It's been a few weeks since I have had anything to share related to my 3d printing project. I was able to complete a couple new designs, and am in the process of painting and finishing some models that I have on the work bench. Shapeways has been a great service, and I like the quality of work that they do. However, they have recently become more fussy with their order review/approval process, and I have seen a few orders get rejected as a result. Usually a couple minor tweaks to the drawing is all that is required to satisfy their approval process. What is frustrating is that I will get a successful print or more, and then have subsequent orders get rejected. It's all part of the growing pains, and I am learning to draw my models and create my files to avoid this inconsistency from Shapeways. Their online forum has a lot of chatter regarding this issue, so I am not alone.
For those of you that have ordered my designs, I want to first say thank you for supporting this endeavor. Secondly, please send me feedback and photos of your finished models. I would enjoy posting some photos here on my blog.
Ok, so back to the updates. I have a Peterbilt tractor frame now, which fits my existing cab. I have plans for different sleeper sizes for this as well, but just need time to design them. For now I have a nice day cab for local hauling. The frame is stretched, since I like the look, however, I have a shorter frame as well for construction jobs. I am a fan of straight pipes, so you will likely see few mufflers on my models. Here is a completed tractor on the front of my Wilson grain trailer.