Originally Posted by bob2:

I was not prepared to be impressed with the Shapeways body.  I am impressed.  If this is the infancy of printed models, there may be a real future.  Not sure the price point has been met yet, but still - impressive.

As this technology matures and the price comes down, I suspect you'll see it become the norm for small independent product producers. Laser cutters have already come down below $10,000 for units large enough to produce parts up to 24" wide.

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Originally Posted by AGHRMatt:
Originally Posted by bob2:

I was not prepared to be impressed with the Shapeways body.  I am impressed.  If this is the infancy of printed models, there may be a real future.  Not sure the price point has been met yet, but still - impressive.

As this technology matures and the price comes down, I suspect you'll see it become the norm for small independent product producers. Laser cutters have already come down below $10,000 for units large enough to produce parts up to 24" wide.

3D printing is indeed in its infancy, but is now capable of producing parts usable for everyday static scale modeling.  You should see the smaller parts we're getting from Shapeways in their most detailed process.  The quality is close to that of injection moulding in some cases.  The O scale Silverliner body is too large for the most detailed process and the finish is a little rough, but it's usable. 

 

As to the price, 3D printing isn't for mass production just yet.  It's for one-off parts and projects, or very short-run parts.  The cost of the process will come down and the process will get better especially for larger parts in a few years, but you're still getting what amounts to 'custom' work, and the prices will be commensurate with that.  I don't see an O scale MU body being that much cheaper in the coming years if only one or two bodies are being custom-made by this process.   So, at least for the forseeable future,  be prepared to pay a little money for the niche-stuff you want to see. 

 

The best part is that the parts are easier to produce since no time-consuming and imprecise hand-work is involved and CAD can help get details even and consistent that you can't get by hand.  That kind of quality is worth any price, and IHP is nothing if we're not known for a quality product.  Maybe 3D printing still needs to catch up with our quality!  

 

Thanks!

 

Mike Bartel

IHP

O Scale Budd PRR Silverliner Body Kit from IHP

 

A while back we posted the availability of an O scale version of the Budd Silverliner body shell.  Now, we have a complete body kit for the Silverliner available!

 

The 3D-printed body kit is available from our Shapeways store and consists of a body shell (PRR version), underframe (with yaw dampers and bolsters), underbody details, stepwells, and roof details.  We're working on truck frames (also to be 3D-printed) that will allow nonpowered cars to be built.  You'll need 33" wheelsets and pantographs to complete the models.  

 

See the Shapeways parts through the IHP website

 

These are full-length Silverliner models for the 2-rail O scale modelers.  We plan a Reading version of the body in the future, as well as the earlier Pioneer III (Silverliner I) cars from 1958 for the PRR.  

 

Thanks!

 

Mike Bartel

IHP

 

So, I know I'm bumping a 5 year old thread here, but I have an MTH Premier Amfleet Cafe that I would like to convert to the Amtrak #9800, the former Metroliner cab/current private conference car. Has anyone made any progress with being able to print a cab to fit over the MTH cars?

Here is what I'm going for (not my photo):

Amtrak 9800

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