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  • Well, I didn't recycle the plastic....

    I hope I'm putting this one in the right forum.

    Here's a little project that got out of hand....

    I've been intrigued with 3D printing since I saw it about 4 years ago. At the time the price was beyond anything that I wanted to put into it, but it looked slick. Development by the nerd community has really taken off in this area of technology. Two weeks ago, I bit the bullet and bought a 3D printer 'kit' from SeeMeCNC.com located in Goshen, Indiana. Yep, an actual US based company about 50 miles away, that manufactures complete units and a kit version of one of their 3D printers. All the software is 'open source' (FREE) to run one.

    Now, in all fairness, I spent quite a bit of time in the books understanding the concepts and process of making this thing work. I was hoping to see somebody put on a clinic at the NMRA National Convention but there was none.

    It took about 12 hours of build time to assemble the hardware printer, and this is the first project.

    A 3D drawing of the mining cart done with Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for hobbyists).





    The display of the wheel sets on MatterControl CAM program (also free).





    Some printed carts roughed up with course sandpaper to give them a tired look.





    The assembled (these are really tiny [:-propeller]) parts.





    And the weather beaten. abused mining carts ready for the non-existent mine on the layout. :erm:




    I've had some fun (and some learning) with this so far.

    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    Wow! Those wheels are small! Looks like you've found a new toy, Jim. How long did it take to "print" one car?

    Keep us posted on your projects.

    George
    Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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    • #3
      Yep, the wheels are 4mm in diameter, the axles are 1.0 X 1.5mm X 3mm long. The cart is 60"L x 30"D X 36"W scaled to HO. The cart takes about 3 minutes because I printed then separately, and 12 wheel/axle combos take about 1 minute 25 seconds. The bed takes a while to get to 60C so multiple printing is the way to set it up.

      Jim
      Take the red pill

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      • #4
        Neat, Jim!

        quote:


        I've had some fun (and some learning) with this so far.


        Both of those are great outcomes, Jim.
        Bruce

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        • #5
          This might interest you Jim.

          http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...72&whichpage=4
          Jerry



          "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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          • #6
            This is seriously cool, Jim!

            Pete

            in Michigan

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            • #7
              Jim, completely cool. I'm sure it beats the prices of Shapeways in the long run'..You sure are a busy guy'... ..Hows the new teeth doing?


              Ted

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              • #8
                My jaw looks like Jay Leno's. Yikes! But I'm keeping my mind off of it by drawing parts.
                Take the red pill

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                • #9
                  That looks really good, especially for a first try :up: . That said I go into my railroad room to see the 1960's and to leave the technology of today 50 plus years behind me!

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Tyson Rayles


                    That said I go into my railroad room to see the 1960's and to leave the technology of today 50 plus years behind me!


                    So where do you get your Ambroid cement, Floquil paint, incandescent bulbs, Model Rectifier pulse power supplies (no DCC yet), sound, (haven't even got to the PFM sound system yet),LED's, etc., etc. We're not running live steam in those locomotives either, but we can't limit the hobby to technology from the past. Well we actually could, but it would be a little boring.



                    Jim
                    Take the red pill

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                    • #11
                      How correct you are Jim. I think what Tyson, meant and perhaps a better way to express such sentiments, I share as well'. Is with all the new technology available today we can build a 1960 layout with features that definitely enhance the appearance and operation of it.

                      The sound features on locomotives alone add so much more excitement and bring realism to today's layouts. However, it is still a step back in time and to days that hold fine memories for us. So we all go back, and the new features enhance our trip getting there. And once we get there, it is, AH, once again', 1960'...


                      Ted

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                      • #12
                        Since we're talking about technology, This say's it all'...[:-alien]



                        Rumor has it' self driving cars will be on the roads in 2020'...-crazy]


                        Ted

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                        • #13
                          "So where do you get your Ambroid cement, Floquil paint, incandescent bulbs, Model Rectifier pulse power supplies (no DCC yet), sound, (haven't even got to the PFM sound system yet),LED's, etc., etc. "

                          Actually of everything mentioned there the only thing I have is some MRC power packs. That said I was refering to electrical techno stuff, not glues and paints. As far as sound goes I hate it but if I didn't have to listen to it for 15 hours a week at work maybe I could be more tolerant of it. BTW while I don't use them I'm pretty sure incandescent bulbs existed in the 60's.

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                          • #14
                            Well Burley Jim,' there you have it. Incandescents were around in the 60s....LOL[:-dopey]

                            [:-bulb]


                            Ted

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                            • #15
                              Right! Try and find them now, you'll have some enviromaniac tracking you down.

                              I too enjoy running equipment pre-1970. No Intermodels, etc., but I enjoy the sound systems, if they're quieter than my grandsons.

                              Jim
                              Take the red pill

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