3D printed track from Templot

AndyB

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I have a Woodpecker Mini-mill - my experience here.

It might work but its X-Y is rather small. The other problem is I can't see any for sale at the moment.

Edit: Here's one. I think it's a bit bigger than mine.

 
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Hi Martin,

It might be possible to use one, or something similar, for cutting out the timbers and the pockets for the chairs from thin plywood or some other material.
@AndyB

Thanks Andy.

That would surely be very slow? And I'm not sure how many Templot users would have access to such a machine.

The big, and in fact only, advantage of the Cameo blade cutter was the work area for laying out a 3D track plan -- 12" wide by as long as you like. Absent that, I think we may as well stick with FDM printing for the timbers. I've confirmed that it is doable, and have some Cura slicer settings I can share. 3D printing is now quite widespread in the hobby and gaining ground -- I suspect many Templot users will have a friend or fellow local club member with a 3D printer. Or if not, they will do quite soon. :)

Or laser-cut timber bases in plywood. Home laser printers are coming down in price, but don't offer work areas much greater than FDM printers. But several firms offer Templot laser-cutting to order, if folks don't mind the cost:

https://www.intentio.shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=25&product_id=78

https://greenwoodmodelrailwayproducts.co.uk/product-category/laser-cut-products/timber-track-base/

http://www.timbertracks.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=8

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Martin.
 
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The roll paper is interesting but won't fit the roll paper holders on the Epson 1290S, however I see this is as a challenge. Perhaps Richard Pedder on RMWeb etc might be able to help with the Cameo 4, as he uses his for cutting out parts for buildings and rolling stock etc,
 
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if you don't mind a lot of faff. Essentially I think you are supposed to make repeated cuts, each time with the blade set a fraction deeper. The snag there is that changing the blade depth means removing the blade unit from the machine, adjusting the depth on the end cap, and putting it back in. So not a 5-minute job if it needs several cuts.
@Paul Boyd

Hi Paul,

Just a rewind on that. It is possible, just, to change the kraft blade depth with the cutter in the machine. Using a two-pronged tool such as the one provided, which appears to be for something else (unspecified).

Martin.
 
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The roll paper is interesting but won't fit the roll paper holders on the Epson 1290S, however I see this is as a challenge. Perhaps Richard Pedder on RMWeb etc might be able to help with the Cameo 4, as he uses his for cutting out parts for buildings and rolling stock etc,
@Stephen Freeman

Hi Stephen,

One solution to getting paper rolls of a required width is to use decorators lining paper. The full roll can be cut to any width using a junior hacksaw, or other fine-tooth saw. Put cable ties around the roll on each side of the cut to keep the roll tight while cutting. Clean up the cut end with a dry nail brush or similar.

Lining paper is available in thick grades and some makes are good quality paper. But the surface is fairly rough, so not suitable for printing or drawing very fine detail.

Lining paper also makes a good backing roll to fix trimmed A4 template pages with Spraymount adhesive. Neater and more accurate than taping them together.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Stephen Freeman

Hi Stephen,

One solution to getting paper rolls of a required width is to use decorators lining paper. The full roll can be cut to any width using a junior hacksaw, or other fine-tooth saw. Put cable ties around the roll on each side of the cut to keep the roll tight while cutting. Clean up the cut end with a dry nail brush or similar.

Lining paper is available in thick grades and some makes are good quality paper. But the surface is fairly rough, so not suitable for printing or drawing very fine detail.

Lining paper also makes a good backing roll to fix trimmed A4 template pages with Spraymount adhesive. Neater and more accurate than taping them together.

cheers,

Martin.
In this case the width looks to be OK it's the diameter of the central tube that is too small. |I have previously tried the cutting a larger roll down but it isn't easy (still have some to use) but I think resolving the issue of the central tube is probably easier to overcome.
 
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In this case the width looks to be OK it's the diameter of the central tube that is too small. |I have previously tried the cutting a larger roll down but it isn't easy (still have some to use) but I think resolving the issue of the central tube is probably easier to overcome.
@Stephen Freeman

Hi Stephen,

Same problem on the Cameo, the spigot on the end plate doesn't line up with the roll core. That's why I removed the plates.

Easy fix for someone with a 3D printer :) -- make a replacement end plate.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Stephen Freeman

Hi Stephen,

Same problem on the Cameo, the spigot on the end plate doesn't line up with the roll core. That's why I removed the plates.

Easy fix for someone with a 3D printer :) -- make a replacement end plate.

cheers,

Martin.
It's probably easier to make a separate roll holder, positioned to the rear of the printer (Epson 1290S), just needs some wood and suitably sized piece of rod/dowel. Now I know I can get roll paper of a suitable size without too much trouble at a reasonable price, I think I shall be exploring the possibilities this weekend.
 
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I have added a bottom taper on the sides of the chair plug. This makes it much easier to locate the chairs over the sockets before pressing them home:

plug_taper.png

Also the underside of the plug is no longer dead flat. This reduces the overhang from the support pyramid to make it less likely that chairs will go missing in the resin on the printer.

Getting there slowly. :)

Martin.
 
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I wish I could have a play with the 3D export features you are working on, obviously it's disabled in the current release...
@Wayne Kinney @Paul Boyd

Hi Wayne,

Templot update version 228a is now on the server. Experimental 3D export functions now available, but the operative word is experimental. :)

Your copy of Templot should update automatically if you restart it and follow the instructions. If you have the Templot Video Player open, please close it first.

More info at: https://85a.uk/templot/club/index.php?threads/templot2-update-version-228a-now-available.228/

cheers,

Martin.
 
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