I assume that this quote is related my earlier post about 3D printing signals:
"5. Many modellers can come to grips with the software to produce a 3D model, but fail to understand that a one-piece model is not necessarily the way to best utilise the additive printing process. Silly things like handrails in the design tell you the person hasn't got a clue."
I am perfectly aware that the handrails/ladders are many times too thick however if you had taken the time to look at my Signals Branch blog assembly instructions you would have found a statement that the handrails can be cut away and replaced with wire if the modeller so desires. Similarly the ladders can also be cut away and etched ladders used. Even etched signal arms could be used. The handrails being on the model as printed shows the modeller what the handrail shapes are and where they are attached.
The idea of supplying a signal with the thick handrails and ladders was to give the modellers a choice, they don't all aspire to high end modelling.
The White Strong and Flexible Shapeways material, a sintered nylon, was chosen as it allows the signal to take a knock or push and survive. Being a slightly 'sandy' surface at gives an amazing key for glue and paint. I do advise that the surface is primed to at least partially fill the surface and to stop paint bleed when painting the smaller black parts.
The reason for the all in one piece design was to allow the mechanism to be firmly held in the baseboard which then stops the post from breaking off when knocked.
To print the posts in the higher resolution Fine Ultra Detail Shapeways material as the signal detail parts are would also mean that a knock could break the post.
The Fine Ultra Detail material has allowed some parts to be produced that are a lot better than the etchings previously used. I refer to parts that have some thickness and detail such as the cast iron support casting on a bracket signal.
While higher detail parts could be used to produce say white metal castings and etched ladders and wires could be included in a kit that would then involve a lot more work in making up the kits, packaging and posting. This method of using the Shapeways shop means that I am not involved in that process, it also means that as their is no labour of mine the result can be cheaper.
These signals started as an exercise in seeing what the process could produce and then I thought that others might like to try them hence the shop. The handrails, etc. are little different from those on Ratio signals.
As an illustration of the level of interest, I showed several signals and detail parts at the Armidale NSW New England Modelling Convention in November and there was a lot of positive comments including from a couple of well known P87 modellers who liked the idea of cutting the handrails and ladders away and replacing them with wire/etches.
You probably don't know my modelling history but I have been in the hobby since 1966.
I have scratchbuilt 10 or 11 HO steam locomotives for Neil Cram. You might have to be a New South Welshman to know of Neil and his huge collection of NSW locomotives the bulk of which are now in the collection of the Powerhouse Museum I understand.
I produced and sold the first HO polyester wagon kit a NSWGR LLV/GLV through George Bergs shop in about 1968-69.
From the mid 1970s I owned Craftsman Models and under that label I produced an etched HO LLV/GLV, an etched body for a NSWGR Z26, an etched kit for a NSWGR Z13 (all but motor, wheels and gears), sundry detail etches and a line of NSWGR paints matched to actual pieces of locomotives (that 40 class brakewheel was very heavy). The company was later sold to Terry Flynn.
All through my hobby I have broken new ground, this is just one more new technique/process.
The attempt here was to push the boundaries of the hobby, to try a new process and see what could be done.
I obviously found the above comment offensive.
If however the comment wasn't aimed at me then I profoundly apologise.