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    • October 12, 2018 8:29 AM EDT
    • Dick Friedman said:

      I have 3D printed windows and doors to be placed in wooden structures.  Also windows and doors to replace lost/broken ones in conventional plastic buildings and (very thin) ones to use on building fronts.I just tried to upload a photo, but got this Error Code: 785312."  I resized the photo down to 45KB, should have fitted.

      Dick

      Put the file location in the post and I can post it for you.

       

       

       

    • October 10, 2018 10:48 PM EDT
    • I have 3D printed windows and doors to be placed in wooden structures.  Also windows and doors to replace lost/broken ones in conventional plastic buildings and (very thin) ones to use on building fronts.I just tried to upload a photo, but got this Error Code: 785312."  I resized the photo down to 45KB, should have fitted.

       

    • October 5, 2018 8:16 AM EDT
    • I have some structures that were made that way.  They started as 1/2" thick slabs made of cedar.  Very solid way to build and they have enough weight I'm not worried about the wind relocating them.   All of the siding and roof ribs are cut into the slab on a table saw.

       

       

    • October 5, 2018 12:43 AM EDT
    • I am considering gluing up some solid solid wood slabs 3/8" to ½" thick and wide enough to become a wall or end of a structure. Then shaping them with a dado blade to create a shiplap or board & batten pattern on one side. Then 3D printing the doors and windows. Roof would be conventional tar paper/ sandpaper, corrugated soda cans, or if I have the patience, Shingles. The structures would be treated for weather, painted, but still kept inside when not running. While this is new to me, I’m sure it has already been discussed and even tried.  Any thoughts? 

      Bill

    • October 11, 2018 4:18 PM EDT
    • Martin,

      I use Slic3r. I have a Prusa i3 MK3 printer and Prusa supplies their own tailored edition for their printers. You can download the original at  http://slic3r.org/ 

    • October 11, 2018 3:30 PM EDT
    • Good advice, thanks, didn't know that. For now I'll just practice as all I have is one roll of white PLA.  I just got the printer put together last night, I have not tested it out yet except to test home it and move the axis around a bit.  It seems to be well made, all aluminum and everything went together perfectly.  Looking forward to getting up to speed on it.  I've been trying out the slicing software, I downloaded Cura, it seems pretty easy.  What do you use?

    • October 11, 2018 2:06 PM EDT
    • Jim and Martin

      Be sure if you print this you use PETG or ABS filament. PLA does not do well in the sun. It softens.

      I needed some paint on mine before putting it in service. Here it is out on the RR...

    • October 10, 2018 9:17 PM EDT
    • Awesome. Just finished putting together my birthday present, a Creality Ender 3 pro 3D printer.  Perfect timing.

    • October 10, 2018 8:02 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Joe: I'm interested in that ore car. I tried searching at the thingiverse and struck out. Do you have a direct link to the plans for that? Thanks!

      Jim,

      I actually used two Thingiverse file sets. You take a look and decide for yourself which pieces you prefer.

      https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:280589 and https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1945935

    • October 10, 2018 7:56 PM EDT
    • Joe: I'm interested in that ore car. I tried searching at the thingiverse and struck out. Do you have a direct link to the plans for that? Thanks!

    • October 10, 2018 7:48 PM EDT
    • I recently decided to try 3-D printing. I bought a Prusa i3 MK3 kit. My wife has been printing up a storm. I have been printing things for my RR, naturally. I just finished this print of a tipper ore car. I added Bachmann metal wheels since I do not run plastic wheels on the HDRR. They add some weight to it and a lower center of gravity. I will probably do some painting on it. The files are available on line at Thingiverse,com.

    • October 7, 2018 11:44 PM EDT
    • Hi friends! I finally have a chance to report in.

       

      Last Thursday night was the lecture for the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, in an ongoing lecture series held each month at the Gold Hill Hotel in Gold Hill, NV. A few more chairs were brought out, but only about 18 people came. Which was totally fine with me! Here's the setting (the hotel is 150 years old, the oldest in NV).

       

       

      I learned that laser pointers don't work with flat screen TV's... But they seemed to enjoy the talk. All Comstock history buffs, including the gentleman who currently owns the H&N property (more specifically, the claims related to the H&N, and many others on the Comstock).

       

      Friday I drove over Carson Pass to CA, and have been with family since. I'll go back to NV on Thursday for the V&T conference, and deliver a reduced version of the presentation (40mins vs. 75 in GH) next Saturday morning.

       

      If you'd like a pdf of the (longer) presentation, PM me and I'll send you the link. 

       

      John, I haven't gotten a bag of tailings yet, we'll see... 

       

      BTW, here's a couple of pics from the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in Arnold CA. Small museum and outdoor collection, but well presented. The indoor exhibits are nicely done.

       

       

       

      ===>Cliffy

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • October 6, 2018 5:48 PM EDT
    • Until you report in mission accomplished I have to ask: Dig you bag some tailings?

       

    • October 4, 2018 5:13 PM EDT
    • Well, crud.  I'm at least a day behind...

      Plus, I was NEVER invited to the "discussion".   Probably for a good reason - Cliff probably doesn't want any hecklers...or even fan boys.    Well done Cliff.

    • October 4, 2018 10:28 AM EDT
    • Did you provide ample time in your lecture for the discussion of proper venting of the structure?      Just kidding you buddy, good luck and have fun!

    • October 4, 2018 10:05 AM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Good lock Cliff. You'll do great. Above picture has me asking the nature of the train in the back ground, but it's not part of your present endeavor

      Thanks Dave!

      Yeah, that's the Virginia City yard of the V&T RR, it runs tourists between VC and Gold Hill. They were running their diesel train yesterday, and the tracks run right next to where I was messing around. 

       

    • October 4, 2018 8:35 AM EDT
    • Good lock Cliff. You'll do great. Above picture has me asking the nature of the train in the back ground, but it's not part of your present endeavor

    • October 4, 2018 12:28 AM EDT
    • Thanks, my friends! I sure appreciate your encouragement!

       

      I did about 3 hours of rehearsal / editing last evening, and am feeling better about all the prep. 

       

      Today was my exploration day, visiting the site (now with proper permission), taking pics, getting dirty, etc. My friends in Nevada had been there last February and April, but it was great to see the little bin and shed remains for myself, and also those of the tramway trestle -- which are original Comstock structures. Really neat.

       

       

      Also had a good chat this evening with the owner of the Combination Shaft, that huge landmark mine on the other side of the valley from Virginia City. 

       

      Doing final lecture editing this evening, slightly tweaking the text and my brain based on my observations this morning. But just like last year, I saw more important stuff, but can only bite my tongue, photo-doc it, and punt till a later time. And keep focused on this program. 

       

      Tomorrow is the big day... probably do a museum, change hotels, final rehearsal, and then the lecture at 7:00 pm. 

       

      Yee haw!

    • October 3, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
    • So, how did it go?  Are they ready to erect a statue?  Or, is someone preparing a rail? 

      Either way, it’s one of the coolest projects ever!

    • October 3, 2018 7:18 AM EDT
    •      Image result for crossed fingers smiley Good luck...