Class 43 : the cabin with details

Here it is: the cabin with all the details, including the lower valance panel borders. cabin

…already printed in two different resins

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Class 43 lower valance with FreeCAD

The basic lower valance is too prominent in the upper curved profile and too spiky in the lower part: a round cutout of the shape is needed. The right curve is created with an eight of an ellipsoid, placed and shaped with a fine tuning to match exactly the needed curve as well as the remaining parts of the basic shape.

The front part of the valance is then created extruding the side face of the ellipsoid, while the back side part of the basic valance is kept. With a little work of extrusion and boolean operations, the final lower valance full shape is there.

For the final cabin, an empty shape is needed, with a given thickness. It’s enough to clone (in green in the picture) the full shape, place it backwards and inwards of a distance equal to the needed thickness and cut it out from the original full shape.

Now the new top face of the lower valance must be extracted and used to make the upper cabin profile match the lower valance.

Class 43: once more

Time came to add the details to the class43 plain model. When trying to intersect one of the details with the lower valance, imported as stl object, the troubles came: FreeCAD doesn’t support stl proper handling and it was not really possible to do boolean operations between FreeCAD objects and and stl import. Perfectionist as I am, as well as my modelling partner is 😉 , I took the chance to re-think the cabin as a complete FreeCAD project. The basic shape is still created intersecting the extrusions of the three orthogonal profiles, this time created with Inkscape from the blueprint and imported directly into FreeCAD in  svg format.

The cabin is again split into two parts: the upper part and the lower valance.

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Class 43: the chassis

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The outline of the  chassis must match the open bottom line of the model. Being the model symmetrical with respect to the longitudinal axis, it’s enough to draw half of the outline, which is easily done by intersecting a plane with half of the locomotive model. For the cabin, only the lower valance is needed.chas_cut_plane

Once the section is available, some hand working with the “Draft” workbench is needed, chas_closbasically to downgrade the intersection object into lower level objects: first from a surface to a wire, then a wire into single edges. Once the edges are available, a wire closing the internal profile must be drawn, to be selected together with the the edges making the internal profile to be joined together again into a new “wire”object which will then be upgraded to a surface.

chas_ext_surfThis is the outer surface to be then extruded and cut through  for housing the engine and letting the bogies to be connected (the whole object being mirrored to have it complete).

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Class 43 : ready

The class 43 redesign is finished and ready for the 3D printer.

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It’s the right time to test the brand new printer at home, let’s print the cabin in white resin, with the highest precision available. Just started… it will take three hours, it will be ready after lunch 😉 .