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Plastic in Hobbies

Plastic is an amazing thing. You can accomplish so much now because it is commonly available and easy to use. The advent of three dimensional printing has even made it so much more desirable now days. It is simply amazing what you can accomplish with a small spool of plastic cord and a three dimensional printer. In today’s world it is used in so many applications including one of coolest hobbies: Miniature War Gaming. So, we are going to discuss some of the benefits that it has brought to this hobby and how it makes it much more affordable to the everyday gamer.

What Is War Gaming?

War Gaming is a hobby that has been around for over 30 years and it involves using small miniature men and vehicles to play out battles on made up playing surfaces that look like actual battlefields. The little figures originally were cast out of a pewter metal but eventually over time a lot of these minis would come to be made out of PVC both soft and hard. This made the vastly lighter, easier to transport around and more importantly a good amount cheaper. The costs changed on both ends of the hobby. The manufacturers had cheaper overheads because the materials had come down in costs and in turn the gamers themselves got to reap the benefits of the savings on the models they loved so much. Now with three dimension printing the hobby is starting to evolve again but while mass production units for three dimensional printers is a ways off its easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Production times will probably end up decreasing meaning that products that used to be rare will start to become vastly more available and costs will probably end up coming down again. An increase in computer generated figures will call more designers into an industry that typically uses sculptors to make original cast models; a process that can take days or weeks at a time and carries with it a more hand-made feel.

PVC Is Amazing

Fact is that new products like this can change an entire industry almost overnight. This material is and will continue to be one of those types of materials. Its diversity and mainstream use make it one of the go to items that any manufacturer needs in his arsenal when creating products for the open market. Just imagine how much we have accomplished with it.