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Bob Martin
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Work in progress of Nakagin Capsule tower.  I’m about 5 days in from design in Fusion 360 to 3D printing to assembly. There are 140 individual capsules that need attaching (about 150 individual pieces in total). The base and tower 1 are complete (still have to make and add the windows from vinyl material).  I’m not sure to what extent I’ll weather it once it’s completed.

 

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I think I posted this in the wrong thread. Moderator feel free to move it.

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cteno4

Bob,

 

excellent work, kudos! Great use of 3D printing. Deserved it’s own thread!

 

ive long dreamed of building the capsule tower. I messed with milling capsules from wood and then drilling a hole thru the center to do the window and core connection.

 

you need to sell these!

 

cheers,

 

jeff

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Madsing

Really nice. I think that it will look much better than the real one!

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ED75-775

Why is there not a 'Wow!' button for these posts?

 

Welcome aboard Bob, and brilliant work on the Nakagin towers. Did you decide to make this before or after they announced the demolition of the original? Either way, I look forward to seeing the finished model in due course.

 

Alastair

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Bob Martin

Thank you all for the comments.  Last week on NHK Japanology Plus, the topic was Showa era design and the Nakagin Tower.  That gave me the idea and incentive to get started on this project. I’m making it at approx 1:190 scale, as 1:150 would have been a bit overpowering.  Hopefully I’ll have it completed this weekend, and will post final pics.

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cteno4

I remember the first time I saw it in person on my first trip to japan in 84. I spent a day wandering around Sumada river and harbor area and gardens there and came around a corner and wham there was the tower. Totally a “what the hell is that moment”, but fell in love with it. some day I’m going to have to get it done. Maybe this is the project that gets me on 3D printing!

 

would love some more pictures of how you did the model!

 

Kudos again!

 

jeff

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ShaunField

Are you willing to share (or sell!) the file? I'd love to do this in Z

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Kamome442

A beautiful looking model Bob, it may not be the prettiest building but it certainly has character and a lot of presence, thank you for sharing.

Out of interest is the lettering at the top added separately or part of the print?

 

@ShaunField There is a Z scale model that can be downloaded here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3714341

I haven't downloaded it myself (I may have to now I have seen Bob's model) but it looks pretty accurate to my untrained eye.

 

Joe

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20 hours ago, cteno4 said:

I remember the first time I saw it in person on my first trip to japan in 84. I spent a day wandering around Sumada river and harbor area and gardens there and came around a corner and wham there was the tower. Totally a “what the hell is that moment”, but fell in love with it. some day I’m going to have to get it done. Maybe this is the project that gets me on 3D printing!

 

would love some more pictures of how you did the model!

 

Kudos again!

 

jeff

The good thing about Nakagin Tower is that it is very well documented. There are tons of photos and many 2D drawings and blueprints. And several 3D models already exist (some free, and some for pay). 

 

6 hours ago, Kamome442 said:

A beautiful looking model Bob, it may not be the prettiest building but it certainly has character and a lot of presence, thank you for sharing.

Out of interest is the lettering at the top added separately or part of the print?

 

@ShaunField

The lettering is printed separately and then glued on...

 

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Bob Martin
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Finished up Nagakin Tower.  Took just over a week to complete.  I’m estimating about 62 hours of 3D printing (not counting all the prototypes and rejects), and another 5-6 hours of assembling all the pieces.

 

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So I’m working on v2.0 now. The first one just seemed a bit too small at 1:200. So this one will be 1:160 (nice 1.25x multiplier).  With the efficiencies learned making the first one, this one should take the same or less time to

make, especially with printing the capsules.

 

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So I finally finished the 1:160 build.  With the larger size I was able to add more detail such as the corrugated cladding, firewall between capsules, fire escape, etc.

 

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maihama eki

That's awesome.

 

On my last trip to Japan in 2019, I walked over to that area to take some photos. There were rumors of impending demolition at that time. It was a bit of gray winter morning and raining lightly. It was a little hard to get a clear photo because of the expressway.

 

I'm a fan of architecture, so I was sad to see it in disrepair and near its end.

 

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