The test prints of the parts modeled in Modo turned out pretty good, I need to dial the printer in again as it's been sitting for a while. These print were done on a medium setting and looks better in person, sorry about the bad photo.
It's been a couple of weeks since I announced that the Foundry was supporting. I've been spending my evenings learning Modo and I'm starting to get the hang of it. I don't have much to show at the moment, just rebuilt pieces, next step is to test print them. If that goes well I will be moving on with the main build and hope to have some files up on Thingiverse soon.
The model of YVR (the Vancouver airport) has been on hold for a couple of days, but for good reason.
I started the model in Tinkercad, which I love using as it great for quick models but it didn't take long for me to realize that it couldn't handle the scale or complexity that I require.
I now have the opportunity to move my model over to Modo thanks to the support from the kind people at Foundry.
For the next week of evenings, I'm tasking myself in getting up to speed with the model tools set (while still printing R2D2 in the background)
Now I have the printer dialed in with the 0.2 mm nozzle I can print while I model. As you can see I'm blocking things out and adding detail when I feel it's a safe time to do so. What you can't see is the struts on the inside that will add strength, make the gluing clean and keep the angles correct.
I did a short live stream of the print on FaceBook which you can see here , the print was of one side and took just under 2 hours. The fine nozzle adds time as well as details. https://www.facebook.com/bungeecow/videos/2019399461624564/
Here it is with a 1:400 scale China Airlines Boeing 747.
Another picture with the 1:400 scale China Airlines Boeing 747.
I've been modeling away at the correct scale and things were going well when I thought that I should do a test print before I go too far. I'm glad I did.
The panel on the left is modeled to the correct scale but with the window bars a little bigger than they should be, the image on the right has the window bars twice the thickness. the problem is they are both too small to print with a 0.4 mm nozzle.
Above are 2 screenshots from simplify3d which I use to control my printers. They are both of the panel with the thicker bars but sliced using different size nozzles, one at 0.4 mm and one at 0.2 mm. As you can see the 0.2 may work, but I don't have any so things are on hold until I get some.
Later I will post how I took an image from Google maps and converted it into a model to build around.
I have a friend who is obsessed with planes, he hangs out at the end of runways taking pictures of them landing. He has an app so when he is out and about and a plane flies overhead he can figure out what it is and where it's going to or coming from, and he collects 1:400 scale diecast model planes.
These model planes sit in boxes on shelves and he really wants to put them on display, you can see where this is going right?
Yep, he has bullied me into building him a 1:400 scale model of Vancouver Airport (YVR).
So how am I going to do this? Well this is my plan: