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CT Toy Train & Tracks

by CreativeTools Dec 24, 2015
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Great item, but here my suggestions to the designer:

First of all I should point out that this track, at the scale the files are given makes approx 1" wide track and the track will take a platform minimum 200mm in width. One could print the tracks diagonally on a smaler foot print but they fit perfect on the Anycubic I3 Mega, 2 curved and 2 straight (single color) at the same time and came out great with the exception of a tight mechanical fit of the wheels.

Make the wheel axle pegs a bit longer so that the weels can actually spin on them, this requires making the wheels ID also a bit larger, so they insert easier and without breaking the axle pegs, but this latter can be adjusted in the scale of the sliccer program by making the wheels 1.003% larger.

The pegs should have a bit wider slit so they give a bit easier when inserting the wheels. I took the axle base on a band saw and slit the axle pegs a bit wider and this helped insert the wheels easier, but they still did not spin. I don't think the wheeld were meant to spin, but would be a nice feature if they could.

Make Additional wagons to complete the train, 3 or 4 additional ones would make this set more complete.

I was actually going to design my own 3" wide working train track and train for under Xmas tree, when I started to research and I stumbled upon this item. I may still do my own, time permitting. Meanwhile, it would be great to see the suggestions implemented on this item. Or suply the actual CAD files so people can make improvements on them.

Hi, Mario!

Thanks for your detailed feedback! We highly appreciate this and will consider making an updated version of this train.

Hi Creative Tools, you are welcome and that sounds great!
One more thing I forgot to mention is the interlock feature, make it a bit wider so it has less risk of braking. I printed only two tracks but currently it is as a static display item using only the straight track and placed on a shelf. I just need to decorate it. It seemed easier to simply print in white and decorate with acrylics vs printing the pieces in colors, a matter of personal preference. I can also add swirls of gold paint and lettering, this way, to make it more festive looking ;) . I will post a photo when I am done. It is a cute train, everyone in my family has gone "awwwhhh that is so cute" . Thanks for taking the time to upload it.

My kids and I love this, but would love to see a version where the smokestack is reinforced a bit; they break off every time :-(

Which library did you use for the pin connectors?

Will you be expanding this to include additional cars that attach to the rear of the engine?

This should have been featured on Christmas