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Just Because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD!

Long, long ago back in the days that the sun always would be shining and walking some place was always downhill … I had some O scale beer/soda bottles printed at Shapeways. This was in the Haycyon Days when having something printed at Shapeways did not require taking out a bank loan.

Recently Larry Knapp asked me if I still had these for sale. My quick answer was that while you could probably still have Shapeways print them they are darn expensive ($7.50 for 24 bottles for example)

So .. I printed off some .. tried for 100 .. perhaps 90 printed. What a pain. I spent an hour at least before I got the small amount I ended up with .. which is .. a bunch of little bottles with a little ‘tail’ from the supports … and it came to me that this is NOT the way to go with this. The bottles need to be on a small sprue that would allow you to paint them before cutting them off said sprue.

So many things to do .. so little time.

5 thoughts on “Just Because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD!

  1. Send me some and I’ll make some molds!

  2. They are $11 on Shapeways.

  3. Yeah .. $11 for the “Finest Detail Plastic” or whatever they call it now. Used to be FXD (Frosted Extreme Detail) .. the “Fine Detail Plastic” .. used to be FUD is a bit cheaper.

    I have a new trial print running .. put 12ea on a small sprue .. the idea that you leave them on the sprue until painted etc and then cut off when ready. See how that goes.

    1. I have cases from Bershire. Suppose to be soda’s in case. They suck!


      1. A while back I created cases to go with my O scale bottles. They came out pretty good .. only 12 bottle cases .. have some 24 bottle cases .. need to print those next

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