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Old 04-30-2019, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hi folks

I realise that this topic has probably been raised before, but who here does 3D printing of buildings? And where would I find printable files.
Iím looking at getting one, so long as I donít have to do too much, with so much on the go.

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Old 04-30-2019, 08:33 AM   #2
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i do 3d printing of buildings .. using cura
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:49 AM   #3
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I do! Check out https://www.thingiverse.com/ for files to print.
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:30 PM   #4
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I've been looking at printing figures (people, animals, etc) but there's not many models available in HO scale. Of course the great thing about this hobby is it's very easy to change the scale of an object before you print it.

A great source for models is in 28mm minis (used a lot for D&D type gaming, I think?). If anyone else goes down this path, just be aware that 70% is the magic scale number you're looking for. Take a 28mm figure and scale it down to 70%, and you'll be within a decimal point of the size needed for HO.

Actually *printing* those models is something else entirely. At HO scale a standing person is only about 15mm tall, so you need pretty fine detail. I'm going to be working with a 0.2mm nozzle and 0.04mm layer heights. Initial testing showed that even a slight bump in the belt can destroy a whole head. Next time I try it I'm going to slow the print speed way down. I'm hoping to get my prints good enough to see facial features.

As for printing buildings, I do have one link saved that might provide a search point for you: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2981217
This is just a flat print of a stone wall that you could cut out for models, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were other similar textures to be found.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:43 PM   #5
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Check out Shapeways.com ... lots to browse there ...

https://www.shapeways.com/marketplac...ry/?q=ho+scale

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Old 04-30-2019, 06:49 PM   #6
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When I designed my N scale rolling stock i kept my printers limitations in mind and i now have a whole fleet of 3d printed flat cars and gondolas. Theyre not based on any particular drawings, but they look great and it shows how 3d printers can be used in the hobby. As seen in the pictures below, the switcher in the picture is a bachmann, and the brown flat car is one i designed and printed, then painted and added a wood bed to.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:50 PM   #7
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Just getting my feet wet with printing, but I have obtained figures, buildings, and other things I am almost ready to try. Problem is now that I am getting pretty decent with it, wife keeps coming up with things for me to print for her. I told her, us time for a second printer...

But yes, thingiverse is a great source..


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Old 05-01-2019, 06:42 AM   #8
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Thanks for the help guys. Didnít realise the cost of the plans was so expensive, but will see what I can do


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Didnít realise the cost of the plans was so expensive,

most of the stuff on thingverse is free ?
shapeways can be pricey, but it's a different market ..
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while trying to print HO scale figures probable exceeds my printers capability, I know painting them exceeds my capability!
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