Stephanie Benoit February 21, 2017

Raging Heroes is a company based in the South of France that creates miniature models based on the stories and characters they’ve designed over the years. These collectibles are sold to fans, gamers and collectors all over the world, and they’ve achieved an outstanding reputation for quality. So what’s the secret to making such highly detailed models? 3D Printing!

 

Mounted knight musician master model
Mounted knight musician master model
Scenery test model
Scenery test model

3D Printing offered several advantages over traditional methods of manufacturing. As the models of Raging Heroes are extremely complex for their small scale, it was impossible to achieve such a high level of detail any other way. And 3D Printing also offered Raging Heroes the opportunity to test out new characters or poses with prototypes more quickly and cost-effectively. When designing models for Stereolithography (where prints are cured by a laser in resin), it is crucial to add support structure, as the model would otherwise float around in the liquid resin. Raging Heroes was designing these support structures manually, which would take them anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. But after implementing Materialise e-Stage – software which automates this process – it took them under five minutes! By using e-Stage, their production process speeded up exponentially. A freelance 3D artist at Raging Heroes told us, “The automatic generation of the support structures is a real plus in the process. Both for the highly detailed masters as well as for quick prototypes at lower detail scale. Furthermore, the finishing process after using Materialise e-Stage is really effective and easier than some other software packages with heavier supports. We can easily remove the support structures of big sculptures with many contact points. After the support removal, there are only a few marks on the prints, which can be smoothened in no time.

 

“We simply haven’t found a better solution in the market than Materialise e-Stage,”

Horse pieces in Materialise Magics

Horse pieces with e-Stage support structures

Read our case study for a more detailed account of this project! And find out more about Materialise e-Stage on our website, or get in touch with us for a free trial.