Saw some of this at the London Model Engineer in January. They were making some intricate Platform canopy supports for an 0 gauge model railway, they were rather impressive.
Also has the advantage once you have put the CAD in it can be scaled to produce the component to any required scale. (whilst we were watching the demo ewith a half a dozen key strokes they cot the printer to turn out the exact same item in 00, and the 1 gauge.)
Simon Heathwood IPMS London Aircraft Carrier SIG South Atlantic SIG
I pay about £40 for 2kg of resin, not sure how many cc's that is! Then you have rubber to make a mould. For making a one off or master the reprap would be amazing if you can make the 3d drawings necessary (I'm no computer expert!) and would be more accurate and cheaper than having a master made by a pro model maker.
Of course - you need the 3D drawings first. I heard a story that a country who ordered Hawks wanted the 3-D drawings of the exterior to do some wind tunnel tests, and was told "No problem - they cost the same as another full-size plane". Rather overshadows the cost of the resin and 3-D printer ;D
The open source I posted the link to has a link to an open source 3d software package too en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_(software) This may not be as 'professional' as some but I'm sure it would give better results than most (including me) could scratchbuild as one off model parts.
I had a dabble at doing 3D printing whilst doing a course for using a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) program. Whilst impressive, it was quite a slow process and the CNC machine to do it was very expensive. Unfortunately, the use of 3D CAD will be necessary to use this modelling technique as well as the machinery. To buy any of the most widely used 3D CAD programs is prohibitive as they are industry standard. We are talking of well over a grand or two for Solid Works, Pro Engineer, Solid Edge or Autodesk Inventor, the main players software. The 3D printing machine that I used whilst training, I was told, cost about £6K and it was a very small machine.
An IPMS member since 1974. Also branch secretary Berkshire branch in 1975. Edited IPMS magazine late 70's 2 years, serving the National Committee. Judged at SMW recently some car classes. Main interests are cars and and sailing ships. Still trying to convice people that IPMS is not just aircraft!
The Hooded Claw: Not really Rob, mind you I've become a civil engineer more than a modeller at the moment!
Oct 5, 2013 8:49:22 GMT
The Hooded Claw: Can we have a link to the SMW site on the header of the Forum please.
Oct 12, 2013 7:59:50 GMT
carlp92: Starting to get really excited for SMW 13 now!!
Oct 22, 2013 12:09:39 GMT
jasper: Looking forward to the show today and meeting other members
Nov 9, 2013 8:03:22 GMT
jhill: What a great show SCM13 was, I have purchased the next 6 months modelling at great prices, Great to meet new modellers especially from overses
Nov 11, 2013 11:00:33 GMT
opadag: I have got a 1:24 Harrier (A18003) for Christmas any build tips please
Dec 25, 2013 13:53:09 GMT
The Hooded Claw: opadag, it is an old kit now. So slow and steady, test fit every part before you glue them up so that you're sure of their location and that they fit properly before you commit.
Dec 28, 2013 9:29:19 GMT
peach38336: Old icky check if you are using the chinese made Humbrol. I've had some bad experiences with them. Check the Tim says "made in the UK" and at least you are on a better footing.
Jan 18, 2014 10:39:07 GMT
The Hooded Claw: How do I pin a post in a sub forum I'm moderator in?
Jan 30, 2014 19:45:38 GMT
grumpybear12: Fantastic SCM 2013 show. It was my first time and I was in awe of the models on display. I especially liked the new Hawker Typhoon by Airfix, one to be added to my wish list
Jan 31, 2014 19:51:02 GMT
grumpybear12: Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the 1/32 Revel Henkel 219 Uhu instruction sheet> My one was shredded by the dog after it ahd fallen onto the floor without my knowing.
Feb 7, 2014 19:20:55 GMT
The Hooded Claw: Enter your reply here...I know at least two people have been building it on the IPMS Facebook Page you could try there.
Feb 10, 2014 9:52:52 GMT
grumpybear12: Hi Just to let you know that I managed to print out a copy of the Revell Uhu instruction sheet from the Revell web site. Many thanks for suggestion for the face book info.
Feb 19, 2014 19:17:02 GMT
mikestarmer: I would like a Kora decal sheet for the VVS J22 fighter, sheets #7273 or #7274 either would do please
Mar 15, 2014 20:45:20 GMT
jhill: Superb model the setting makes this a joy to the eye
May 28, 2014 13:22:43 GMT
Feanor: put my Birthday back on the list. Its today !
Oct 1, 2014 8:39:09 GMT
Feanor: ive just tried the decal bank address and had my email pinged back. are the servers still full ?
Oct 1, 2014 8:58:45 GMT
grumpybear12: I want to give a huge thank you to the organisers of the Glasgow model fest on Sat.18th October. I was surprised to be stopped by 2 gentlemen asking about access to the event. I am a wheelchair user and was delighted with the venue and to be asked my view
Oct 21, 2014 14:15:31 GMT