(Kiwi Trains, Auckland, New Zealand) - 3D Printable Scale Model NZR & Kiwirail Trains.
Designs printed in typically 1:120/NZ120 Scale, although recently 1:24 has taken over.. This is a Blog to document 3D Printing New Zealand trains & the journey to build the most complete train set. Everything I design for NZ120 is available to buy at http://www.shapeways.com/shops/kiwitrains
For more info on NZ120 visit the forum http://nz120.org
3D Printing, turning a virtual design into reality, the biggest hassle, is ordering the product, and finding out a week later it cannot be printed! And now the basic understanding of what is required is very clearly understood. Future projects will undoubtedly include an EF & DJ, but a more exciting venture for me is to create a printable steam loco shell, streamlined J's and an original K to replace my scratch built shells infact. Current Projects include the following;
A nice simple beginners model, currently waiting for the next version to arrive.
Design finalized, awaiting a test model to arrive.
Design almost complete, awaiting the DSG model to arrive so i can ensure the right internal spacing for a selection of chassis to fit.
NZR ZM WAGON
Almost ready for the printer, imagine a light weight wagon printed in bulk at roughly $20 ea with enough detail to keep a baby boomer rivet counter type entertained for hours on end.
But more importantly the real issue this will hopefully solve is the weight issue, white metal kits are all well and good, until you have say 5-7 heavy CB wagons which any loco would struggle to pull, with this material the weight issue will be solved, and allowing far longer trains.
NZR DA CLASS - Phase 3
My first design, has been rejected by the printing company more times than i care to admit. This sort of rejection can really put a guy off, until one understands even virtual models are capable of "bleeding". Who knew?