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Printing tatami bases

2019-10-10 by David

It was a while ago since we made any base sets, when we released our zen garden bases to go with the accompanying zen garden terrain set. So I thought, with the recent release of the farmhouse set (and the upcoming castle!!!), it was a good time to add to the range of bases.

 

This upcoming set of tatami mat bases are designed for a variety of games - Test of Honour and Bushido among them. Using the tatami mat file from the farmhouses, and some 3d software magic, we now have round and square bases in 25mm, 40mm, and a large 60mm group base for Test of Honour....



▲ The bases in the photograph above are both 40mm bases. Can you guess the difference?

 

The base on the RIGHT was printed in one piece, flat to the print bed, in PLA filament. It didn't really work at all, as I expected. Due to the layered print process of an FDM printer, the detail just doesn't work, even at this 0.1mm layer resolution.

 

The base on the LEFT was printed in 4 parts (see below), and the print lines were oriented to the lines of the tatami mat. It wasn't a fast process, maybe 80 minutes at 0.1mm resolution, but the result was much, much better. Then you simply glue together.

 

For those of you printing in resin, you can obviously just go ahead and print the whole, one-piece version of the base. But for the majority of you printing in PLA, alternate versions of the files are provided, with the bases neatly cut up for perfect printing.

 

 

 

▲ Here's an example of the printing process for a square 40mm base on a FDM printer (my Tevo Tornado). I recommend printing with a brim, to prevent the upright pieces from wobbling.

 

All bases have a hole in the underside suitable for a 5mm x 1mm magnet.





▲ Finally, for today, here are a few base versions from the set. We have round lipped base surrounds suitable for Bushido players, in 30mm, 40mm and 50mm sizes. Resizing guidelines can be found on the product description page for the tatami bases.

The very cool 60mm group base for Test of Honour players is rolling off the printer as we speak, so we'll have finished and painted photos for you very soon. Watch this space!

 



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