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    Ok fellas, I'm racking my brain, maybe someone has done this already? I have a beautiful '61 Pontiac Ventura model on my desk that has not been built. I would love to have it as a 1/32 slot car body to base a build off of. Anyone know a way to 3D scan that body, and shrink it down to 1/32 scale and potentially print it out at Shapeways for example?

    I've been looking at free Photogrammetry options which looks amazing at stitching together many photos to create a part file that can be 3D printed , but I don't think that will give me the "shell" of the body I am looking for. I just keep thinking about all the 1/24 - 1/25 scale body options that would be great in the 1/32 hobby.

  • #2
    Here's a thread on the old HRW Forum that may be of interest.

    3D Scanners
    Steve - Connecticut, USA - Team HRW

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    • #3
      Thank you for the link. We actually have an old NextEngine 3D scanner at work. Not sure what shape it's in, I'll have to look into that.

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      • #4
        I'd love to have models and diecast stuff replicated in 1/32 scale for 3D printing too. But, to get there we're hoping someone with the education and expertise to do it will do all the work and then make it push button easy in a free app. I get why that's a cool idea to us, but can't see how it benefits those whose intellectual property would make it possible.

        I was looking at some 1/32 scale diecast cars from the Fast and Furious movies last night and would love to get the '70 Roadrunner and transform it into a plastic body I could build a slot car out of. But someone invested 100's of hours of work and a lot of money to create a product they can make a profit from selling, even at the low price of $14 each. If I could recreate that for next to nothing except the price of filament, what does that do to their business model?

        This is all apt to happen in time, but somehow the intellectual property of the creators has to be compensated. Digital music changed the music industry and how musicians get paid. No one buys music anymore like when I rushed to the store to buy the newly released Woodstock album. Just like my grandson doesn't care how the music gets to his earbuds, perhaps a service will evolve that takes care of scanning and printing and all I'll have to do is subscribe and request. For a fee that compensates creators and makers, I'll get a '70 Roadrunner that's been made with top notch software and tooling delivered to my door.

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        • #5
          Well, I hooked up the NextEngine 3D scanner, went to download the software and need email and password login (which I am sure is long gone from anyone that would know around here) emailing their support to see if there is way I can download the software, fingers crossed.

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          • #6
            Well.....
            if it's a quest and learning experience, then please share your experience. I envy those with the skills to do this.
            If you just want a 70s Roadrunner the stl files are out there and you can tweak it if you like.
            Come Race at The Trace!
            Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chappyman66 View Post
              Well.....
              if it's a quest and learning experience, then please share your experience. I envy those with the skills to do this.
              If you just want a 70s Roadrunner the stl files are out there and you can tweak it if you like.
              Chappy,
              If I can't get it to go I doubt I will pursue much farther. I have been trying to find a local service that would be willing to scan and 3D print, but no one ever gets back to me. The 3D printing does interest me a lot, and I have budgeted for an Endler this Spring. There is a gentleman (member here) just down the road from me who has one as well, hope to get a look at it in the near future.

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              • #8
                Well, I was able to download the NextEngine 3D Software and I have the login info. With the earlier version software there is a blue light that illuminates and I can hear something calibrating inside the device. But unfortunately nothing else is working, "SCAN" button remains grayed out and unable to use. On the latest software version I can't get it to open, so an email to NextEngine will be the next step.

                Also, I discovered my local library has not 1, but 2 3D printers available for use! My tax dollars hard at work, going to be looking into that soon!

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                • #9
                  I am in the process of upgrading my printers and also building what is called the Fabscan 3D printer. Runs off of a Raspberry Pi. Goggle Fabscan to get more info. Looks pretty good for a low cost hobby scanner. We will see!
                  Regards - Alan
                  Last edited by Alan132; November 16, 2019, 03:01 PM. Reason: Spelling error

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                  • #10
                    Hey Alan, when you are ready, I have some test parts to try scanning.....
                    Come Race at The Trace!
                    Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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                    • #11
                      Great!!!

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                      • #12
                        Has anyone looked into the Qlone scanning app. You have to have a device (phone or tablet) with ARCore capability. It looks pretty interesting.

                        What I want to do is create a 3d file of the Qlone scan then use the file with an SLA UV Resin printer, Chiti Box slicing software, and some specialty clear UV curable styrene monomer resin to create hollow clear 3d prints. That way one could mask the windows and paint the bodies, just like the old vac body days.

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                        • #13
                          Just received an update regarding the software for the scanner I am building. New version out. Hopefully I will be able to get it all together in the next few days and see how well it will work. Hoping it does the trick and will allow me to scan many things not available in certain scales.

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                          • #14
                            Awesome, keep us posted

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                            • #15
                              What I do is take the 1/24 scale and rescale it at 83% and that will give you 1/32 scale
                              Chris Rhynold

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