A Simple Little Coal Door

Years ago coal was delivered to many homes and businesses. A lot of times there was a metal door the coal delivery company would open and pour the coal through. Well, I was on facebook and someone asked in a model railroading group if anyone made a coal door as a detail part. I asked him what they looked like and what size they were, and not too much longer my Anycubic Photon was churning out the part.

Picture of the coal door requested

HO Scale coal door

It’s about 2 foot by 3 foot.

It wasn’t a complicated model. I designed it in sketchup, then scaled it, and sliced it in chitubox. A sped up screensave of the design process can be found on youtube.


The coal door can be downloaded from thingiverse


The Beginning, Software and a Trash Dumpster (#3)

I have found several software programs that I use to develop my models, but all my models start in Sketchup.  Teaching someone to use Sketchup has already been done many times, and there is  a thriving online community using the product.

There are Youtube videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsHRGDvN4sM and if you do an online search you’ll find MANY others.  There are written tutorials at http://designerhacks.com/sketchup-tutorials/ and Sketchup has online instruction at http://www.sketchup.com/learn. Continue reading “The Beginning, Software and a Trash Dumpster (#3)”