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Laser Cutting and 3-D Printing for Railway Modellers

By Bob Gledhill

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ISBN: 9781785002267
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 23/11/2016
PAGES: 208
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 437 colour photographs

Although most people have heard of laser-cut and 3-D printed model railway parts and kits, most modellers have little knowledge or experience of them. This fascinating book describes in non-technical language how these machines work and how railway modellers can use them to produce remarkable models for their layouts. With reference to the different modelling scales, the author discusses the advantages and disadvantages of different types of machines and materials they employ.

Bob Gledhill also shows how beginners can install and use 'Sketchup Make', a free CAD (Computer Aided Design) program from the Internet. The author takes the modeller through the early stages of using this program before providing many examples of how to design model railway related items such as laser-cut roofing tiles, palisade fencing, brickwork, and the detailed elements of station awning. In addition, he demonstrates how to create 3-D printed furniture, barrels, packing crates, guttering and down pipes, rivet heads, and a workman's hut.

The CAD skills learnt whilst following the clear instructions on how to draw these examples will enable modellers to design their own model railway parts, which can either be produced on their own machines or be sent away to be created by one of the many 'bureau' companies.

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" This book is a treasure-trove of useful advice and is totally recommended to anyone who has an interest in improving their modelling knowledge and skills in these areas of new technology. Hugh Gibb - Gauge O Guild. "
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Reviewed By: Gauge O Guild Gazette

" Bob Gledhill's book is both timely and useful, with clear images and pleasingly non-technical instructions that help to demystify what might otherwise be a fairly difficult subject. This book is a great place to start for anyone with any interest in exploring this side of the hobby. "
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Reviewed By: British Railway Modelling

" If you are looking at buying a laser cutter or 3D printer this book will give you a solid grounding in the basics. "
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Reviewed By: Engineering in Miniature

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