Those 3D printing options are going to be huge. Almost nothing that can not be done.
Those hoppers looks fantastic!!
These WAGR CXB class sheep wagons have.... [snip]
They are 3D printed models by Marbelup Models,printed by i-Materialise using their Prime Grey material. The wagon is printed in 2 uneven vertical halves which join together to allow for fitting of the 3D printed sheep load after painting. After removal of the support structure, fitting of "W" irons and brass rodding is all that is required before painting. The attention to detail by the creator is as good (or better) as any RTR model with all fittings - brake shoes, pipes, drains, handbrake levers etc on the wagon being represented in the printing.
WoW, these livestock wagons look fantastic.
I have not seen much of 3D printed material, but have seen plenty of quite critical comment on this forum, particularly of shapeways. So... I'd like to understand more about your experience. For example, do you have to prepare the surface much? Or is the detail that we see above, straight from the printer (except painted! ) What is it like to drill for attachment of handrails, couplers etc? Basically, how would this compare to a polyurethane kit? What is an approximate unit cost?
From the photo above, that is a very impressive model! Well done!
And the latest 3D-printed WAGR model: A VD Louvre Van - not fully painted yet. The body is 1-piece, with added handrails and brake rodding. Bogies are American Models Betterndorf, regauged from S scale standard gauge to Sn3½.
The vehicle to the left is another one which arrived today, as yet unpainted (as my compressor died ).
Hi all, I've finally settled on a mech for my MIC. This inspection car from Broadway has been a good fit as far as the motor goes but the chassis was a bit short.
To overcome this I have stretched the chassis a bit but still need to deal with the new pickups off the front wheels.
I now have another project on the go. I am currently kitbashing a couple of Walthers amfleet coaches into a 2000 class Jumbo trailer car.
Its early days at this stage but looks promising.
Thanks for your comments - they are quite impressive but I can only lay claim to assembly and painting.
Essentially the product is only as good as the person designing & drawing it on the PC and the quality of the machine it is printed on. In this case Richard of Marbelup Models is very good at it and i-Materialise of Belgium seem to have the equipment.
Two projects im working on are 3D printed cfcla Chey wagon and a RKYY slab wagon
Not the correct bogies on just put on for testing
Wow, never would have thought of an AMTRAK coach as a potential donor mechanism for a Jumbo! is it "short" enough? Most US stuff is heaps longer than Aussie stuff.