3D CAD is something taught in high school drafting class these days. Sure, for some old farts like us it may take some time to learn but for the younger, not so much. But then how many of the younger generation build models anything these days?
Last edited on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 08:37 pm by mwiz64
The printer looks nice but most of my N scale chassis are less than $15 at Shapeways and their nylon material is probably better suited for that purpose than the plastic used in the Dremel (and others of that type). I really want a 3D printer but it would take a *lot* of chassis to break even.
I use ProEngineer (now Creo) to design my parts, mostly because that is what I learned on at my job. One reason I have the chassis 3D printed is because they can print things that can't be reasonably machined.
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It would seem that 3D could take a lot of fun out of scratchbuilding but there is a place for everything and may actually help in some cases. I seem to recall much the same argument about laser kits. Some will like t some won't. Kind of like politics.
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I would have to agree with Clif K about losing the enjoyment of scratch building. But, and there is always a but, it will help in making complex parts easier for a mold to cast many in a short period of time.
Bowser had a page up showing that they are going to use 3D printing to manufacture parts, but the page is no longer there. Wonder if it didn't work out for them.
This is the system that Bowser has to create parts. Check out the videos. Some very interesting stuff here. The price seems high for a home unit. They are coming down in price.