I took the afternoon off to do some not so glamorous room prep in anticipation of extending the High Line.
In the mean time we have an intern at the office this summer who brought his 3d Printer in for us to evaluate:
It is rather like a robotic glue gun. The spool at the top is the material which feeds into the print head on an x-y-z gimbal.
So far the resolution is too coarse for my model work. Interestingly, it is possible to download files for the orange parts on the printer, making this somewhat self-replicating. At least if you can make the part before it breaks.
I was able to craft some 3d parts over the holidays, and they arrived today.
I was able to get the Freight Depot doors to print correctly, and the windows came out especially nicely. The millions are extremely fine and the spruing worked well too. No excuses not to start the Freight Depot this weekend!
Another part I have been meaning to make is a saw horse for the car shop crew. These came out a tiny bit large, but what the heck? The make working on cars so much easier for the little guys. (I posted these parts in my Poverty Flats store on Shapeways if you want to purchase a set of your own. They are both in S and O scales).
Jim, your wish is granted. The parts posted to Shapeways: who will be the first to order a window or door to see if the scrollwork renders? I also posted the Idaho Springs cast iron water tank columns in 1/48, along with a new part for the base of the roof bracket for the Romley depot.
Otherwise, I spent the day painting track (not terribly exciting), and after I cleaned the paint off the rails, I ran trains. 75 puttered around the yard, and even ventured onto D&RG rails to switch the Arkansas Valley Smelter. The current keeper makes a difference in operation, along with cleaning the rails with a scrap of hardboard and a light application of radio parts cleaner.