Recently I've been busy working on a brand new practicum I call Using 3D Technology for Model Shipbuilding. This new practicum will cover 3D Printers and CNC Milling Machines.
It will go into great detail. It will start at the beginning. Why would you want to buy one of these machines? Which one(s) should you buy? How do you use them? These are major questions everyone will want to know, questions I will be answering in detail.
The first chapter explains how the basic technology of these machines works. In order to use the machines, I think it's extremely important to have an understand of how they work, what their limitations are, and when to use which machine for which parts you wish to produce. I go into detail about their differences and what questions you need to ask yourself when you need to decide which machine you want to purchase.
The second chapter will cover FDM 3D printers by explaining step by step how to use them. The third chapter will cover resin printers by explaining step by step how to use them. And the fourth chapter will cover CNC Mills and step by step instructions on how to use them.
The 5th chapter will explain and show where you can find 3D models on the internet that you can use or modify for use with these three machines. The 6th chapter will explain step by step, how to obtain free software to create your own 3D models and step by step, how to use that software to create your own 3D model using real world examples commonly found in all model ships including kits and scratch built models.
This will be a definitive guide to the use of this now common technology. These machines are very affordable costing far less money that so many kits that modelers commonly buy today. The investment in one of these machines can provide a tool that can produce parts of higher quality than their equivalent kit part.
A number of videos will be included with voice narration showing step by step how to create a 3D model using free CAD software available to everyone -- Fusion 360. I'll show how to turn the 3D model into G-Code by creating different types of milling processes. These videos will be something you can watch and also follow along to learn exactly how I turn an idea into an actual part. The only subject I won't be covering is sculpting carvings, but for any other kind of part, these videos will help you create your own parts for a kit, a scratchbuilt model, or simply for something fun.
Knowing how to use these technologies can prove to be invaluable in so many ways. I've even used 3D printing to print a star topper for our Christmas tree. I've modified my printers with upgrades using parts I printed on tje printer I upgraded.
Stay tuned and check my website frequently in January when I plan to release this new practicum. It might even be made available as a printed book that is spiral bound so that you can take it into the shop with you.