My Updated List for Shapeways’ FUD & FXD Models – Part 1

If you’ve been following my blog over the last month you’ll be aware that Shapeways have updated their pricing structure for the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) and Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD) plastics; you can read the first post here.

Now that the dust has settled and I’ve had a chance to work through some of my models I’m happy to say that the following are updated and are ready for purchase: they are either unaffected, have had a price reduction or had a slight price increase which cannot be reduced.

Locomotive Shells & Misc Parts

Baldwin RT-624 Center Cab N Scale 1:160

Baldwin RT-624 Shell Only

Baldwin RT-624 Side Frames X2 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin RT-624 Side Frames X4 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin RT-624 Fule Tanks X4 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Center Cab N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Center Cabs X2 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Dummy N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Dummy x2 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 x2 (1 Powered & 1 Dummy) N Scale

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Marker Lights N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Marker Lights x8 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Dummy Trucks X2 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Dummy Trucks X4 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Side Frames X2 N Scale 1:160

Baldwin DT6-6-2000 Side Frames X4 N Scale 1:160

EMD DD35 N Scale 1:160

2 EMD DD35s N Scale 1:160

EMD DD35 Dummy N Scale 1:160

2x EMD DD35 Dummys N Scale 1:160

EMD DD35 & DD35 Dummy N Scale 1:160

EMD DD35 Dummy Chassis N Scale 1:160

EMD DD35 Pilots for N Scale JTP DD35 Locomotive x2

EMD DD35 Pilots for N Scale JTP DD35 Locomotive x4

N Scale Alco C-855 Locomotive Shell

N Scale Alco C-855 Locomotive Shell Only-No Parts

Alco C-855 Drive Shaft Extender (new)

Alco C-855 Drive Shaft Extender (old)

N Scale Alco C-855B Locomotive Shell

N Scale Alco C-855 Locomotive Shell Only-No Parts

Alco C-855B Sandbox Fix

Dummy Locomotive Chassis

Atlas Alco C-628 Dummy Chassis Kit – N Scale 1:160

EMD SD50 Dummy Chassis

EMD HT-C Dummy Trucks – 1:160 – N Scale

DDA40X Dummy Trucks N Scale 1:160

Freight Cars

Yosemite Bulk Head Log Car – N Scale 1:160

If you’re considering purchasing any of my models which are not on this list please feel free to drop me a message and I can confirm if the price is likely to change.  Next week I’ll have the next part of the list for you.

Drawbars For Yosemite Valley Railroad Log Cars

As it’s been a while since I released a new product, and I’m still working through the Shapeways material changes, I thought this week I would finish up a project from a few months ago.

Back in February of this year I shared with you my designs for a 3D printed drawbar for my Yosemite Valley Railroad Log Cars, you can find the post here.  The drawbar was fairly simple and the test prints worked well; I just wanted to give them a proper test before I made them available.  Well, they’ve now done lots of miles on our modular exhibition layout, ‘Solent Summit’, so I’m happy to make them available; they can be found here. They can be ordered in either white or black.  This material stains or paints very well, so if you prefer a different colour I recommend getting the white.

As I said in the original post I had wondered if these would be any use for conventional freight cars.  I did some tests using boxcars fitted with N Scale Micro Trains body mounted couplers and right away I ran into a problem with length.  As these were designed to replace Z scale couplings the distance between the mounting holes is too small to use with the N Scale screw holes.  But I think adding 6mm will do the trick so I will be ordering a test set of longer links soon and I’ll share them with you when they arrive.

Intresting Prospects from Shapeways

If you’ve been reading my blog posts over the last few weeks you’ll know I’ve been working on updating my 3D printed models for my Shapeways shop.  This is because Shapeways have had a price structure change which overall has had a positive effect although some models need to be updated.  I’d planned on having all the changes done by now but I’ll admit as well as working on the models I’ve also been out enjoying the sunshine, so I’m not quite ready yet!

One interesting development which is on the way from Shapeways is their orientation tool.  This will be for their Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) and Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD) plastics and will allow me to set the orientation the model prints in.  This will be a huge benefit; although the FUD and FXD don’t suffer from the ‘attached support material’ problems that the other 3D printing materials do, you can still see the difference between a surface which is on the underside compared to the top.  This is because support material is still used but as it’s a liquid it’s not permantly attached.  By choosing the orientation I can make sure all the best detail is on the top and not face down in the liquid support material.  The downside of this will be some models, such as locomotive shells, will be more expensive due to the larger amount of support liquid needed.  That’s the reason they are printed upside down in the first place.

I’ll be doing some experiments, once the tool is launched, to see how to make these models more cost effective, and I’ll share my findings with you.  As for this week it’s back to the drawing board. Well, mouse and keyboard.

Good News from Shapeways

As you may have read over the last two weeks my primary 3D printing supplier, Shapeways, have updated their pricing structure for the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) and Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD) plastics.

I’m still in the process of going through all of my models, checking they’re all up-to-date, but so far things are looking good.  I’ll have lots more to share with you over the next few weeks but for now here’s an example of one of the positive changes.

You may remember my Yosemite Valley Railroad Log Cars.

These have always been available individually, as a pair, a set of three and a set of five. They are also available in both FUD and FXD materials.  This is how the new pricing structure has affected them:

  • Single Log Car in FUD = reduced by $3.29
  • Single Log Car in FXD = reduced by $5.34
  • Pair of Log Cars in FUD = reduced by $4.27
  • Pair of Log Cars in FXD = reduced by $8.19
  • Three Log Cars in FUD = reduced by $4.99
  • Three Log Cars in FXD = reduced by $10.80
  • Five Log Cars in FUD = reduced by $6.61
  • Five Log Cars in FXD = reduced by $16.25

As you can see the FXD has had a dramatic drop on the cost to you.

Some of my other products have had a slight increase in price but I’m working on solutions to help bring it back down and, if possible, make even lower.

I’ll have more for you next week but for now if there’s a specific model you wish to purchase and are unsure if the price will change, please send me a message at jamestrainparts@yahoo.co.uk or use the contact page.

An Article in the Press

In last week’s post I told you about Shapeways’ plan to change their pricing structure for the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) and Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD) plastics. You can find the post here.  This process is now in full swing so while I’m sorting through my models my posts will be brief.

One thing I do want to share with you this week is that I made it into the Shapeways Magazine and you can find the article here.

Next week I’ll have some updates on which models have changed ready for the new system.

A Change in Shapeways’ 3D Printing Prices

This week I’d planned on continuing with my OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings and showing you where to get them.  However, it was announced last week that as of 22nd May 2017 Shapeways are restructuring their pricing system for Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) and Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD) plastics.  As my OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings will be printed in these materials I’m going to look into this before I release the product.

The main changes Shapeways will be making are lowering the material cost and halving the initial base cost. This, on the whole, is good news as it should reduce the cost of several of my products, but I’ll need to do some re-designing.  This will be necessary as they’re also adding a charge for support material and a small charge per part.  And as many of my products have multiple parts this may push the price up.  But don’t panic; the solution will be to have these parts sprued together or 3D printed inside an enclosure so they are treated as one part.

I have already done this with some of my products.  For example the EMD DD35, DT6-6-2000 and RT-624 all have their handrails 3D printed inside their shells as you can see with the DT6-6-2000 below.

So over the next few weeks I’m going to be revisiting all my products and ensuring they are all easy to order and cost-effective; plus a spring clean isn’t a bad idea!  This may mean my next few posts are a bit random but I will share with you what has changed as the products are updated.