Testing the new equipment – A train track for the kids

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

CAM: MeshCAM

3D Printer: XYZPrinting Davinci 1.0

CNC: Shapeoko 2 from Inventables

 

Shapeoko 2
Shapeoko 2
001
The prototype
Getting Started
Getting Started
Looking good... crossing my fingers at this point..
Looking good… crossing my fingers at this point..
Gotta keep it clean
Gotta keep it clean
It looks good, but is it the right size?
It looks good, but is it the right size?
Is After Hours an electronics company or toy business?
Is After Hours an electronics company or toy business?
Sweet Success!! Definitely better then a Dremel.
Sweet Success!! Definitely better then a Dremel.

 

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