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    I am talking to a designer at the moment via Shapeways. I am told that with the correct materials, finished products can be of a very high quality though I imagine this puts the price up. I know little about Shapeways but a 3d engineering designer is modelling a wagon for me, as we speak, with a view to production. He is coming back to me with a price over the next few days.

  2. #12
    Yes, it's all dependent on the effort the designer puts in, and the materials used. The most common material, white strong and flexible, is also the one most criticised. However, it's the most "affordable". A 4mm scale 6 wheel van, modelled as a flat kit, still comes out at around 65-70 when vat and postage are added... and that's without the designers time added in... so at present, it's a labour of love, for sure!

    Cheers for now.

    Richard.

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    Richard, at the moment I'm awaiting price, theres no commitment!

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    Thanks for the info Richard. Personally so far I have only tried beat wagons and a 121 body, but keen to hear how others found 3D especially for 00. I wondered why some model bodies are not printed in multiple pieces instead of one, as it may use less material and reduce surface 'stepping' on curved areas of some models. 3D still seems a long way behind injection moulding for quality, but offers reasonable enough quality depending on the design for some models not available as RTR.

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    I am awaiting feedback from a designer on the feasibility of an 00 gauge 'A class' body in 3D. Not convinced 3D stepping can be minimised on the compound curves of the A class cab roof, nor the cost of using materials suitable for higher resolution prints.

    Some interesting 3D prints of Irish Locos
    https://www.shapeways.com/product/ED...ionId=40683661
    https://www.shapeways.com/product/TU...ionId=42307672
    https://www.shapeways.com/product/PZ...ionId=42321334
    https://www.shapeways.com/product/S3...ionId=57420082

    E 421 class


    E 401 class


    Sulzer B113 - Looks like curves would need a lot of filing and rubbing down!


    121 class


    Beet wagon


    Double beet wagon


    N gauge C class
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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    I am awaiting feedback from a designer on the feasibility of an 00 gauge 'A class' body in 3D. Not convinced 3D stepping can be minimised on the compound curves of the A class cab roof, nor the cost of using materials suitable for higher resolution prints.
    Great news Noel! One less project IRM would have to fund with a view to doing a high quality, RTR bells and whistles model from China!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbonnet View Post
    Great news Noel! One less project IRM would have to fund with a view to doing a high quality, RTR bells and whistles model from China!
    Hi Fran. For now I would view 3D merely as a 'holding exercise'. It would never compare with the quality of what you guys or MM could produce. Noel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Personally so far I have only tried beat wagons and a 121 body
    You'll need to do the wagon in this original livery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Hi Fran. For now I would view 3D merely as a 'holding exercise'. It would never compare with the quality of what you guys or MM could produce. Noel
    Interesting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenderg View Post
    You'll need to do the wagon in this original livery.

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    Very funny! Seplling is not my storng piont. Combine with Lexdysia and its a precipice for verbal unreasoning.

    Below is the closest they have to Black'n'Tan livery headfones

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