Friday, 7 December 2012
Here are some of the suspension parts 3d printed ready to make silicone moulds from. These have been scaled up to allow for metal shrinkage in the casting process. I had these printed by 3dprintuk and I think they have come out very well. Turn around time was only a few days once the files were finalised. The only hitch came when the post office lost them. Still they found them in the end and the parts turned up ok a couple of days later. These were printed on an Objet machine using a printable photo polymer process. This in my opinion gives much better resolution and surface quality than some of the other technologies in common use.
I have decided to custom make the wheel sets for this as I like the idea of plenty of power combined with a fully enclosed gearbox. That means a modified motor and complete fabrication of the gearbox assembly.
This is what I have to date. The funny breaks are where the various sections on the bogie frame will be welded together. I intend to use a fair bit of lost wax casting on this project, hence casting in the weld prep where I want it.
Interestingly from my calculations so far, although this is drawn as a 3 motor set up, the 3rd motor adds no real benefit. If 2 motors can produce more power than can be put down onto the track then adding a 3rd actually reduces the tractive effort available to pull away. I have drawn it as a 3 motor setup mainly to confirm that if needed, a 3rd motor can be added. As it stands, the centre axle will probably be free wheeling and very lightly sprung so that the weight falls on the power producing axles at the end of the bogie.