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#32936
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
Yes Harneloot,

I also am waiting for the 3d solid printers to come down in price so I can add to teh floor of my df. It takes in little plastic BBs and with a 3d cad drawing renders the drawing to scale in 3d by building 1 level at a time. Really cool technology. Used today in large construction firms. 1 hour for a diarama instead of a week.

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#32937
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
pfworks, Harneloot, Shadox,

There IS an alternative already available, but it takes a little more work and a LOT more noise.
Sears sells a CNC router. It's @ $1800, you install the design software on your PC and design there, then download the design onto a PC Card. Plug the PC card into the router and mount the bit you want, then put the material in the machine, CLOSE THE COVER, put your Mickey Mouse ears on, turn it on, go in the next room, strap your pillow over your head for the next hour or two until the NOISE STOPS! and then go get the workpiece out. OR change the bit for the next operation, etc. This continues until the workpiece is completed.
Did I mention that it's rather NOISY?
I'm sorry, I couldn't HEAR you, WHAT DID YOU SAY?

All kidding aside, my brother-in-law has one, and he says it works quite well on both wood AND resin, but - did I mention it's very NOISY? Anyway, you could lay out several different floor designs in wood or resin as masters on one piece, cut them on this monster - it's about the same size as an HP LaserJet 4100 printer - and then set up to pour a rubber mold to make all you wanted. Pour, demold, paint, and GO! Small-scale production that, IF you can match the quality of DF, will turn a nice profit. I know crioux and yansolo can produce that level of quality - I HAVE stuff from yansolo, and if crioux' goodies are even CLOSE to what his pictures look like, he's got it NAILED! I haven't gotten anything from bombanat, but I've heard good things about him, too.
Anyone ELSE out there looking for an easier way to get in the game? This may be the way to do it. I know I can't sculpt, but if I could draw on the PC, I could do some major-league work with this thing.

Hmmm...
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#32939
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Wow....i had no idea....pretty darn cool!!!!
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#32940
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
pfworks, Harneloot, Shadox,

There IS an alternative already available, but it takes a little more work and a LOT more noise.
Sears sells a CNC router. It's @ $1800, you install the design software on your PC and design there, then download the design onto a PC Card. Plug the PC card into the router and mount the bit you want, then put the material in the machine, CLOSE THE COVER, put your Mickey Mouse ears on, turn it on, go in the next room, strap your pillow over your head for the next hour or two until the NOISE STOPS! and then go get the workpiece out. OR change the bit for the next operation, etc. This continues until the workpiece is completed.
Did I mention that it's rather NOISY?
I'm sorry, I couldn't HEAR you, WHAT DID YOU SAY?



Hmmm...

Hmm... In a statement which drives my girlfriend crazy, I'm way more comfortable in the kitchen section of Sears than the tool section... I think I'll wait for a nice, 3d printer which also colorizes my item as well. 8-)
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#32941
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
www.zcorp.com/Products/3D-Printers/138/spage.aspx
'S'cuse me, I have to crawl in the corner and cry now.

DAYUM, but that looks like, AWESOME!!

I just may have to go spend my inheritance, AND my kids' inheritance!
Sandy's going to KILL me, she wanted a new refrigerator for Tax Refund season, and we need a new server, too.
Oh, well; so much for the printer toy.
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#32942
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
Jim

I'm late to this thread - and I'm offended now - you don't mention my mining tiles despite me still waiting for some tracks from you. (Moderator - I think Jim knows how I mean it - I hope a little bit teasing him is still okay here).

Well - actually I started my own Mine tiles Christmas 2007 - and got as far as some prototypes. There are somewhere some photos from early versions. I have to admit - then a few bits went horribly wrong when I tried to save on rubber and tried out some new reuseable one. You head it up - melt it - and can use it multiple times.

Well - I don't have good equipment to melt 1 Kg of rubber with a melting point of 220 degree (I'm talking Celsius - not Fahrenheit here). The second issue - the rubber reacted with my paint - especially the metal one I used on my prototype for the rails ... and the molds therefore are a little bit 'worn out'. Well - the pieces are still okay but I never went into any production with them.

Lately I now finally bought some Hornby flexible rails (yes Jim - feel badly - you promised to send me some ...) and I did a quick test - yes - I can bend them enough even for a 90 degree turn on a 4*4 inch tile.

