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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/23/2016 :  11:05:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to the LHS looking for HO scale ladder stock to install on the side of a project. The shop carries a limited supply of 'craft' material. A few Tichy windows, doors, etc. and some Evergreen and Plastruct stock. I bought the Plastruct 18" ladder pack with 2 5" lengths of HO scale ladder. It looked a little thick. When I put the calipers on it. the sides were about 4" in diameter, and the rungs would have been 2-1/2" pipe. Ever try to climb a ladder with 2-1/2" pipe?

So, as I'm still learning how to use the 3D printer I built, I tried my hand at building a 18" wide ladder with 16" between rungs, and use 1-1/2" pipe. Here's how it came out (bottom ladder). The photo adds a little distortion that is not on the completed part.



My HO workers appreciated the rework.

Jim

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 10/23/2016 :  11:12:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice! You gonna hire out? My firefighters might appreciate having stuff they can actually use on the rigs....

Pete
in Michigan



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/23/2016 :  10:15:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many do you want? They're 140mm long.

Jim



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quartergauger48
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Posted - 10/23/2016 :  11:48:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...Huge difference'....You are making progress...Keep it up'...



ted :<)

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Dutchman
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  08:57:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By golly, you seem to be getting the hang of this, Jim!



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eTraxx
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  2:21:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit eTraxx's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Cool. When you can make it better than the commercial part you are on a roll!

Have you tried the Rusty Stumps HO ladders?[/url I like the O scale versions.

http://www.rustystumps.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D1001



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  4:26:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, I was holding off on this...The ladder is part of a 750 bushel grain bin that I saw driving up to Michigan. This entire piece started out as a coil of 1.75mm recycled plastic. I drew everything using Autodesk Fusion 360, printed it on my printer, and letting some primer dry, until I do a little more touch-up work on it. It will end up with a "DeKalb" corn logo decal that I printed.







Edited by - BurleyJim on 10/24/2016 4:32:47 PM

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  5:17:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool! I'd say something about the photo being grainy, but that would probably just get Bill and Greg going, and ... well... I don't want to do that right now.

Looking forward to seeing how this and the rest of the complex turn out.

I can think of some other places where good ladder stock would come in handy....

Pete
in Michigan



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k9wrangler
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  5:41:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good looking ladder. 3D is such a great technology, so early in the revolution it's spurring.



Karl Scribner
Sunfield Twp. Michigan
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Kentucky Southern Railway
The Spartan Line

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  6:26:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep, it took 2-3 minutes to print the ladder, and just about 8 hours to print the grain bin. It's taken a lot more time trying to get a handle on the drawing software.


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Orionvp17
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  7:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim,

Suggestion on the bins: Use PVC pipe for the bin and print the ancillary stuff-- the ends, supports, etc. That should save on time and material.

I'm blown away by this stuff, though, so recognize that I sit in awe of this project.

Pete
in Michigan



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  8:11:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ahh, the center of the bin (upper and lower) is nearly hollow, it looks like a honeycomb inside. The supports are actually integral to the lower half of the bin. The ancillary stuff is separate. Time...I turn it on and when it's done, it shuts itself off, and sends me an email.

Jim



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  9:13:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whatever works!

Pete
in Michigan



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quartergauger48
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Posted - 10/24/2016 :  11:08:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now you are just plain showing off'....



ted :<)

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 11/10/2016 :  5:10:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the 2 completed HO grain bins, and for the heck of it, did one in N scale. The N-Scale was just a little more tricky.





Jim



Edited by - BurleyJim on 11/10/2016 5:28:42 PM

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 11/10/2016 :  6:09:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Indeed Jim, they look better than the ones that sell for big bucks by model train companies'. Great job!*



ted :<)

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