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jdcolombo

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Grateful for Shapeways
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:16:39 PM »
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Even with the issues involved, this photo shows something I could not have but for Matthew Myers and Shapeways: my current stable of 1000-series NKP Cabooses, sitting in front of the engine terminal on my NKP layout.

John C.


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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2012, 10:18:38 PM »
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John,

That is a beautiful sight!
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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2012, 11:23:40 PM »
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well done John!
"I have a train full of basements"

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 11:29:37 PM »
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I was gonna bring it up during the FUD debate, but have you seen American Model Builders home page?

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2012, 11:47:27 PM »
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I was gonna bring it up during the FUD debate, but have you seen American Model Builders home page?

Yes.  Not available yet.

John C.

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2012, 12:31:56 AM »
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At any rate, your cabeese are some of the nicest completed models I've seen from Shapeways.

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2012, 12:34:25 AM »
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Yes John, a beautiful sight!
Nothing like an appropriate caboose (way car, crummy, etc.) to put a bookend on the tail end of the train, one preferably pulled by a steam engine.  ;)
Way to go!
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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2012, 09:37:34 AM »
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Wow!!

Simply awesome!!

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2012, 10:36:10 AM »
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Great modeling of a unique caboose model!

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2012, 01:57:09 PM »
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You need one without the high speed service logo just to chang things up a bit.

Brandon
Your layouts nice, but it needs more Conrail !

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2012, 05:16:50 PM »
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Can you post a close up shot of one or two of these cabooses so we can see what can be truly accomplished with Shapeways materials?

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2012, 05:38:20 PM »
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Can you post a close up shot of one or two of these cabooses so we can see what can be truly accomplished with Shapeways materials?

Joe

Here's a side shot of 1085:



And here's a side shot of 1066, which I've weathered some with chalk.  The steps look crooked in this photo, but that is an artifact of the photo (they are straight - must have been from shooting at a slight angle at F/2.8).



You can definitely see a bit of the "texturing" resulting from the printing process when you're this close; but from any "normal" viewing distance on my layout (e.g., something like my first photo), they look great.

John C.
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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2012, 06:27:37 PM »
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for my $$$... they are more than acceptable...
thanks again for doing the project.
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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2012, 08:28:08 PM »
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Thank you for the close up photos, much appreciated.  I agree with your statemetn that they look good when viewed under layout conditions, and they do.  I was curious on the large sides of the car what the printing would look like.
Certainly a good model of a unique car.

Joe

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Re: Grateful for Shapeways
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2012, 09:22:07 PM »
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You're welcome, Joe.  Hope it helps.

The Shapeways process certainly has its foibles, and I wouldn't use it for something that I was going to super-detail and enter in a model or photo contest.  But when your options are (1) not having the model at all; (2) scratchbuilding in styrene (and probably trying to fabricate the end ladder detail in brass, or perhaps doing brass etching for that);  or (3) Shapeways FUD, Shapeways seemed best to me.  I will say that the quality of the prints varies from "OK" to really good and the end ladder detail is VERY fragile; I've used up about half a bottle of thin CA on those end ladders.  But the process of cleaning, finishing and assembling one of these is pretty simple - I do it all in a single 24-hour period, starting with an overnight soak in Bestine; painting the next morning (using PollyScale acrylics); decals and final assembly in the evening.

Also no question that some other 3D printing processes would produce smoother sides, but they are not cost-effective at this time, unless you want to do one as a master for casting, but that's also a road I didn't want to go down.  For my purposes (seeing a 1000-series at the end of a 25-car train rolling along with a Berk on the front end, or maybe a 3-unit lashup of GP9's or RS11's), the Shapeways option turned out dandy.   I'll almost certainly buy an AMB laser-cut wood kit when those become available just to compare (their GN prototype looks fabulous), but I'm aiming for an even dozen of these before I finish, and the bulk will be Shapeways models.

John C.