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Old 03-14-2020, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I decided to try and 3D print my Canadian Pacific station rather than use traditional methods.
The sides of the 'wooden' stations were mainly covered in shingles, and the thought of trying to glue scale ones on was not attractive to me!
So since I have my 3D printer, maybe it could help, and it has.
The walls all interlock at the corners so that I did not need to glue anything.
The roof however will probably be made of wood, with glued on details of some sort, but I have not had time for that yet.
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You are having fun with that printer.
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My modeling skills have been trumped by a machine, looks good
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I think I would be tempted to use some acrylic for the basic roof and then glue some roofing sheet to it. Precision Products from Ozark might work. I have had good luck with the acrylic from Home Depot. Tough stuff. I sure like the looks of that station.
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very Nice looking concept
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks fabulous David. let me know when I should expect mine!! Hopefully I'll have all the snow cleared away by then.
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Looks great. How big are the panels? They look too big to be done with a normal size printer. Are the colors molded in or are they painted? I always enjoy seeing how other people make their buildings.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone who has commented.
So, some details.
The station footprint is 32 " x 10 ".
The ground floor walls are 4 " high.
I modified a printer so that I could print 'tall and skinny', mainly because that's how I envisioned printing my heavyweight cars to avoid warping over a long, 30 " length.
The longest piece of this station was a wall 21 " high.
The walls are printed three at a time in a triangle shape with small joiners so that there is some stability as the print gets taller.
The corners are slotted together with a kind of dovetail joint so that I did not need to glue anything and they have a flange top and bottom to mount to wood to keep everything square.
Other than the end brackets, the roof support brackets slot into a grove to make sure that they all lined up nice and square.
It was printed in red (because I happened to have a spare spool of red) and then painted with acrylics.
The window detail was printed separately and then glued into place after painting them.
The station will NOT be out permanently, but put in place when needed. I am still not sure how well this filament will last in the heat of the day anyway - we will see.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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To help show what I was explaining, here are a couple of photos that show how the corner pieces and roof brackets slot together, and how I print the sides in a triangle shape.
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Old 03-21-2020, 12:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi David:
I just got out of the hospital for my autogreffe (Whooee...). And the first thing I see looking on the forum is your beautiful job on that station. The joining of the elements is brilliant and should help keep things rigid.
Keep up this fascinating exploration of that new medium.
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