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 Posted: Sun Jun 5th, 2011 06:30 pm
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Well I was the one who started the discussion over on RMweb - http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/26909-can-3-d-printing-be-called-scratch-building/

But I have to say there is something deeply satisfying about getting your ideas drawn up on a computer then seeing them turn into a real live model.

So this design



Turns into this Gn15 loco



The frames of the 4-wheel cars folowing it are 3-D printed too.

Now I'm finding it quicker to draw stuff and have it printed out then it would be for me to take raw plastic sheet, cut the parts out and stick them together.

I've done several thing that have been in the planing stage for many years and turned them into reality in the 6 months I've been playing with 3-D printing.

I find it both a fascinating and heady experience. My next step is going to be to see if I can commercialize this and make a living out of it. It rather depends on how many other modelers I can interest in the somewhat eclectic range of interests I have.

Tom

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I have no problem with anyone going this route. I don't view it as scratchbuilding but more as kit building. Scratchbuilding is much more tedious though the rewards of designing, fabricating and assembling a finished model are myriad. Then again, I've never made ALL components of my builds having often to rely on existing parts from whatever source cobbled together to make something that looks like a model. :)



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This is really cool. How durable is the material? Is it a resin or actual plastic? What is the minimum thickness? The 3d printer at my college doesn't do near that good a job.



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There is multiple materials. The one with the best finish called Frosted Ultra Detail will resolve detail down to 0.1 mm and as a minimum thickness of 0.2 mm, but it is a resin and is a little brittle.

The one the Gn15 loco is made in is called White Strong and Flexible is Nylon and is incredibly strong - I've trodden on one of the HOn30 trucks I made in it and it survived undamaged. The surface finish is a little grainy however . Min detail is 0.2 mm and min thickness is 0.7 mm



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