|Paul T||10/01/2020 19:37:41|
7159 forum posts
I treated myself to a 3D printer and it is the most amazing tool that I have ever used.
Ten years ago I struggled to find decent quality deck accessories for a fire boat and now I can produce as many as I like by simply pressing a button, I don't even have to draw the parts as there are hundreds of 3D printer files freely available on the Internet.
It is truly a really versatile piece of equipment and would be a boon to any model builder.
|ashley needham||10/01/2020 19:54:47|
6653 forum posts
Ooh! What sort of resolution do you get? Sufficient for smooth bollards and anchors for instance?
|Paul T||10/01/2020 20:35:10|
7159 forum posts
Very high resolution with a printing tolerance of +/- 0.5mm, printing is slow at this resolution something like a four blade 50mm dia prop for a tug could take 4 hours to produce. A quick rub with wet/dry to smooth the leading edges and its ready for paint.
The nearest like for like material would be nylon.
It a Silhouette Alta that cost just over £300, small printing bed but perfect for my needs
Edited By Paul T on 10/01/2020 20:37:08
|Roger Clark||10/01/2020 22:54:33|
252 forum posts
Looks a nice printer, pics of parts made please . I've just bought a resin printer but won't be using it yet until I've made some room and a heated box with extraction to take the fumes outside, having ideas of printing small stuff and then casting in metal such as brass, bronze, ally etc.
|Bob Abell||11/01/2020 07:27:40|
8921 forum posts
Well done, Paul, for taking one giant step into the modelling world!
Happy New Year too
I can see the attraction, and I'm very impressed, but is there a danger of creating the Plastic Kit effect?
I'm just asking the question as a subject for debate
We would appreciate a few pictures, please
All the best, my mate......Bob
|Ray Wood 2||11/01/2020 08:34:27|
2038 forum posts
Yes as Bob Says well done for mastering the process , but we are surely now talking about home manufacturing?
I'm looking forward to seeing the end products, I'm starting my list as we .........
|ashley needham||11/01/2020 09:17:05|
6653 forum posts
its Not quite the Star Trek replicator, but almost, for small boat parts, and what a ridiculous price...all that tech for a miserable £300.
Not that I keep up with this sort of thing but I was looking ages ago at a printer in Maplin for just under 1000 and thinking that was good.
I collect plastic soldiers and this sort of thing would be a fab tool for broken and missing parts, or even replicating rare figures.
|Colin Bishop||11/01/2020 10:08:18|
4547 forum posts
The technology has come on by leaps and bounds and prices have dropped too. I can see the attraction for making common items, especially if you can print at different sizes, I'm thinking cowl vents, bollards, fairleads etc. but for one off complex items where there isn't a a file available , a ship's steam windlass for example, then you have to produce th file yourself or get somebody else to.
I have heard that if you need multiple non standard items such as a particular type of davit for example then it is possible to fabricate a master and have it 3D scanned although I don't know what that costs or what limitations there are (in producing hollow areas for example).
Edited By Colin Bishop on 11/01/2020 10:09:19
|Gary Hill 1||11/01/2020 12:28:35|
|20 forum posts|
I too bought a 3D printer recently, a s/h one from a fellow aero club member in my case. They are a truly remarkable tools. Although mine does not have a heated bed so I’m limited to PLA, which is fine for most things, TPU for items needing to be flexible and PETG which is similar to using ABS without the awful smell.
|Paul T||11/01/2020 18:17:55|
7159 forum posts
I use it to print blades for test flying my drones, just in case I have a senior moment as they are a lot cheaper to replace than the carbon fibre units.
Colin you wanted a steam winch link
Or maybe a model of HMS Victory link
Just for Ashley link
There are hundreds of sites devoted to 3D printer files and once downloaded these files can be easily manipulated to change its finished size.
As Gary said there are many different types and sizes of machine but I did my research and found the Alta the best for my needs.
Bob has raised a very pertinent point about plastic kits that I can't answer, does it remove the skill from model building or is it just a useful means to an end.
Ray, Yes it is home manufacturing that is specifically tuned to your needs.
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