Our vehicle models, miniature figures and other highly detailed kits are printed using a MultiJet Modeling (MJM) process by DM-Toys in Germany and by Shapeways in the Netherlands and the US.
RAILNSCALE made by DM-Toys
Products manufactured by DM-Toys are printed in layers of 32 microns. The colour of the material is black. The printing process utilizes a waxy support material that is dissolved after printing is completed. In these models, there are absolutely no signs of support material visible, so the finest details are clearly visible. DM-Toys then cleans the models so that they can be painted directly by you. Cleaning gives the models a grayish shade. We recommend you to apply a primer before painting.
RAILNSCALE printed by Shapeways
The printing process of Shapeways is comparable to that of DM-Toys. With Shapeways printed parts you sometimes can choose two material options:
– Smooth Fine Detail Plastic (FUD) printed in layers of 29 microns
– Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic (FXD) printed in layers of 16 microns
Both materials are semi-transparent white. Both FUD and FXD utilize a waxy support material that is dissolved after printing is completed. The support material slightly changes the texture of the product. Because it isn’t applied to the entire product, you will see slight variability in texture over the surface of the model.
When you receive the model from Shapeways, you will notice there might still be some wax or oil on it. This is why you must clean the model before painting. Read our cleaning instructions on how you can easily do that. Once the models are clean they are white and not translucent anymore.
Other printing materials
Our larger kits and tools are printed by Shapeways in a nylon (polyamid) grotere modellen en tools worden geprint door Shapeways is a nylon (polyamide) and has a reasonable degree of detail. The material is strong and flexible. In some cases you can choose the following:
– White Natural Versatile Plastic (WSF)
– Black Natural Versatile Plastic (BSF)
The material is printed layer by layer with a laser that fuses together nylon powder. The average grain size is 56 micron. When you receive the model from Shapeways, you might find some nylon powder left inside hollow cavities of the model. You can simply blow or brush the fine powder out. Then it is ready for usage or painting.
Full Color Sandstone (FCS)
FCS is created by printing binder material and coloured ink layer-by-layer into a bed of gypsum-based powder. After printing, the models are finished with a cyanoacrylate (super glue) sealant to ensure durability and vivid colors. The final product is a hard, brittle material with a reasonable degree of detail. Due to material limitations FCS is not suitable for small and fragile kits.
FCS should be handled carefully, and not exposed to water as it will cause fading.