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Great Learning at the Fine Scale Model Train Expo

by • April 4, 2016 • No Comments

Railroad versioners have a long tradition of learning of every other in order to turn ideas into physical 3D objects at scale. A hobby which
goes back for generations, they have rad organizations which
regularly get together to share their passion of scale versioning. They are exemplary both in their ingenuity and in their willingness to share new techniques.

Last weekend, I got to meet with these versioners at the Okay Scale Model Train Expo in Danvers, Massachusetts and to donate a clinic on via 3D printing with Shapeways. I in addition
got to show off our newest material: Black High Definition Acrylate. The response was amazing and we are may already
ing to see this new, high-more detail material take off. Folks in the clinic asked awe-inspiring inquiries
of how they can begin
versioning, how our materials work and gave thoughtful suggestions on what they’d like to see of Shapeways in the next.

After the talk, people gather around to get a nearer appear at Shapeways materials:


Walking around the expo I was blown away by the more detail I saw in the scale versions, particularly in the contests. The Expo centered around O and HO scale versions (with a few G as well) and the vendors who create kits for these sizes. The level of craftsmanship in these kits was just amazing. Everyone I spoke to was was amazingly
excited for 3D printing and most
had may already
adopted it into their toolkit.

HO scale kit by FOS Scale Models:


I garnered a few excellent insights of the hobby as well. The focus on HO scale and all the elements which
go into manufacturing a layout helped me advantageous know how 3D printing fits into the equation. I saw real wooden scale lumber, remarkably accurate greenery, laser cut architectural motifs and white metal/pewter cast figurines. The HO (or other scales) ecosystem relies on materials which
mimic the properties and appear of a larger object and I’m constantly impressed by the ingenuity of version manufacturers to find the ideal
solution to scale-based issues.

HO Scale module:


This is what manufactures 3D printing so useful to versioners. With so most
materials to select of, they can manufacture just about infinite forms and have access to thousands of versions for purchase which
like-minded designers have may already
. But
specific or obscure the inspiration, 3D printing and your man versioners can get you there.

Andrew Thomas (Shapeways Community Manager) with Expo organizer Hal Reynolds:

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Below is a short interview with Shapeways community member David Yale of the floor of the expo of his products which
were included in a few amazing custom kits.

Bonus: The diorama above has an amazing series of videos revealing how it was created
on youtube.

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