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Old 05-20-2015, 04:29 AM
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Hey there!

My name's Laura, and I'm a 3D printing enthusiast. I have a fiend who is currently building an RC Queen Mary 2 with help from a 3D printer.
I'm curious to see how widespread 3D printing is used in the model-making community.

Have any of you designed models on a 3D printer? Are any of you designing or building a 3D printed model boat?

- LM
Old 05-20-2015, 09:13 AM
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I have heard of people using a 3D printer to make dummy engines for scale hydroplanes, antique aircraft and some types of cars, never seen a completed model made that way
Old 05-21-2015, 02:52 AM
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Lots of small manufacturers using 3D printing and CAD to produce prototypes for moulding. These invariably need a great deal of cleaning to get the required standard of finish, but are very convenient as they can be readily rescaled. Hobby level machines are nowhere near good enough yet, commercial quality units represent a huge investment.
A friend or a fiend? Or both?
Old 05-22-2015, 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mfr02 View Post
Lots of small manufacturers using 3D printing and CAD to produce prototypes for moulding. These invariably need a great deal of cleaning to get the required standard of finish, but are very convenient as they can be readily rescaled. Hobby level machines are nowhere near good enough yet, commercial quality units represent a huge investment.
A friend or a fiend? Or both?
A friend, definitely! Though you could say his abilities on CAD are truly fiendish indeed!

But I quite agree on the quality aspect. It's hard work getting models to a really decent quality. My new machine is much better for it.
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I have a hobby grade machine and have used it for some accessories, not really any structure parts on the boat.
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Most "hobby" or "home" printers will not create anything usable for the finer details. They can be used for crude items, or functional parts like custom motor mounts or such.
There are some SLA printers in the $3000+ range that can do it, with a lot of trouble... much easier and more efficient to take your CAD designs to a commercial shop like Shapeways, and get good quality parts off a multi-jet printer that costs MUCH more... Pricey parts, but it pays off in the end.

I've done a lot of this- the research, CAD design, and sourcing and assembly of printed parts. The model below is a 1:24 static model, but I also sell many of the parts through a Shapeways shop for use on R/C models. While the hull is traditional wood construction, virtually everything above the deck is 3D printed (even the cabin).
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