The first project we attempted when experimented with computer design and 3D printing was one of our favourite (and most popular) spaceships, the Pommerania dreadnought. The beautifully detailed 3D model came back from the printers before Xmas, and after thorough cleaning in an ultrasonic bath Phil popped it into a mould. As the two halves shut in the vulcaniser, he reported hearing a loud crack, which isn’t normal !
We feared the worst, and when the mould opened our fears were confirmed:
The hull had split completely under the pressure of the closing mould, leaving us completely deflated – we’d been looking forward to getting the Pom back into production.
It wasn’t the only casualty – a prototype British destroyer also met a sticky end, snapping clean in two:
It’s not exactly back to square one – we’re going to experiment with beefing up the hulls slightly and using a different, stronger material. This material doesn’t take quite as much detail but we’re hopeful it will still look good.