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TMATK
20-07-2010, 15:16
The pictures from warhammer world showed some screens of digital sculpting software.

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/blogPost.jsp?aId=11500036a

Do they actually use 3D printers to generate models, or is it just used as part of the design process; ie do they still have to sculpt them by hand?

ulruk headsplitter
20-07-2010, 15:48
there's alot of topics on this, sofar i know they design the molds with 3d software, but sculpt the 3-ups (perhaps they scan the 3-ups, make em smaller and make molds)

Chaos and Evil
20-07-2010, 16:21
Sometimes they use 3d printers to make metal models too, like with the Thunderfire Cannon.

defunct
20-07-2010, 18:28
There's an article in White Dwarf 337 (UK) about the design team, with a picture of Colin Grayson using some computer software designing the Corpse Cart.
Also a picture of Mark Harrison sculpting a miniature "using the more traditional method"
:)

blongbling
21-07-2010, 11:44
They do have a machine for producing a resin model in the CAD room but it is very slow. They also have a machine that they use to destory models slice by slice to scan them into the computers too.

Konrad2709
22-07-2010, 09:34
This is from 2005, but gives a brief account of 'How we do it'

Edit: Pages 20-21 of the file, pages 18-19 of the brochure

http://investor.games-workshop.com/downloads/gwbrochure2005.pdf

It does mention a few of the methods / tools used.

Edit 2, off topic: Also, brochure page 15... bad, bad, bad photo.

Erwos
22-07-2010, 17:00
Interesting article about how WGF does it:
http://www.cadalyst.com/cad/david-tackles-goliath-wargames-factory-11251

selfconstrukt
22-07-2010, 18:07
I posted this info a while back in another thread, but here it is again:

GW uses Freeform by Sensible, with the Phantom Desktop haptic device.

http://www.sensable.com/haptic-phantom-desktop.htm

I don't think they used Claytools, since Freeform can do pretty much everything Claytools can but I do remember one of the sculptors using Rhino for "mechanical" or straight-line" work. He said mesh sculpting is more suited to that type of work and Rhino is compatible and can be used with the Phantom Desktop haptic tool.

warhammergrimace
26-07-2010, 09:03
there are a number of smaller miniature companies that are using 3D software for sculpting, companies like Kingdom of Death, http://www.kingdom-death.com/