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TEMPLOT 3D PLUG TRACK - To get up to speed with this experimental project click here.   To watch an introductory video click here.   See the User Guide at Bexhill West.

  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed. Some of the earlier pages of this topic are now out-of-date.

    For an updated overview of this project see this topic.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see Building 3D Track.

    The assumption is that you have your own machines on which to experiment, or helpful friends with machines. Please do not send Templot files to commercial laser cutting or 3D printing firms while this project is still experimental, because the results are unpredictable and possibly wasteful.

    Some pages of this and other topics include contributions from members who are creating and posting their own CAD designs for 3D printing and laser-cutting. Do not confuse them with Templot's own exported CAD files. All files derived from Templot are © Martin Wynne.
  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed.

    For an updated overview of this project see this topic.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see Building 3D Track.

    The assumption is that you have your own machines on which to experiment, or helpful friends with machines. Please do not send Templot files to commercial laser cutting or 3D printing firms while this project is still experimental, because the results are unpredictable and possibly wasteful.

    Some pages of this and other topics include contributions from members who are creating and posting their own CAD designs for 3D printing and laser-cutting. Do not confuse them with Templot's own exported CAD files. All files derived from Templot are © Martin Wynne.

Getting started with 3D plug track

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If anyone is looking for a cheapish FDM printer, then you can get an Elegoo Neptune 3 Pro, direct from Elegoo for $199, which works out at £157.55.
That works out at 20x 32ft track panels if they were printed in SLS with a print bureau (not that sls is recommended but gives a ball park price).
Having bought a laser cutter last month I did try and resist, but the functionality of the FDM timbering bases was too hard to resist.
Hi Matt,
As a matter of interest, what laser cutter did you go for?
Richie
 
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Resin is coming tomorrow and I have done no preparation to get started resin printing. Had made some mental plans ayt the weekend of what I wanted to achieve but failed totally

Taking a few days to get some room to set up the printer and make a space for the water bucket (I definitely don't want to kick this one) then get my head around what needs doing when, still the mother in law can repair her nails after I took James advice of buying a UV nail fixing machine.

Hopefully learning how a FDM printer works will make the learning curve easier for resin printer

Martin I thinh all of us should thank you for getting us all into 3D printer, especially the Chancellor of the Exchequer with you one man attempt at getting the economy going with all the printers we are buying
 
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Hopefully learning how a FDM printer works will make the learning curve easier for resin printer
@Hayfield

Hi John,

I doubt it -- the two machines are completely different!

Remember to clean the build plate before you use it the first time.

These are the Chitubox settings I use for the ABS-Like resin on the Alkaid printer:


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These are not the same as in the Alkaid manual. The important one is the bottom exposure time of 35 seconds.

Also make sure on the Advanced tab that this box is unticked:


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cheers,

Martin.
 
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Martin

Again thank you, I meant with my earlier statement that my learning curve would be less steep than before owing to the processes I have learnt with the FDM printer. I do realize that both processes differ greatly and there are new skills and processes to be learnt. However as you realized I started off FDM printing completely unprepared with not even any basic knowledge

Sadly too many distractions going on at the moment, but just obtained £400 compensation from an insurance company for my wife then there is an upcoming Christmas tree festival in 10 days time.
 
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Hi John,

I completely forgot about the 12mm turnout, until now. The dimensions were supplied to me by Dr Alan Gee. Box file attached. I found it on my old laptop.
 

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Hi John,

I completely forgot about the 12mm turnout, until now. The dimensions were supplied to me by Dr Alan Gee. Box file attached. I found it on my old laptop.

Phil

Thank you very much, I have saved it and when I next revisit my 12mm narrow gauge I will compare it with my own plans which I know have timbers 2mm short. Our Christmas tree layout is now taking up my spare time as three of us have been instructed to decorate a tree at the local Parish Church's Christmas tree festival in 10 days time
 
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