Re: (topic was Frank) New topic - progress is being made
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Let Frank weigh in on the crowd funding idea for a 3-D printer ... no sense speculating, or setting parameters.
I don't know Frank other than the e-mails we have exchanged and the posts on the Groups.io site, but I have sensed that his family or business or both are requiring larger amounts of his time ... and both are reasonable priorities in anyone's life.
Do not despair at the additional work now required of us ... Frank created an amazing product that all of us on this site desire. Frank also provided his intellectual property in the form of 3-D electronic files ... when's the last time IBM, GE, Microsoft, Apple, etc did that ? The beauty of having these files is we can modify to create never before available couplers ... let your imagination wander ... this can be fun if you let it.
Short of someone coming forth to purchase Frank's coupler business, we have to set our minds on what we desire and how to achieve that within our means.
I'm not making any promises today, and I'm not offering another's time without their permission ... so please be patient, and I'll let everyone interested know exactly what I've been up to. Model railroading is a community, and it's amazing how often strangers become friends and mentors. True networking is often mistaken for chance ... but I do not believe in chance.
I've attached the first samples of 3-D printed parts from Frank's S scale coupler files ... there is hope.
I have a day job, and a family ... I typically check e-mail once a day (after work on week days, and morning on weekends), so please be patient if you post or send me an e-mail. In this microwave society I understand that self governance and control are in short supply ... I have no malice relative to my modeling, and my only agenda is to figure out how to obtain the needed parts for my modeling in the environment which we find ourselves ... so please, do not create a narrative in your mind and type for all to consume ... way too much of that in this day and age.
Have a great day ... more to follow.
On Sunday, April 28, 2019, 7:14:31 AM CDT, Todd Fisher <tftrainman1@...> wrote:
Nathan I would definitely be on board with helping to pay for new molds if it meant getting to at least keep the long shanks going. I understand the others have to be done investment cast due to the higher detail on them and would love to see them back as well but Id be satisfied with some long shanks as a very large majority of what I still need to convert are cushioning cars and long cars.
On Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 4:30 AM Tim L <tim@...> wrote: