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My husband and I had our 10th Anniversary a few days back, and ordered ourselves custom little steel/bronze figurines. They're so tiny and so cool and I just had to share them!
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I have a pet dragon, and a lantern, and books and goggles!!!
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My husband IS a dragon, with a pet dragon and a cat, and a revolver, and a top hat, and a rocket pack (on the back)!
 
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I just looked up drivel. I had to hold back a laugh (lest I wake my sleeping children) about the last definition.


driv·el
ˈdrivəl/
noun
1.
silly nonsense.
"don't talk such drivel!"
synonyms: nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo, garbage; informal poppycock, piffle, tripe, bull, hogwash, baloney, codswallop, flapdoodle, jive, guff, bushwa; informal,tommyrot, bunkum; vulgar slangcrapola, verbal diarrhea
"he was talking complete drivel"

verb
1.
talk nonsense.
"he was driveling on about the glory days"
synonyms: talk nonsense, talk rubbish, babble, ramble, gibber, blather, prattle, gabble, waffle
"you always drivel on"

2.
archaic
let saliva or mucus flow from the mouth or nose; dribble.

 
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Those are really cute, where did you get them?
 
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We got them at heroforge.com. They have a LOT of different options that you can fiddle around with in their 3D designer. It's fun just to play around for free and design characters, LOL!

They have lots of different types of materials, too. There's a cheap nylon plastic for $14.99, and higher quality (with better detail) black plastic for $29.99 (and, I just looked at their website, they have a new BETA white plastic for $24.99). The "steel" option is the one we picked, and it's a mix of steel and bronze for $34.99/figure. We knew the detail would be less than the plastic option, but I loved the idea of a durable METAL figure. They also, if you're made of money, have a lost wax cast bronze $99.99--but we sure weren't able to spend that money!

I really love how they turned out. I love the slightly bumpy texture, and how very durable they are. Sure, the detail might be slightly less than the black plastic, but it's so much cooler. Totally worth $34.99 per figure. I definitely recommend them!

I can't wait until our kids are older and we can play board games with them! For now, all we can use them for is Candy Land, LOL! We plan on letting our kids design their own when they're a bit older.  Our daughter is only 10 months, so really has no input. My son is three, and he did design one, but we weren't quite sure if he'd still like his design in a year or two, and he kept changing his mind. So, we'll wait a few years before ordering his .
 
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We just bought a small 3D printer, and can do sand cast and lost wax casting here. I never thought of printing then casting figures like that.

Those are really cool.
 
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That's so cool that you have your own 3D printer! What do you make with it? Is it really fun to play with, or do the materials to make stuff cost a lot. I'm still rather in awe of the fact that one can 3D print metal :O
 
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We are just getting it going. We bought a 'kit'. I have a lot of manufacturing line experience so I did a lot of the build. This weekend we're going to see what we can do with it. It went on sale at this one place, short amount of time and so many and I made it happen. He's trying to figure out the coding... heh.
 
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Played with their site further, they do sell programs to run on 3d printers that can handle .stl format... I could order a program, run it on my own, then do a LPC instead of a LWC and cast it in my own metal. Better of worlds. Touch up the plastic printed model and cast my own. Totally, thanks for the link!
 
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You're welcome! I'd love to see your characters after you've cast them. That's so cool that you have your own 3D printer that does metal! My mind is still blown that there are 3D printers that do such things. The advances in technology!
 
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Mine won't do metal. BUT. I have the ability to cast metals. I can use the 3d printer to make items to make molds to cast metal. So do it first in plastic with the printer, set it up to make the mold to cast metal into, melt metal and cast, then retrieve the casting and clean it up as needed.
 
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