Well my curiosity over 3D printing caused the usual amount of abuse and rude emails.
It’s pretty much the same when I mention anything on my posts – and it just goes to show how different people are.
Take the surveys for instance. Here’s the site I found on them.
Seemed like a good way to make some spending money to me, so I gave it a go. Yes, it’s very time consuming, and yes, I got plenty of mails saying lots of rude things too. But I’m not alone. Here’s a mail from Ian on them:
“Firstly, thanks for the modelling tips – they’re really helpful although I haven’t started my layout yet – just waiting to save enough money to make a start! I’ve got the engines, rolling stock and track, but nothing to put them on, so I haven’t come up with any ideas of my own yet.
Now to the matter of surveys. As a guide, last year I earned AU$700 doing this and I’m in the 60-69 bracket. Obviously, if I was younger, I’d probably earn a lot more because the survey content, quite often, is aimed at a younger age group or at people with different interests to mine.
But I hope this wont distract you too much from the primary objective of Model Railway information and tips.
And what about the woodworking site? Exactly the same. Some sent abuse – others were the complete oppostie. Here’s what Geoff said:
I found the woodworking guide helpful as my plans for a loft layout in the main part of my loft have now needed to be drastically altered – the space I had originally specified being unsuitable as my arms aren’t six feet long. Currently everything is on hold due to the current storm which has breached one of my upstairs windows so flood recovery is in progress . When I arrive at my plan using Any Rail I ‘ll put it on your site for constructive criticism.
And then there is my latest dalliance – 3d printing.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, imagine a printer that doesn’t eat paper, it eats plastic. And out the other end comes an actual model of your design.
Anyhow – same reaction.
I found a site that struck a chord. It’s here. Maybe it’s just me, but I loved the guy’s story of how his son couldn’t finish his lego model because a block was missing. So he printed one out.
Next thing you know, he’s made some Iphone covers for friends and family. Fast forward a month and he’s selling bucket loads.
And to me, it’s all about starting small and starting simple (that’s how this site started).
Take tunnel entrances for instance. Surely being able to print out a tunnel entrance of your design would be fun and satisfying?
But there’s a spanner in the works, and her name is Mrs Lee. Perhaps my good lady’s point of view is something you are familiar with?
“You want to start another blog on dogs. Now you want to start one on 3d printing too. And you’re short of time now with just one on railroads…”
I have to concede, she has a very good point.
But I’m determined to press on! I shall keep you all posted. Please do get in touch if you’ve ever printed out anything in 3D – I’d love to hear from you.
Until then, I’ll just stick to my boy’s print out scenery. He’s just added some wonderful new models, you can see them here.
And if they’re not for you, there’s always the latest ebay cheat sheet to bag a bargain with.
Rant over. Normal service resumed next time.