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    Has anyone printed stuff using 3D Printers for their layouts? Please elaborate with pictures!!

    I have a great 3D printer and want to get excited about this! Adding houses or cars, scenery, etc. Please share!

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    How... great?

    There's some really cool stuff available on Shapeways, but even that stuff still requires a fair amount of sanding etc. I have two friends with more consumer grade stuff ($500 range). Ones that use the PLA filaments and a heated head. They are great for things like servo motor brackets and other "mechanical" stuff, but nowhere near the resolution required to do detail parts or other "to scale" items.

    Still, the stuff being printed on commercial grade stuff (e.g. Shapeways) is pretty amazing, even if it does still require a little work. And the rate at which the cost is going down and the resolution going up, only promises an incredible future...
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    3D Printing has saved me so much time. Besides locomotive details I've used prints a bunch of different ways. Here are some things on my layout that I've printed and used.
    Jordan Spreader

    A two stall garage

    Dumpsters

    Building Interiors (All the furniture)

    Farm Equipment and other heavy machinery

    Vehicles (The Willys is printed)

    Garage.jpg
    Dumpster.jpg
    Planter.jpg
    Garage.jpg
    Chairs.jpg
    Jordan Spreader.jpg
    Willys.jpg
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    @jpwisc.... Nice work Karl. They really look good.

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    Karl those are awesome. What printer are you using?

    Specifically on the John Deere... is the tractor itself printed or molded? It looks like the trailer/equipment has trace evidence of the printing process (faint ridges, etc.) but the tractor has very smooth curved surfaces.

    Love the furniture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Karl those are awesome. What printer are you using?

    Specifically on the John Deere... is the tractor itself printed or molded? It looks like the trailer/equipment has trace evidence of the printing process (faint ridges, etc.) but the tractor has very smooth curved surfaces.

    Love the furniture!
    The tractor was Busch iirc. Everything else I ordered of Shapeways. I could have spent more time sanding the baler, but it is an auxiliary piece and you don’t notice under normal viewing.
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    WOW! Great Job! I recently bought a Flashforge Creator Pro and now that I am getting back into trains I was trying to get some inspiration on how to incorporate 3D Printing into my layouts. Thanks for that... I need few months, but will surely update along the way.

    THANKS!

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    I'm not on board with home printing yet for N scale. shapeways still has better details, allows my to run a business and handles all the bad prints or mistakes. i wouldnt want to be wasting my own materials and putting the unncessary wear and tear on my own machines.

    one of my customers just sent me this image.
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    planter from my shop, painted by a customer
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    pile of ties for my work trains or wayside.
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    The most popular item in my shop
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    Straddle Carrier for intermodal yard.
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    The tractor and seeder ( is that what you call it ) look awesome , they actually all exceed my expectations. How much work did for instance the bobcats need?
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Rail View Post
    Your shop???
    I was thinking the same so I searched on Shapeways https://www.shapeways.com/marketplac...uct&q=baldylox
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    used to the FB groups frowning on advertising. lol I usually rely on members here with the products printed to state who they go them from.

    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/baldyloxdesigns

    the Spreader and Bailer Karl posted are from me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebaldylox View Post
    used to the FB groups frowning on advertising. lol I usually rely on members here with the products printed to state who they go them from.

    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/baldyloxdesigns

    the Spreader and Bailer Karl posted are from me too.
    Nice stuff, I can see some of it in my Farm & Quarry.

    What 3d printer do you use, if you don’t mind me asking ?

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    I recently discovered that our public library has a 3D printer for free use to residents... I should try it out.
    Is there a good source of files for RR detail stuff that can be printed?

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    John Tanzillio has done some 3d priting
    https://www.youtube.com/user/tanzj/videos

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    whatever mega money machine shapeways uses lol

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    my honest answer, NO there is not. thingverse is often posted around places, but its not a source you want to rely on. many of the model will need reworked and setup for proper printing depending on your material specs and machine specs.

    maybe someday there will be more willing to share files. even myself, i wont share mine. toooooo many hours and hours into the designs to just give away.

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    A craftsman is worth his hire. No reason for you to give away your work or skills. It is one thing to share a landscaping or tree building technique; quite another to give away your creations that involve skill and hours of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebaldylox View Post
    toooooo many hours and hours into the designs to just give away.
    That makes sense. I don't even know how it all works anyway... the whole concept of 3D printing seems like modelling magic to me.

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