Next steps:
The model building shop also had single rail axes with wheels (do you call them that for a railway?). I did build an ore cart - but I might go back to the design as my attempt to use Lego wheels didn't really work as good as I hoped.

Would you be able to electrify these tiles - I guess yes. Connections might be fiddly - but I assume that can be done.

Would you be able to run a normal train on these. I'm pretty sure the answer is NO. I have an inner radius on approx 3 1/2 cm. Not sure how you measure the radius - inner, outer or middle one - but a normal train has it's axes too far apart to be able to run that tiny a radius.

I guess the model shop owner will be horrified when I show him how I misused his track.

Could you build an ore cart that runs on these. I'm pretty confident it is possible in principle. In worst case - one of the axes needs to be rotatable.

Could you add a motor to such an ore cart. My guess is - why not - if it is small enough. I will start with a non electrified version first.

Can you build a junction? Currently I wouldn't know how and it seems too complicated. That might be beyond my skills.

Can you buy these anywhere ??

My son is still too young to go into production - and I have lately started painting again (blame Otherworld for it) and done less scratch work. As a father with a job there is only limited time I have for these kind of jobs. But in the past I always created a few more.

And - yes - I even have freestanding walls. They are another issue (they got lose during the process to make the mold - and I either need to spend a lot of time now to fix the walls and take off some material which shouldn't be there - or I need to get another 5 kg of proper rubber and need to recast all my molds to get proper ones.

Some day ...

Oops - I produce in the UK - and if my son gets involved it might even be kids labour (yes - he was PROUD of his first 20 pounds earned on e-bay several month ago - he was seven then). So take your pick - DF from China, get your stuff from Canada - or go for the UK - Thod's productions.

My own advice - I still buy everything from DF - if I can. While I now cast in resin and even add some felt below - my own production is still inferior to all what Dwarven Forge offers. The only advantage I have - yes - I'm able to do what I like and don't have to wait for DF to come out with it. So yes - I can have some unique pieces.

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#32943
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
I remember those tiles with the rail-track laid down. Those prototypes were excellent - head and shoulders above "other mining tiles" you might pick up from somewhere....
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#32944
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
Jim

I'm late to this thread - and I'm offended now - you don't mention my mining tiles despite me still waiting for some tracks from you. (Moderator - I think Jim knows how I mean it - I hope a little bit teasing him is still okay here).

{SNIP}
Thod

OUCH!

Sorry, Thod.
Do I actually OWE you some track, or were you pulling my leg and it fell off in your hands? If I DO, I forgot; If I DON'T, you've now officially BlOWN your chance to get some free N-scale track from me!
Nyah-nyah!

(moderator: Thod & I have been trying to get each other's goat for @ a year now, and I think one of us just won. We'll have to leave it to the rest of the lurker readers to decide WHO, because I DON'T KNOW, and I am not about to try to figure it out!) :P :P
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#32945
Replies from Dwarven-Mine Floor tile E-bay seller 5 Years, 5 Months ago  
Jim

The way I remember it you dangled the possibility of some tracks in front of me like a carrot - but I don't think I was ever convinced they would arrive or that it even made sense to ship them as getting them local is probably as expensive as shipping them.

So do you owe me - morally speaking YES, YES, YES - in regard to real tracks - don't mind :rolleyes:

But what you still owe me big time is encouragement, comments, feedback, bad jokes. You know - I need all of these for motivation to get things done. I can;t do without you here :O

So yes - I got back on track (not only figurateivly speaking) without you. Now provide the push to keep me moving and I will show some pictures in the (near?) future.

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#32946
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Thod -

Now that I think about it, you'll do better with Z-scale track, a la Marklin Mini-Club train scale (1:220); looking at the size of miniatures feet and the size of rail cars in Z-scale, they would make excellent ore cars for a dwarven mine in the Cavern set - and with a little help, a Z-scale Diesel or electric loco could be fitted under a custom made shell for a mine donkey engine in the correct scale for 25mm scale mining equipment. Which means, with a little work, you could actually put a mine - a WORKING mine! - in a Dwarven Forge Cavern, for a D&D or other game.
Now I'm getting hot. Ooooh! See ya!
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#32947
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This seems like a good time to express my desire for a DF Dwarven Mine with track and working electric cars. It is my DREAM!
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