What is Digital Taxidermy?
What is Digital Taxidermy?
Digital Taxidermy is a new design studio. We design and produce premium models for the 3D printing hobbyist and tabletop gamer.
How did the journey begin?
We started producing gaming tokens for games like blood bowl and other items on commission such as the bunkers and artillery. This led us to dealing with model railway enthusiasts, tabletop gamers, war gamers and cosplayers. One of the first items we made as a team was the snake toy, this was a great success and pushed us on to experiment with our own style. A few smaller vehicles like the hover cab and the pimp-mobile were the next things to fly off the line, we then started to go out and find an audience for our designs. Around this time Judge Dredd from warlords was released and the Big Meg is definitely the kind of place you would see a corpse grinder and toxic vats.
Then came our first major milestone. Theo had an idea for ‘Cash 4 Organs’ while in the shower (we don’t ask) and set to task creating it. During this time Neil had been playing with print in place moving parts and mechanisms, the two ideas got connected, tested and we released the first major 3D printable playset ‘Cash 4 Organs’ in January to a wave of acceptance. We were overwhelmed with the response. Overnight we sold many copies of our catalogue and a resounding demand for more. So we decided to go for it, we pooled some ideas and set about creating our first Kickstarter ‘our dystopian future’ with an aim to produce an STL package for an entire 6’x4’ gaming table’s worth of terrain for people to 3D print at home.
Taking on themes
We began creating the major themed playsets ‘limbs n things’ and the pleasure pods as well as all the other vehicles and scatter that was required. During this time we also began work on the website which was a hell of a mountain to climb. Who knew setting up a full E-commerce enterprise for the global distribution of STL files and 3D printed items would be such a lot of work?!?!?
The kickstarter was a resounding success in our books especially given the situation the world has found itself in during the same time. It really helped to drive the dystopian future into the cold light of day. During this time we have started to find other homes for our designs in games like Konflikt ’47, Fallout wasteland warfare, Strontium Dog, Epic 40k, Necromunda, Kill Team and infinity. There are also a variety of sci-fi RPG’s out there too such as SLA Industries and Paranoia!
After completion and distribution of the kickstarter we began to experiment with other types of model possibilities. The Ferris wheel construction set came from an experiment into 3D printed framework and printable jointing systems. The epic scale radar bunker, radar stations and fences came from experiments into the printer’s very kinematics.
Where to now?
That brings us almost up to the present day with the release of our Consumer research drones. We still have products to bring online and to full release. Eevery day we are having more ideas and inspiration for where this crazy train could lead.
For now though we will keep experimenting with the limits of 3D printing technology and condensing out findings and warped imagination into even more STL models for you to download and print, or for those without a 3D printer we will be offering a printing service for our models in both resin and FDM.
We are always looking for what cool new things to make, if you are looking for something and can’t find it then making it real starts by talking to us.
Q: How do I get my STL files?
A: When you purchase the STL terrain you'll receive a download link via email, and you will always be able to access the most up to date version of that file via your profile on our website.
Q: I have found an error in a file and I am not happy!
A: While all models have been tested printed and verified the design and implementation process is a long and arduous one. We have done all we can to ensure the quality of the products we are selling. Should you find an error in the file or an issue that you think we have missed then please get in touch with us and we will be able to fix this for you in short order. Once we have fixed the file and it is updated on the server you will just have to redownload from your existing purchase link and you will have the most up to date version of the file.
Q: What settings should I use when printing my terrain?
A: Our items have been designed mostly to adhere to FDM printers with a 0.4mm nozzle and 0.2mm layer height, some items can easily be printed with a 0.6mm or above but this will sometimes come at the cost of resolution. Where possible we try to design out the need for supports however sometimes it is unavoidable, if you are unsure then check in your slicer and add supports. A few models are listed for resin printers only, these contain details too small to adequately reproduce to a good standard in FDM.
Q: Can I rescale the designs?
A: Yes and no, most of our designs can easily be rescaled to suit your needs however scaling can have adverse effects on small details and models with print in place moving parts. For more information please see our blog post on scales.
Q: Can I re-sell/share STL files and/or prints?
A: This is a definitive NO; these files are for personal use only and not for resale in any format. To make this clear it is not a commercial licence you are buying with each purchase.
Q: How long will my printed order take?
A: Depending on the size of the order will depend on the print time, we do not have a full print farm and so are running on limited capacity, we will allow a lead time of 14 days for manufacture however be assured all orders will be processed as soon as physically possible. If you have any worries about an order, please get in touch with us and we can discuss your concerns.
Q: I love your models, but how much is shipping?
A: Shipping is a difficult one but I have created rate tables to cover most of the globe, we have tried to make the cost as reasonable as possible but for protection all items will be sent tracked and insured to ensure that all outcomes are covered. We are searching for satellite printers in other countries which when they come online will allow local postage costs to be applied to those countries. The basic charge for shipping is £4.50 and we will fit as many items into one package as we can, International shipping starts at £12.
Q: I don't see a printed version of a model on the site. How can I get one?
A: We are very new on the scene and we are working to make everything available to everyone, if there is something you want that is not listed please get in touch with us as it is either an oversight or we have not yet got to adding it to the item lists.
Q: What type of printer are the models designed for?
A: Most of our models have been designed for mid format FDM printers with build plates of approx. 220mmx220mm (ender 3 and the like). This means that our items will be happily printed by most hobbyists.
Q: Do you offer print licenses to sell printed models?
A: We sometimes offer print licences when we kickstart a new model range, please see those kickstarters for details. Alternatively, please contact us at email@example.com
Q: I am a designer; would you like to host my models?
A: We are interested in hosting works from other designers, we offer hosting and management of the listings for a small commission charge. What you will get, full support on checking and prepping your model for delivery, advertising and exposure in a global market, full attribution to you as the creator and ability to link to your patreon or other sources, a monthly payment for the sales your items have made. If you are interested, please enquire and we will discuss what we can do for you.
Q: I made a sweet model of a tyranid. Can I host it here?
A: Due to the problems with international copyright we are only accepting models and items that are free of other corporate IP. All models will be checked by us to make sure they conform to this and also the STL will be verified for correctness and quality prior to hosting
Q: I had to sign up and give you my information, what will you do with this?
A: Data used for purchases will not be used for any other purposes. We will only contact you about your purchases. The information we retain will be used to process your orders and ship your products. We will not sell your data, nor will it be disclosed to any third parties, without your express consent.
DIGITAL TAXIDERMY LTD
Company number: 12482648
Registered office address: 5 Thetford Road, Coney Weston, Bury St. Edmunds, England, IP31 1DP