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    Here's another great example of how the 3-foot rule makes 3D printed objects blend into a site to the point that you don't need to get overly worried about the quality.

    These are two pics of a buddy's layout, where he's modelling the Toronto CN Spadina roundhouse and yard. He recently decided to add the highline rails and Gardiner Expressway in the background. The expressway was 3D printed, then painted and assembled. It's essentially three pieces - a base for the uprights, the uprights, and two girders per span. He added the guardrail and roadway using regular styrene (still to be painted).

    I think the biggest advantage of this method is the time savings - I think he spend about 1.5 hrs designing, then I printed 3 batches of 7 x kits for him. Each batch was about 13 hours of machine time, which I would run overnight or while at work (less than 1 hour of my time total). Scratch building these entirely from Styrene would have taken so much more effort.

    Spadina - before.jpg


    Spadina - after.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Rail View Post
    I have a Reprap Prussa i3 DIY kit still in the boxes (quite a few boxes)
    After seeing some of the results here I probably should start building it.
    Take your time and follow the instructions closely. I spent about 7-8 hours assembling mine.

    You'll then spend many hours learning "how" to print - learning the ins and outs of what makes a good print, a good design, and just fine-tuning your machine. I've had a blast learning all this and the results are paying off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbechard View Post
    Take your time and follow the instructions closely. I spent about 7-8 hours assembling mine.

    You'll then spend many hours learning "how" to print - learning the ins and outs of what makes a good print, a good design, and just fine-tuning your machine. I've had a blast learning all this and the results are paying off.
    I’m afraid that the “design” part is going to be hard for me. Something about teaching an old dog new tricks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Rail View Post
    I’m afraid that the “design” part is going to be hard for me. Something about teaching an old dog new tricks
    Start with www.TinkerCad.com

    Follow the tutorials to get you started - me and the other "old dogs" at the club found it really easy to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbechard View Post
    Start with www.TinkerCad.com

    Follow the tutorials to get you started - me and the other "old dogs" at the club found it really to learn.

    Thanks Peter, I’ll give it a try and we’ll see.

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