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Here you will find articles on things you may have wondered about but never got around to researching. I hope that they give inspiration and explanation.


The Lathe and The Mill...

The following articles are on the Seig C-1 Lathe and the Seig X-1 Milling Machine. I bought both of them in about 2003 and apart from replacing the primary drive gear on the X-1 Mill, which is "sacrificial" and initially more than a few 1A fuses, they have both served me well making all my parts and wheels, (up to 105mm). Although I now have the larger and more powerful Seig C2A to make steam locomotives with, as a "First Lathe" the C-1 series is pretty much unbeatable. On the net you will find CAM systems for the X-1 including belt drive conversions which enable quieter running and higher speeds. Unlike a fixed large machine both can be classed as "luggable" and sit on the kitchen table or worktop whilst in use.

3D Printing.

This has become quite common and in fact is something that I researched before coming to the conclusion -that with the high price and low number of things I would print with it I didn't need one! Most modern commercial kits are based on "Iteration 3 of the J.PRUSA design" or "i3PRUSA". A group of four of use once seriously contemplated buying one between us that would I feel have given the RepRap a suitable market for its use...

These are ideal for the production of several parts for models and can use either ABS plastic or PLA. The main use for them could be the production of casting masters.

The paragraph above was true when I wrote it some months ago. However the market has "crashed" and it is now possible to buy £350 machines for a little over £100...

The three articles below detail the construction of an i3Prusa RepRap kit, OpenSCAD which is the "Design Software", and CURA which is the "Production Software".

The production cycle for a RepRap system is:

A RepRap compatible machine, there are SEVERAL designs available. A design program that can produce STL files from the raw design, again there are several programs. A production program that takes the raw STL file and generates the GCODE file for the RepRap to use dependant on the choice of machine, material and user options...

I have documented the ones that have appealed to me and I have found very easy to build and use.

Now that you have some idea of what is possible -the next problem is what do I do first? The basic text files for OpenSCAD will have given you some primitives to work from. You should be able to assemble a station from them -just as I have. The station as printed is 1.8metres long and 50cm wide. The primitives are taken from LMS stations but given the time period... A short survey of the Art Deco style as mostly used by Southern and the Futurist style as adopted by the LNER will give you the working basics.

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