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FAQ's

FAQ's + hopefully also answers

Q.  Who are we, cbr3d.com?

We are a new company based in the town of Milnthorpe, Cumbria, in the UK producing gaming 3d printed models for gamers and modellers. We are a husband and wife team (Bill & Chris) who have been wargaming and painting for more than 20 years and modelling for even longer than that! We have been 3d printing between us for more than 5 years, made the most common mistakes (and some rare ones as well) and have hopefully learned a lot along the way.

Q.  Why go with www.PrintableScenery.com?

Matt Barker created the first ever 3d printable wargame scenery website on the internet, www.PrintableScenery.com.  We first came across www.PrintableScenery.com during its very first crowd funding project on Kickstarter.com, and have fervently supported them ever since, the model designs are brilliant and rate constantantly as among the best available and the customer support is brilliant as well.   We finally managed to twist Matt's arm far enough (or the case may be that he got fed up of us asking) to allow us to purchase a licence so that we could produce PrintableScenery.com's models commercially. 

Questions about the 3d models produced

Q.  What type of 3d printing is used to produce the models?

We currently use what is known as 'FFF' (Fused Filament Fabrication) printers.

Q.  What type of material are the models made from?

Unless specifically stated in the individual model description the material used is a type of plastic called PLA (PolyLactic Acid).

Q.  What layer thickness do you print in?

The layer thickness generally is usually 0.1mm or 0.2mm (100 microns or 200 microns), though we can print when necessary layer thicknesses as thin as 0.05mm (50 microns) and if specifically and especially required thinner than even this!  (So as to give a reference point an 'average' human hair is between 40-50microns in diameter.)

Q.  What scales do you print in?

Our normal range of scales is from 1/300th - 1/56th scales and can accomodate 6mm - 28mm/32mm ranges of figures and figures.  This allows us to produce models for wargamers, board gamers, and model railway enthusiasts.
(NB. We can also produce models in other scales depending on the design of the print, so if you have a specific requirement outside our normal parameters please feel to contact us and we can discuss it.)

Q.  Are the 3d models supplied painted?

No. The only option currently are unpainted models. (It is though very likely that in the near future we will also be offering pre-painted models.)

Q.  Will the models need assembly?

Yes.  There may be some assembly required, particularly with larger models in the 1/56th (28mm scale). Obviously some smaller models will not require any assembly. In the description of each model details of how many pieces each model contains. Where appropriate an information sheet will also be included within the model box (as well as construction details being available online on this website).

Q.  Which glue do you use to stick parts of the models together?

We use super glue.  (A tip here is to have some bicarbonate of soda {baking powder} at hand, when ever using super glue and having trouble sticking pieces together sprinkle a little of the bicarbonate on one surface to be glued, it will act as a catalyst and speed up the reaction and stick the parts together much faster.  Warning: This is an exothermic reaction and a little heat will be produced.)

Q.  How do you paint the models?

Firstly, the model will need to be painted with a primer, a car body primer paint is suitable and can be purchased in spray cans, or most model primers are also suitable.  The primer does two things, it creates a base for the paint to attach to and it also helps hide the printed filament lines that are produced during the printing process.
Secondly, you paint the model as required with your chosen paints. 
The model can be varnished for protection of the paint work, if this is your choice may we suggest first applying a gloss coat of varnish (much harder than matt varnish) and then applying one or more layers of matt varnish to acquire your chosen effect.

Q.  Do the models need cleaning / trimming up?

As with most models there is the chance that there may be some strands of filament or very slight sanding of the model (though this is rare and all models are checked for quality before despatching), this will at most take a few minutes with a modelling scalpel or similar.
One very good thing about 3d printing is that you do not have a mold that ages or wares producing ever greater quantities of 'flash' or even misalignment of mold sections as occurs with injected plastic models.