didn’t have a CD recorder at the beginning either), but I think that over time they will become more common in many geek rooms . When you start in 3D printing, the most likely thing is that you will get a glimpse of Thingiverse , and that you will point to, say, clandestine groups of Telegram or WhatsApp to traffic STL files. Before long, someone will probably be tempted by some crowdfunding (heck, I’ve participated in several myself, without having a printer yet!), Since the price for the files is quite low.
But if there is one thing that has boomed this year, it is Patreon. Many companies are betting on this channel; you pay a subscription, they sculpt things every month, and the brand gives you STL files. There are many, I recommend that you look at this link . Some companies that recently made “traditional market” (I sculpt and take out the minis, either directly on the web or through crowdfunding) have found in this formula the key to achieve more, without the logistics and production problems of the world of minis. Companies like Raging Heroes have the Heroes Infinite patreon ; our friends from Last Sword are taking out a lot of miniatures , RN Estudio takes out their Mythbowlwith a team every month, or Forest Dragon and its miniatures for 10mm . The list is huge, and it grows and grows.
And, let’s face it. Browse through Thingiverse and find regular miniature, okay. Hacking STL files … who knows what gets you. But this kind of thing, that you pay a little every month and you secure a huge amount of files, I think they have hit the nail on the head.
Are we facing the end of companies that manufacture miniatures? I don’t think so, we all have a printer but many of us continue to buy books and comics. But without a doubt it can be a small revolution in which anyone from home in any corner of the world can offer us little wonders without having to belong to a large company …
What is your opinion?