Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about Moddler.
If you still have a question, please feel free to contact us.
What does Moddler do?
We create physical models of our clients’ digital models.
How do you do it?
We use the latest 3d printing equipment, an Objet Eden 500v polyjet.
What is 3d printing?
3d printing refers to an industrial process where digital data is translated directly into a physical model. It has been around in one form or another for 20 years and has been used mainly for creating prototypes for the automotive, aerospace and OEM industries. There are several different technologies out there that have various strengths and weaknesses. Whatever the technology, these machines essentially operate like big printers that print in three dimensions instead of two.
So, this is just a high technology company?
Not really. Despite the fact that we use cutting edge technology, preparing digital models for printing and cleaning 3d prints requires a good deal of old fashioned patience and craft. Each piece is carefully cleaned, prepped and packaged so that you receive an intact, beautiful 3d print.
What do you know about digital content creation?
A pretty good amount. Moddler was founded by John Vegher, one of the founders of Giant Killer Robots and Pixel Liberation Front. An Emmy winner, John brings his 12+ years of visual effects experience to Moddler. He understands the unique challenges you face in the world of digital production.
How big of an object can Moddler print?
We can build a single part up to about 20″ x 15″ x 8″. Anything larger than that can be built in sections and assembled afterwards. We can build multiple smaller 3d prints at once as long as they fit within the overall 20″ x 15″ x 8″ build envelope.
Will Moddler be able to accurately reproduce my digital model?
You bet! We have the ability to build even the tiniest details. Since we use a digital process, our output will essentially be an exact physical representation of your digital model at whatever size you choose. In the X and Y axes, we can print at a resolution of 600 dpi or 42 microns. In the Z axis, we can print in a mind-bogglingly small 1600 dpi or 16 microns. (A micron is 1/1000th of a millimeter.) That’s about 20% as thick as a human hair!
How long does it take Moddler to build an object?
Our process is very fast, especially when compared to traditional clay sculpting. Smaller models can be printed in a few hours. Large models can be printed in a day. Cleanup can take a few hours or a few days depending on model complexity. Most models can be turned around in 24 hours.
Can you make multiple copies easily?
Yes! Depending on the model size, we can print multiple versions at once with little effect on build time.
Can Moddler change the size of my model?
Definitely. We can even print multiple sizes at once. Maybe you want a large model for a big presentation and several smaller models to hand out as giveaways afterwards. We can do that. Or maybe you want to print several design variations at once to expedite your design process. We can do that, too.
How do I integrate Moddler’s prints into my production pipeline?
We are here to make your life easier. Simply give us your digital 3d file in any industry standard format (Zbrush, Maya, 3d Studio Max, .obj, etc.) and we will produce a dead-on physical representation of that model.
Will I need to make a 3d scan of the physical model?
Certainly not. Moddler hopes to eliminate this difficult step from your design pipeline. Our models are essentially an exact replica of your digital model. A 3d scan would simply be a less accurate version of your digital model.
How durable are the models?
They are quite durable. They are made of a resin that simulates a hard plastic.
Can you print in different colors?
We offer several choices including light blue, black, and gray. Our blue material has a wonderful subsurface scattering effect that is a good analog for skin. Our black material is great at showing off minute detail.
Can I paint a 3d print?
Certainly. All of our output can be primed and painted. Be sure to use several light coats of primer rather than one heavy one.
How do I submit a model for printing?
Just go to our quote page and follow the directions.