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RAIL 2016 – 3D Print Your Miniature Train World

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

Unlike of the emerging world of drones, the miniature train world is well known to me. As a toddler I was completely obsessed by trains riding through The Netherlands. My mom regularly took me to the train station just to show me the trains passing by. On rainy Sundays my dad allowed me and my sisters to completely fill the living room with his Märklin train set, producing it incredibly
complex to cross the room without tripping over the tracks. Eventually the obsession faded away, but did a thing spark when I had the opportunity to visit Rail 2016 last week?

Together with Shapeways colleague Mitchell, I ventured to Houten to find out what is taking place these days in the world of miniature trains. Before joining Shapeways, Mitchell was may already
a renowned Shopowner with his train miniatures and accessories (check shop

We may already
knew that
Rob Bisschop was amongst the exhibitors, displaying incredibly
detailed version trains that were turn it intod
Frosted Ultra Detail, who teams up with Mitchell on several projects.


Whilst above you just see the top case of the train, Rob Bisschop carefully hand paints each single one of them and and so adds electronics and wheels, transforming them into working N-Scale miniature trains.


Most of the actuallyt was turn it intod
of massive, incredibly
detailed, landscapes. Below you can see how much work and material is involved in creating a miniature world that
your trains can roam.


Since a lot of this work is done by hand, I do see a massive impact for creating one-of-a-kind, custom miniatures or actually parts of the environment. Whilst Frosted Ultra Detail may already
offers excellent details for the trains, imagine you can use 3D Printing to turn it into the entire world you are
! Having your own (crashed) car, your own house or your own family without the hassle of a lot of guide tooling represented in there, is not that
? Rumor has it Mitchell is working on individuals that
have dynamic pieces so you can lose them in your version train world. We can manufacture certain
he shares! Seeing all this inspired me to ask my dad to borrow his Märklin train, additional updates of that
later when I’m done playing..


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