The printer running, printing four HO wood barrels, two closed, two open.
Here is what they look like sitting on the printer bed. I have previously blogged about both wood and steel barrels using the premium ABS at this link, barrels-wood-and-steel-ho-s-and-o-scale
They pop off the raft support material.
One of the cool things about the Wood infused PLA is that it is stainable. I stained the middle ones, the one on the left with shoe polish, and the right one with alcohol and india ink.
Desks and chair
PLA is, in my opinion, at stringy material, and, because of that, it take a little more cleanup that ABS. The desks are not front of the scene material, but certainly, for the few pennies they cost, they will work in most situations.
What I am showing in this, and the previous picture, is the progression in adjustments made to get a better print. The one on the right was printed laying on its back, with no support, and came out the cleanest.
Chairs were even more problematic, as this was the only chair that came out reasonable. Not great, but not bad for the cost.
Making stacks of lumber is time consuming and takes a lot of strip wood. With the printer, I can make reasonable representations. Once the stack is designed, I can have them printing while I am doing something else.
As I recall, these are HO scale 4x12's. In this extreme close up, you can see the layering and the rounding.
In a more normal view, these 6x6;s look fine. It will be a good way to fill the lumberyard and make lumber loads.
There are times when you can use the layering to your advantage, and I thought I might be able to make some plywood stacks. I set the layers thicker than I normally do, and I like the way they came out.Boxcar floor
Although the car is not done yet, HOn30 by the way, I did print a wood PLA floor.
The walls, door and underframe were also 3D printed, but in ABS. The floor required not trimming. Items this size, really hold the tolerances well, whereas, once you get around .02-.03" it is not so good.
This stake bed for the 1941-45 Chevy from CMW was all 3D printed. The outer frame in ABS, and then a wood PLA insert. The tolerances are excellent, as the wood just snapped right in place. It would have been easy to use wood strips, but
it would have been a real pain to cut and notch all the strip wood for this model!
With 3D printing, I just drew the wood part on top of the frame I designed, and it fits perfectly.
Here is a view the frame without the wood, and also, a stake bed frame and wood PLA on a White Super Power tractor from CMW. The wood deck, in this case, has been stained.
I am working on a post using Stainless Steel and Iron infused PLA. I just have not found that many items that I wanted to print in these metals.