Last year I designed and built a wooden table for our entryway. I modeled the design using Sketchup in order to visualize the design prior to cutting any wood. Now that I have my Snapmaker 2 I thought I’d try 3D printing the model to test how well it reproduced the mortise and tenon joinery.
All of the mortise and tenon and dovetail joinery is accurate with the full size table. And it worked pretty well, although I should have put a bit more effort into providing supporting structures for the overhanging bits - some sanding and filing was required in order to make the parts fit.
I initially tried laser engraving a photo of the real table top onto the 3D printed 1/4 scale table top, but I couldn’t get a dark enough finish without melting the PLA. So for my second take I laser engrave a piece of cherry veneer and inlayed that into the 3D printed table top.