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Roy MengotWed Dec-12-12 06:10 PM
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I think this technology is definitely coming. I still remember when this photo-etched brass stuff was a curiosity and while the potential was there, who's gonna do it?

I think the first benefactors of this will be the model railroaders and the plane and armor modelers. When I built my model of the Titanic wreck in '96, I went to a model railroad shop to look for interesting shapes that might be useful. Ship PE wasn't around much or in the wrong scales so I bought some railing for a railroad tank car (which became my crane railings) and cast lead fixtures for a locomotive that I thought might work for engine room wreckage. The clerk said, "Ah, building an F3 diesel?" I said, "No. The Titanic." I got the funny look you'd expect.

Laying out the parts will happen one of two ways, drawings or scans. Learning a drawing package is like any other difficult computer tool like a high-end graphics package. I wanted more custom PE for my wreck so I learned the industrial drawing package AutoCad for the basic art. People in three states were involved before I had brass parts to glue on my model. That's a tough way to do it if you can.

3-D scanners are the other way. Start with a physical piece you got from where ever. The scanner creates the print file. Such a scanner of course is part of the startup cost for a 3P (3-D print) business. The beauty of it is the computer can then scale the file. "You need a late version cast gun mantle for your Jag Panzer IV? We have the 3P file so what scale would you like it in? 1/18? Not a problem."
Scan a 1/48 kit and produce a 1/12 3P kit. Who knows? It may help development of the software and toner resins they use.

Keep asking about this in modeling stores, in letters to companies, and on forums. 3P will come around the same way PE did. Plastic models may have 3P variant parts added or available in kits the way the PE parts are now. Now's the time to get into the ground floor of 3P after-market parts.

My two cents...

Regards
Roy Mengot
TRMA Trustee

  

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3D Printing [View all] , monkey95, Tue Dec-11-12 05:34 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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