IntroductionI've watched the development of 3d printing techniques with considerable interest over the past few years. This is the technology where a 3d software design is downloaded from a computer into a machine which then carves or fuses those instructions into a real, solid item.
At the moment the equipment to accomplish this is beyond all bar the most serious private individual, but there are companies who will take your design and print it on their machines. The best known of these is Shapeways. Many people upload model starship designs to the Shapeways web site; most of these can then be bought by a 3rd party (such as me). Recently I ordered a few such models...
For these Tiberian Pugius destroyers, I chose the "White Detail" material; this is a compromise between definition and price (mind you, they still cost quite a bit!) I'll use them as smaller, old-style Romulan ships for Full Thrust. It's hard to see in these pictures, but the smooth surfaces really are quite smooth, though there's some roughness around the edges.