Scuba Steve wrote: ↑July 29th, 2021, 5:19 pm I built a 3D printed pack as part of my 'Stay sane from working at home' COVID boredom... and, all told, it was probably $700? It depends on how clean you want the final 3D printed pack to look. Filament to print the entire pack/wand was about $100. .. but then you start adding all the things you can't print such as the ALICE frame, motherboard, lenses, ribbon cable, hoses, labels, screws... it starts adding up fast. I did a lot of research on different paints and materials to make the printed plastic look as close to real metal as possible. It paid off... it was far cheaper than buying all the real parts... but I could have just printed the pack in Black PLA, printed the greebleys and spraypainted them quickly and assembled everything into a reasonable facsimile and I probably could have built a pack for $400.Yeah, I have quite a bit of money in all my small parts. The ironic thing is, printing the whole, giant pack shell, you can get away with a lot and hide a bunch with the paint and texturing. And what really sells the look are all the smaller details. So I've sunk money in there that I could have gotten away with cheaper, printed parts. But the better greeblies draw the eye away from the bigger defects you might otherwise see.
Also, I've noticed that I had some stuff in my accounting that went towards my larger costume, not just the pack. I've adjusted and am closer to 1300 instead. For the sake of argument, here's my break down:
One number that might stand out there is $65 for "bolt kit." I definitely didn't spend $65 on bolts for JUST the pack. But I did buy a couple of the boxes that come with a big assortment of M# screws so I'd have them for other things. In this case, I attached the cost to the pack though. I also had to rebuy a couple things (like my lens plexi that I got wrong the first time). If we round down on some of the stuff like that and estimate what the pack cost accounting purely for the share of things it consumed, I think you could get to $1200 on this build.