3D-printing

In this section of the web site we want to show some modelers' efforts at using the 3D-printing technology to create some interesting models in S-scale. S-scale, as compared to for example HO- or N-scale, is a small market. This means that fewer manufacturers are involved in producing S-scale items. But regardless of which scale or scales you model in, if you want something unique, you have to resort to kit-bashing, scratch-building, or 3D-printing your desired models.

3D-printing is unique in that when you find a model in another scale, most of the time, the designer will be able to scale it up or down to produce an S-scale model. There are limitations, such as the thickness or sturdiness of a portion of the print that may not translate well when going from a smaller scale up to S or a larger scale down to S. But, if you find a model that you would like to have 3D-printed but it is not available in S-scale, it doesn't hurt to ask the designer if he or she can convert it to S-scale (a fee may be charged for this effort, to cover the designer's time, in addition to the cost of having the model 3D-printed).

(this page is still under construction; more will come over time; content shown was previously published on this web site, but has been moved to this page)

Ken Garber

Ken shares some of his 3D-modeling efforts with us. These are commercially-available prints, which is why we don't cover them in the "Scratchbuilding" page of this section of the web site.

Fairmont S2 Speeder

This is the unassembled, as-received, parts from Shapeways' 3D-printing facility. You can order this one yourself on their web site. Ken mentioned that Andrew Baird asked the designer to create an Sn42 version of this speeder, and so that is also available on the Shapeways web site.


(copyright © Ken Garber; used by permission)

Alco C420 Body

These are the unassembled, as-received parts from Shapeways' 3D-printing facility. You can order these parts yourself by going to the Century Models page on the Shapeways web site. Please note that the body parts shown in the photo are just loosely placed together. They consist of the cab and short hood (available with or without doors), the long body hood, and the rear radiator section (without the roof grill). Ken also got the matching pilots, but they are not shown in the photo.


(copyright © Ken Garber; used by permission)

Jim Kindraka

Jim shared photos of his recent 3D-printed efforts. He is working with Scott MacKenzie. Scott does the design work, while Jim does the actual printing and then building the parts into real models, as shown in the photos below. The models in the photo are not final yet. Also, at this point in time there are no plans to make these into some sort of commercial effort, as printing these cars, especially the Pullman-Standard 60-foot flat car is quite expensive. These were not printed using Shapeways. However, it does go to show that if you want some unique car, there are ways to accomplish it. The wooden deck of the flat car was custom-made by B.T.S. using their laser-cutter.


(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

The gondola side shown in this photo is the first iteration. Changes have already been made to improve it slightly.


(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

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