TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:25 pm

A little update: I've made some changes to the trucks to get them printed in detail material. They shipped with no problems so that's a good sign. The changes should not effect the shape, dimensions, detail, etc so I expect a good outcome. In addition, I've whittled away bits of material here and there to bring down the price. Also, since it's so little material to begin with and the fact that this material doesn't have the flat start up fee of the other material, the end price ended up being less than the current (a pair is currently $4.87 - will be $3.65 or $3.37 per pair if you get the 10 pack). WOOHOO!!

They're scheduled to arrive on Monday and as usual I'll report the results. If I'm happy with them, the trucks will ONLY be available in "Detail Black". The black adds a cent or two to the price but allows those who don't want to paint to just screw them on and go. Also, I will be removing the trucks as part of the car kits since they are not in detail material.

As a side note, in 2011 I'll be revisiting all 4 car kits to try and get them to detail material standards - and, if there are opportunities to remove material from them to bring down the price. I do not expect this to be as easy as the truck conversion and frankly I'm not sure if I'll be successful (doing it while keeping the price within reason). But I'll give it a shot.

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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ctxmf74 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:52 pm

ConducTTor wrote:They're scheduled to arrive on Monday and as usual I'll report the results. If I'm happy with them, the trucks will ONLY be available in "Detail Black".


Will be interesting to hear if the trucks come out smoother in this material? Do you have anything printed in it yet to compare the surface finish? I'll wait to order a 3 bay hooper till I hear if it is smoother....dave
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:45 pm

I have one single pair of trucks in the detail material - the pics are in the first post of this thread.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:13 pm

Guys I've removed the ability to buy any kits. I've started revisiting the car designs and don't want you to spend money on anything that may end up being improved in some way shape or form.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby scaro » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:27 pm

good luck with this. it sounds like the result will be something that's a bit more expensive but is consistent with what you'd expect from a pretty professional kit in another scale. that can't be a bad thing.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:55 pm

scaro wrote:it sounds like the result will be something that's a bit more expensive but is consistent with what you'd expect from a pretty professional kit


I really hope that's the case. We shall see.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:36 pm

New trucks were scheduled to be here today but aren't. Hopefully tomorrow.......
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:31 am

The new trucks arrived today. Detail and finish are better as expected - I'll show pictures comparing them after I paint a set in Grimey Black like the rest I have so it's a proper comparison. The bad news: this material is a bit soft compared to the cheaper one and that is evident in the rolling qualities. The detail material offers more resistance between itself and the axles. I will be doing tests and comparisons after I get a few more variations of material (in white and also transparent) but ultimately I don't believe this material is usable where low friction between components is required - ie, trucks, gears, etc.

I'm not happy about this.

However, I've become too passionate and invested in the quest for American models so I'll find other ways to reach the Holy Grail.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby CSD » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:47 am

Peho has some inserts for wheels that may help with the problem. Perhaps something like this could allow you to use the detail material for the trucks at least.
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Re: TT Nut kits at Shapeways

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:56 am

I thought about that and it's a possible solution. The thing that bugs me is it requires the modeler to order more parts and do more work. I for example, consider myself a modeler because I have the skills to do a lot of stuff - but I would prefer to just put the damn trains on the rails and enjoy them. Therefore, I want to make stuff as close to RTR as I can - it's also the only way to grow the scale in these parts of the world.
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