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endareThu Dec-13-12 01:39 AM
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Hi,

From what I can see, the technology has already had a massive uptake in the areas of Jewelry, miniature figurine makers, robot makers and iphone case designers, and yes, the train folks are well into it by now.

I absolutely think that it is feasible to 3D print a conversion kit in 1/350 for Olympic/Britannic. I think cost is prohibitive though. Considering that if you were to buy my Gantry Davits from shapeways.com, a complete set for RMS Britannic would cost you $70 plus postage; in the days when Tom Nicolaiís set was available you could get the whole conversion set for $80.
In my opinion the big-ticket changes on a 1/350 Titanic to Olympic/Britannic are large flat areas, like decks and superstructure. I donít think these are ideal candidates for 3d printing, they are better off being cut by hand/photo-etched/laser-cut (I had some laser cut). That leaves deckhouses, lifeboat arrangements and ventilators. The deckhouses are pretty straightforward, so it really comes down to the fiddly bits. I think the Gantry Davits and maybe the motor-boats are probably all i will do on my Britannic in 3D printing - and i am more than happy to make the 3D files available to anyone else once i am happy with the finished piece.

As for learning how to do it:
Software Ė I use AutoCAD. I use it because I know it having spent years working on it in my job. For those that know CAD software, it is kind of a dinosaur program, not ideal for this type of work, and the first-time user would be much better served starting fresh on something else.
Blender, Google Sketchup and Inventor Fusion are three FREE programs that come to mind for 3D modeling. The bottom line is you need to export your 3D model to .STL or .OBJ
(look here: http://www.shapeways.com/support/design_upload_and_3dprint)

Creating the model Ė Itís the same as drafting or building your physical model, only it is virtual. You get your hands on as many bits of research and plans that you can, and you start drawing in the computer. That probably sounds too simplistic, but short of a full tutorial Iím not sure what else to write. Would a tutorial useful? If I do a step-by-step of the making of one part, might that be of some assistance?

Regards,
Nick

  

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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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