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  1. I’ve been trying to teach myself to draw in 3-D the last two weeks. I’m using Fusion360 And I’ve created several different projects from YouTube videos. My first solo project was the painted hubcap pictured below. It’s for the 1970 Monte Carlo. My second drawing is the plain Jane hub cap or a base model for the 1970-72 Monte Carlo. After that, a friend of mine asked me to draw an air cleaner for Mr. Norms Dodge Tri-Power. And presently I’m working on a Hone O Drive for my Motion cars.
  2. How long will it be before we have home workshop 3D scanners that would scan an object and create a scaleable file for a 3D printer? Say you have a kit that only came in 1/32 scale (Lindberg Granada, for example) and you want to recreate it in 1/25. Possible someday?
  3. Hi all, thought I'd share my project to show what can be done in 3D printed parts. I'm blessed with 3D AutoCAD at home. I'm building a Tamiya 1/12 Ford GT40. My concept is building the car as I personally would instead of trying to accurately portray the #2 car the model is based on. Bear with me, this is the first model I've built since I was in middle school and I'm in my late 50's now. Feel free to offer me advise! I use Shapeway to do all of my 3D printing. I've received a couple parts so far, and I'm learning about the various materials they offer. Check out their site for all the cool stuff they already offer. Anything from hubcaps to complete engines. Check out TDR Innovations for engine stuff, Tim's got a great variety. I just bought a complete Ford 427 side oiler engine from him. Their parts are pricy though. If you can design them yourself, it's very cheap to get them printed. The rear louver in the pics below cost $5 plus $5 shipping! Here's some pics of what I have so far. Have a great holiday season.
  4. So this definitely seems to be an up and coming technology useful to modelers. I know there are a few out there who are using this technology to prototype parts for resin casting. I've been playing with the 3d design program Sketchup, and am getting the hang of it. have managed to draw up some tires, and some misc parts. I was hoping perhaps some who have made that next step might be willing to start a discussion here to help people like me make that next step to actually getting a part printed. I am aware of Shapeways, but believe there are others out there who will take on print work from a 3d drawing. Any and all tips, pitfalls, encouragement or even well meaning discouragement welcome. A start to finish description of your experience getting a part printed would be very welcome. Thanks
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