Could we possibly get a shot of some of the stuff sticky-tacked/next to/etc some 40k models, for those of us who aren't familiar with the battletech tabletop minis (assuming such a thing is permitted)? I'm especially interested in the various railguns/autocannons/missile launchers in relation to larger 40k models like battlesuits/dreads/smallish vehicles. Also, in regards to the shots of the various infantry weapons being held by a generic model on the first page of this thread, what exactly is meant by '32mm scaled mini' - do you mean 32mm bases? In that case, are standard 40k infantry (on 25mm bases) smaller than the cutout in the picture? Or, if it refers to model height, does that mean that 40k models are bigger than the cutout? (Can you tell that I don't do any model work outside 40k?)
I am not willing to use any of their models in pictures, I do not care for their company nor do I support their games. (I continue to post here because ATT has a great modelling forum)
In regard to the scale, I measure minis by height, unless otherwise stated. So if I cite for use with a 28mm model then it will best fit any model that's aproximately 28mm from bottom of the foot to top of the head. Some companies have a slightly floating scale, these companies measure from bottom of foot to the eyes which is called 28mm "heroic". Those minis tend to be a bunch of armored dudes in space and are usually 30-32mm tall when measured properly.
A few pieces I state as being best used for 40mm based troops, these are typically larger infantry models that vary in actual height. Privateer press has a bunch of 40mm scaled models which represent guys in extra heavy armor, trollkin, orcs, bugbears, lizardmen and all sorts of creatures that are slightly larger than normal humans tend to get 40mm bases. I hear there's a bunch of extra armored galactic space knights or some silliness in that scale, but I don't do 40k.
The auto-cannons will fit on most any mech or mecha item that's 54mm or taller. Measure the model you think it might work on, if it's 54mm then it more than likely fits.
I try and include measurements of the actual parts in the descriptions on my site, shapeways posts the model size automatically. (for example the long railgun is 71mm long)
I'm sure somebody will end up posting pics of the pieces alongside their favorite mechs. Try the ATT search function for the railguns
Regarding buying the stuff direct from the 3d printers - it doesn't actually look cheaper unless they have really cheap shipping relative to your stuff, at least for the only overlapping items (railguns). I'm sure you don't set the prices there, but do you know if this is as intended?
Most of the parts are actually a bit cheaper by $1-2 particuarly the small stuff like the rifles. The cost goes up dramatically as the objects volume increases. I hollowed out the missle launchers to help with tha but it looks like I may need to try and make the rail gun hollow as well. the two smaller ones are about the same price as resin but the long one is more expensive due to the volume calulation.
Additionally they include free shipping ($25 min order) which is very helpful for keeping costs down particualry outside the US.http://www.shapeways.com/shops/paulsongames
Here's a pair of guns that I had printed by shapeways.
I haven't gotten any of their frosted detail material yet which is supposed to be much better resolution that the white and black material these were printed in.
These haven't had any clean up other than a quick go over with a wet toothbrush.