Design for 3D Printing

The advent of cheaply available 3D printers in the home and the growing number of bureaux offering 3D printing services has meant that in recent years more and more modellers are adding 3D printing to their toolbox of modelling techniques. Many start by buying 3D printed components or downloading freely available 3D designs, however to really benefit from the technology you need to design your own models or components for printing. 3D printing not only gives the option to design complete models, but also those difficult to get detailing components to add to ready to run items or to augment traditionally produced models. You can also print jigs and guides to help you when building using more traditional modelling methods. 

In this course you will be tutored on one of the best tools for creating your own 3D models, Fusion 360 from Autodesk. This is a professional drawing tool but available free of charge for personal use. Your tutor for this course is Justin Newitt of Rumney Models. Justin will take you through the principles of Fusion 360 and assist you to create a 3D model that you can either print on your own machine or send to a printing bureau. At first sight a 3D drawing package can seem daunting to use, but Justin will use his years of experience with the package to guide you through the things you need to know and to help you avoid the pitfalls for the unwary.

The only way to truly learn a tool like Fusion 360 is by using it, therefore the course takes a very hands-on approach to teaching you the ways you can use the tool to create those items you need to enhance your modelling. You may not go home with a physical model in your hands, but you will have the tools to create your own designs to print by the end of the weekend.

The course will also include a discussion of the different types of 3D printing, their relevance to railway modelling and how to design specifically for them. It will also look at various techniques involved with producing 3D prints at home, including the process of slicing, what it does, why it is necessary and how the likes of supports, rafts and other printing controls can effect your final print.