Printer Upgrade and Maintenance

The rollout of the ship models has been taking longer than I expected. This has mostly been due to a long cascading process of needed maintenance on the 3D printer we are using. The upshot is that some of the parts are being upgraded, most notably the extruding nozzle now has a smaller hole. This will slow down production since the finer layers will take longer to build. On the other hand the models should be capable of a finer detail. We are still working the bugs out and it is still possible that we will have to go back to the old size for a variety of reasons. It turns out these printers are complicated, way beyond my understanding and patience. A big thanks to Alex for working the technical side of things.

However, if he manages stabilize this process like a boss, this might be the new standard of ship pieces:

These were taken with a camera that has actual optics and a macro setting so you should give a pretty realistic impression of the models, warts and all.

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