One of the best uses I've seen of this technology is for modelers of the modern diesel era making 3D printed versions of the latest in house cab designs for the engine rebuild programs of CSX and Norfolk Southern. Available at Shapeways the CSX SD40-3 Wabtec Cab (also known as the Sponge Bob Square Cab) is a great example of the niche 3D printing can fill for modelers.
|CSX 4032 SD40-3, photo by Robert Pisani|
|The 3D printed Wabtec cab offered for sale by 3rdboxcar|
So as a NKP/W&LE modeler there are several 3D printing projects that come to mind. I'll share these ideas because there's no guarantee I can master or will have the time to create the parts I want to make. If you know how to use 3D modeling software go ahead and feel free to design away on my ideas. I'll gladly buy them!
- 3D printing the pieces needed to alter a Proto 2000 or Bachmann 2-8-4 Berkshire into a close enough model of a W&LE K-1 Berkshire. Here's just a few of the possible parts.
- New Sandbox
- New circular Pop Valve Cluster
- Replacement Roller Bearing Journals for trailing truck and tender trucks
- Boxpok Driver wheel inserts (mill out enough of out center spokes to drop in a new piece, then reassemble wheels, rods, etc.)
- 3D print the large rebuilt tenders found on the W&LE M-1 2-8-2 Heavy Mikados.
- Option One: A tender shell made to fit on a Bachmann USRA Long Tender frame.
- Option Two: Complete two piece accurate frame and shell not dependent on any outside parts aside from trucks.
Here's me just playing with squares trying to match the shape of the M-1 big tender to prototype photos.
|The very beginnings of a 3D modeled W&LE M-1 2-8-2 Tender|