ALD Design & Print

Company

Director Alistair Lofthouse of ALD Design & Print is always striving to be at the forefront of technology, from traditional printing to cutting edge 3D printing. Alistair’s company offers a series of 3D printed locomotive kits for the avid locomotive enthusiast to build and enjoy.

Industry

Design / Engineering (3D Printed Components)

Challenge

Alistair previously used the Ultimaker 2+ for the creation of his unique superb quality locomotive model kits. Using the latest 3D printing technology and his own CAD Design he can produce these models in a variety of sizes: N, OO, O and Gauge 1. He is currently working on producing a 5 inch gauge version which will be incorporating a Maxitrack ready to run chassis.

Because of the tiny size of some of the prototypes, the intention is to include a 3D printed steel chassis to provide plenty of essential weight and ensure the model can shunt wagons as well as the real thing. ALD Print is working on the popular Ruston 48DS in 7mm scale.

Solution

An upgrade to the Ultimaker S3 delivers high-quality, composite-ready performance‚ all efficiently from your desktop. Packed with the latest technology, it is as easy to use as it is powerful. The Ultimaker S3 is the only printer you need for professional, multi-material prints.

“The upgrade to the S3 from the 2+ has been a great improvement for us. In my opinion it’s the difference between a hobbyist machine to a professional production machine.” Director Alistair Lofthouse

Results

The Ultimaker S3 delivers excellent print quality and reliable dual extrusion printing.

‘ALD Design & Print’ found the quality of the 3D printing to be simply outstanding and a solid testament to the Ultimaker S3 and design software that Alistair is using. It certainly gives impetus to the model makers out there who have been searching for a way of recreating their favourite vehicles in miniature.

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About Ultimaker

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