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monkey95Tue Dec-11-12 04:34 PM
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#48274, "3D Printing"


  

          

Prompted by recent discussions about 3rd-party parts - eg photoetch conversions for Olympic/Brittanic, brass replacement propellers, requests for resin lifeboats - this has me wondering when 3D Printing will become commonplace for modelling.

3D Printing would open up so many options: making corrected or conversion parts for example. At 1/350 or smaller resin parts may be a thing of the past, and several of the parts currently made with PE Brass - eg the replacement A Deck Promenade outer bulkheads for Oly/Brit conversions - could be done with 3D Printing. A tiny piece flicks off the table and is lost forever in the carpet - nevermind print another one. Inevitably whole models could be printed (eg Nomadic).

Of course technologies like these start expensive, but will get cheap one day. At the moment a 3D Printer costs (UK)1600, but this will drop. But even in these early days of the technology, we may already be at the point where it's economically viable to print off short production runs of pieces (though it's evidently still quite expensive for individuals to have one-off parts printed). Later, when the printers are cheap and many people have them, it may take the form of buying CAD-style files online to print parts, or these designs may appear in the public domain.

For those highly skilled in hand-making parts, they may resist this, and that's understandable (though the printed parts might still have sprue structures which need filing off, and then painting as usual). But by the time my son is old enough to do model-making, if he does, he may find that CAD plans play a significant (and fun) part in the process. This may be part of the way new generations get involved.

I am certainly not trying to sell anything here, I'm just wondering if people in the TRMA community are anticipating this? I imagine the first stage is 3D computer modellers combining with experts and historians to create accurate CAD files (which is no doubt already happening), and then it's up to production people and model companies to look into making it viable (though at some point in the near future things will change again and 3D printing will be even cheaper).

Any thought?

John H

  

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3D Printing [View all] , monkey95, Tue Dec-11-12 04:34 PM
  RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 11th 2012, #1
RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 12th 2012, #2
      RE: 3D Printing, Roy Mengot, Dec 12th 2012, #3
           RE: 3D Printing, William W. Young, Dec 12th 2012, #4
           RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 12th 2012, #5
                RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 13th 2012, #6
                     RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 13th 2012, #7
                          RE: 3D Printing, bpread, Dec 13th 2012, #8
                               RE: 3D Printing, Scott Andrews, Dec 13th 2012, #9
                               RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 14th 2012, #12
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Dec 14th 2012, #13
                                    RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 14th 2012, #14
                                         RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Dec 14th 2012, #15
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Scott Andrews, Dec 18th 2012, #16
                                         RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 19th 2012, #17
                                              Very nice! (nm), Scott Andrews, Dec 20th 2012, #18
                                              RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 21st 2012, #19
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 21st 2012, #20
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 22nd 2012, #21
                                              RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 22nd 2012, #22
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Jan 29th 2013, #24
                               RE: 3D Printing, Roy Mengot, Dec 13th 2012, #10
                               RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 13th 2012, #11
                                    RE: 3D Printing, mjs28c, Jan 02nd 2013, #23
                                         RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Jan 31st 2013, #25
                                              3D Printing 1/100 Lifeboat, endare, May 20th 2015, #26
                                                   RE: 3D Printing 1/100 Lifeboat, titanicinfoseeker, May 20th 2015, #27
                                                        RE: 3D Printing, tmgarmon, Jun 02nd 2015, #28
                                                             RE: 3D Printing, William W. Young, Jun 25th 2016, #30
                                                                  3D Printed Propellers, endare, Jun 28th 2016, #31
                                                                       RE: 3D Printed Propellers, William W. Young, Jun 28th 2016, #32
                                                                            RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Josemar, Jun 29th 2016, #33
                                                                                 RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Jun 29th 2016, #34
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, William W. Young, Jul 01st 2016, #35
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Mar 08th 2017, #36
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Mar 09th 2017, #37
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Zenoms, Mar 09th 2017, #38
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Mar 10th 2017, #39
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Zenoms, Mar 10th 2017, #41
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Mar 10th 2017, #40
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Jul 14th 2017, #42
                               RE: 3D Printing, SteveFury, Jul 14th 2017, #43
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Bill West, Jul 15th 2017, #44
                                         RE: 3D Printing, endare, Jul 19th 2017, #45
RE: 3D Printing, Plutralias, Jun 23rd 2016, #29

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