A project to restore a historic steam locomotive leans on scanning and 3D printing, via 3ders.org:
One of the strengths of 3D printing is its ability to make the conservation and restoration of the ancient artifacts. Folks at jaggeree have been using emerging technology to help in the preservation/recording of a very special steam locomotive.
Winifred was an ordinary Steam locomotive built in 1885 for the Penrhyn Slate Quarry. For most of her 80 year working life, she worked at Port Penrhyn helping in the transfer of finished slates to be transported around the world. American businessman Tony Hulman bought her in 1965 but after two year’s display she was then placed in storage for over 40 years.
In 2012 thanks to the efforts of Julian Birley, and a promise to the Hulman estate that Winifred will be restored sensitively. Using a laser scanner and gigapixel photography Digital Surveys, who had a specialism in measuring, produced a accurate record of her geometry and condition.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has thrilled us at Adafruit with its passion and dedication to making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed that our community integrating electronics projects into 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you take considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless EL Wire and LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you have a cool project you’ve made that joins the traditions of 3D printing and electronics, be sure to send it in to be featured here!