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An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:33 pm
by rue_d_etropal
There has been on and off some discussion about brickwork and walls here over the years.
I have been thinking about designing some non track panels to match my various inset track panels. The ones I have done already are perfectly OK, but I feel doing them on Shapeways is a bit expensive as the design is a lot simpler and could be produced on a home printer(hint Tom). I can redesign the panels so they are flat bottomed, and they could be thinned down from the 4mm they currently are, but would they match the ones produced by Shapeways. If the cost was much reduced I might be tempted.
I am also thinking about brickwork done the same way. I have investigated lazer cutting but commercial cost is based on number of cuts and this would be expensive to use a company similar to Shapeways. I am looking at bonds not done in plastic(I don't want printed paper), in particular garden wall bond( I have also heard it called French bond) which is used in NORI brick built mill buildings up here. I want it for a OO scale mini layout I am planning, but it would be simple to change scale. Easy to design, but wondering if it could easily be produced on a home printer at a reasonable price. Otherwise I am looking at modifying some of the LCUT lazer cut brickwork, which is cheap enough to mess around with.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:43 pm
by docnjoj
Hey Simon.
While you are exploring lasers why not consider using plywood or MDF and produce some kits. It probably wont be much good for the bricks, but you can make wonderful engine and car models like HLGW does, only for GN15 and smaller scales. Both BVM in the US and Backwoods Miniatures in Britland do this work really well, but don't make GN15 stuff.
David (Doc)

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:07 pm
by rue_d_etropal
From my initial experiments designing some brickwork for lazer cutting, to see how much it would cost, I am tempted, but I still have a lifetime of designs for 3D printing. I downbloaded a free piece of software, and spent a few days playing with it.
I am considering a 3rd option and that is to produce a mould plate to produce the brickwork in plaster. I got one printed for stone insert sheet, in FUD(waterproof) but have still not tried it out, partly because I keeping putting it away in a secure(?) location. I really need to test this out before I do any more though, as not sure if detail is deep enough.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:18 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Suggest you look at this website Simon:
http://kslaserdesigns.com
Any brickwork bond can be supplied.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:12 pm
by rue_d_etropal
Thanks Gerry, I have sent them a message. Pity I am not down south as I would have liked to talk to them at one of the exhibitions they are at.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:39 pm
by docnjoj
That is pretty neat stuff, but O scale, I believe. Laser plywood is great for buildings, but it seems to work well for HGRW diesels too. I wish..............GN15.
David (Doc)

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:49 am
by rue_d_etropal
they do 4mm scale brickwork, which is what i initially am interested in, but maybe they can do it in other scales. The stone setts to match my 3d printed track would be suitable fo Gn15.
There was someone dong a Gnice range of Gn15 stuff in lazer cut wood, but there was a problem with manufacture. Thought they were trying to find another manufacturer but nothing heard recently. It only needs someone to design the stuff and then manufacture can be as required so no large investment up front. Not for me as I have too many other projects using 3d printing, and I would rather pull in other people who specialise in other technologies to do associated items.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:37 am
by KEG
There was someone dong a Gnice range of Gn15 stuff in lazer cut wood, but there was a problem with manufacture.


This information absolutely doe not make any sense. You probably are referring to David Casio and friends, which offered
a few laser cut kits in various scales some years ago. But there MDF products were cut in Argentinia, which meant high postage and Import Taxes for European customers.

There are quite many professional firms on the market, which offer lasercutting in a variety of materials. They only need suitable files and off they go.

We had this excursion car, developed by JL Toeffelholm, lasered by Harad Brosch last year

http://www.kreativmeile.homepage.t-online.de/Bilder/Gn15/Sommerwagen/Sommerwagen2.jpg


Of course, we have Gn15 trackbed or modul baseboards lasered as well. I mentioned it in this forum a few times, but nobody showed any interest.

Have Fun

Juergen

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:44 pm
by rue_d_etropal
it was those ones produced in Argentina that I was thinking off. If the designs are still out there would there not be an opportunity to have them produced now.

Re: An idea for 3D printing

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:06 am
by KEG
The company around Daniel Oswaldo Caso was called F.C.A.L.V Models. They offered two Gn15 wagon kits in 2010, if I remember right.http://fcalv.laurell.nu/

I built and introduced them in a German Modell Railroad magazine, but customers showed no interest. They were ignored more or less in this forum as well. I doubt, that i would make sense, to re-issue them.

For further research you can contact Daniel at http://ngrm-online.com/forums/. He is very active there.


Have Fun

Juergen