Laser Cutting In 3d Printing/Railwy Mode by Gledhill Bob
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 and well-illustrated 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 in detail the advantages and disadvantages of different types of machines and the materials they employ. He also shows how beginners can install and use 'Sketchup Make' a free CAD (Computer Aided Design) program from the Internet. With step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs 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.