After Hours now has 3D printing and CNC machining capability for all the custom electronic fixtures and enclosure work that’s done (better then a file and a Dremel!!) Well, of course the new
toys tools needed to be put to the test. The kids have a wooden train set that had an important wye track missing and Ebay failed us on a replacement. What better opportunity? We started with a 3D printed prototype to get the “customer’s” approval before finalizing the design in wood. Good thing we had that design review because we needed a male coupling where a female coupling was.
One more thing, it’s a good idea to make sure when you export your g-code that you choose the right machine (MeshCAM has a selection of machines the g-code export is tailored to). I didn’t on the first couple attempts and ended up with a mill cutting right through the middle of the almost finished track. The final version in the picture is attempt # 3.
For those who care:
CAD work: Punch ViaCAD 2D3D v9
3D Printer: XYZPrinting Davinci 1.0