What IS a Makie?!

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What IS a Makie?!

Post by jupiternames on Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:58 am

From Alice, an early description of the Makie-making process:

That's right - MAKIES are kinda nothing like vinyl or resin, because they're not cast/moulded.
They're created using powdered nylon, which is melted into shape using LASERS! We then polish the end model with a tumbling machine for a bit…

The biggest thing to know about a MAKIE is that the surface is a bit porous. We don't yet know what happens when we add the gamut of paints, thinners and etc to a MAKIE: we've tested paints, but not thinners or removers.

Cleaning a MAKIE - they go in the dishwasher! (wig and eyes out, of course). But a dishwasher run won't remove normal makeup or paint, so watch out for that…

We'll post progress as we go, too, about what stuff we discover. MAKIES are a bit of a world-first: no-one's used SLS 3D printing before to make custom dolls, so there's a lot to discover…

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This should explain the difference between Makie "skin" and BJD "skin" for the curious.
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Post by jupiternames on Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:10 am

Also from Alice aka crystaltips:
25 june 2012

Yep, the print layers are 0.1mm - we then put the dolls through a vibro smoother, but some traces of rings remain.

In the FUTURE, print layers should be finer: I have a prototype printed by the manufacturers at 0.06mm layers, and at that point you can no longer see the lines. It's pretty amazing. Still a way off though…
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Post by jupiternames on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:59 pm

From Fragwyz on the topic of 3D printing mess-ups:

The Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers we use for Makies are a bit fiddly as well. The key to printing on them, as with the Fused Material Deposition (FDM) printers like the Makerbot, is controlling the print temperature. On FDM you get the effects like in the image(http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-23727229), on SLS the prints become wonky and they lose their definition, causing “scars” to appear in the faces. So unfortunately it looks like there's no printers in existence that work without issues. 

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