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This is very interesting. I am prototyping various UK N Gauge (1:148) model train parts at present with some success. Over the next few months I hope to be producing a mix of master models, for resin casting, and a number of smaller components for direct use.

I know of at least one other person who is looking seriously at the 3D printing methods.

Although it would be a long way off in the project, or may be to expensive, I have heard rumours of a 3D printing technique, for surface printing onto models. However, I have not been able to find any information to substantiate the rumour. If I have the info right, it is rather like having an inkjet printer printing onto the outside surface of a 3D object.
#1 Bob Davies on 2009-03-11 10:22 (Reply)
Bob,

if you like any of the items you could ask the Shop owner to scale them to your scale.

What do you mean by the surface printing onto models technique?
#1.1 joris on 2009-03-11 10:29 (Reply)
The traditional methods for printing a 3D object are to paint with a brush, air brush, pad printer (one colour at a time), water silde decal or vinyl overlay.

I am convinced that I came accross something which allows for direct printing of full colour, onto a 3D surface.

Theoretically the Z-Corp 3D printers can do full colour of the object itself, but the example I have seen are somewhat muted.

The kits I will be producing will probably have vinyl overlays, which will be precut.
#1.1.1 Bob Davies on 2009-03-11 10:43 (Reply)
Bob,

If you did find something that does 3D direct color printing let me know!

The only processes I've seen all are a derivative of the Zcorp method, and are as you say politely quite muted.
#1.1.1.1 joris on 2009-03-11 10:46 (Reply)

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