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Old 07-17-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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I thought I'd post my latest 3D printed GSE stuff here. I took up designing some more GSE items in 1:400, I really like the tiny nature of these items. As far as posible I made these true to scale, which means they have much thinner parts than mass produced items. While the parts are thin I did not yet break anything while painting stuff.
The stuff I show here is available via Shapeways.com. If you like I can combine several items from my collection into one single model, saving big on handling costs. Just send me a message.
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Baggage carts: open with luggage, open without luggage and closed




GT35 pushback tractors with open cab:


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Old 07-18-2016, 05:49 AM   #2
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Impressive! I've seen others with a much rougher surface in 1:200. This is 1:400

The paintjob is a whole different problem... but well done on these tiny, tiny things.
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Looks great, well done.

In general for 3D printing to become mainstream, I think printing color is the biggest hurdle. It appears there are now 3D color printers but they work very slow (1 - 2 hours for one object) and very expensive, both in initial purchase and print costs per unit making it not usable for mass resale production of for example airplane models.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:37 PM   #4
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Quality is getting better and better. It does depend on the operator of the printer and how they oriented the models in the printer. With the current state of technology you still have to paint the little buggers.

If I look at the number of GSE kits in 1:400 3D printing can really add a whole new dimension. That's the power of 3D printing, making stuff available that would not be worth mass producing. The level of detail in prints is already higher than the clunky kits. Have a look at the towbars for example. In 3D printing I make walls 0.4mm thick, where mass produced stuff usually won't go thinner than 0.7mm at the thinnest parts.

The price of the mass produced kits can be equalled more or less by 3D printed items, if you buy enough items in one go to keep the handling costs low.
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In general for 3D printing to become mainstream, I think printing color is the biggest hurdle. It appears there are now 3D color printers but they work very slow (1 - 2 hours for one object) and very expensive, both in initial purchase and print costs per unit making it not usable for mass resale production of for example airplane models.
I think that is an accurate assessment of 3D Printing. It is still slow, the good machines are expensive, and the surface finishes are limited. The best application is for prototyping and other niche work (e.g., building spare parts in orbit, Antarctica, or at sea).
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