After spending the last few months printing monorails, I threw together a fun little side project. My fascination with Nash has manifested itself in the form of a printable HO scale Metropolitan. The bare body printed successfully tonight. It took about 45 minutes to print and used only a few cents worth of PLA. It will need a small amount of filing, but otherwise came out nice.
I've started adding lights, bumpers, etc. to the 3D model. Hopefully it will be ready for another test print tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Windows could be printed using clear filament, same as what is currently on the monorail. I may have a go at making a set.
In the meantime I tried out a bit of paint on one of the bodies. Not my best work, but it was a good experiment in seeing how visibly the layers show through. The body was painted with an old tin of Humbrol enamel. I'm thinking spray paint will yield a better result. The car looks ok from a foot away.
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2019 14:16:46 GMT -5 by stretch
Honestly, I used the Humbrol paint hoping it would be thicker. The imperfections you're seeing isn't so much the paint, as it is the lines from the 3D printer. I just tested another Met body with "filler" spray paint...several thick coats of it, and the finish is much smoother. We'll see how the top coat turns out...
Maybe Randy. They're easy enough to crank out, I just don't know how much people would pay for something of printed quality (as opposed to plastic/resin). Although, I could produce some unique vehicles. HO scale Amphicar anyone?
I just don't know how much people would pay for something of printed quality (as opposed to plastic/resin). Although, I could produce some unique vehicles. HO scale Amphicar anyone?
I think that is the key right there - offer things not available anywhere else.
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Supposedly those methods only work on ABS prints. My stuff is made with PLA filament. There is a product called XTC-3D that is supposed to work on PLA, but it's quite pricey. Maybe some dremel work with a fine sanding bit would work? Something to try anyway...
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